What do you do at Merritt Group?
I am currently an intern working across the cybersecurity and government practice groups. This is my first time in an agency, so I’m busy learning the ropes. Day-to-day, I assist in everything from social media planning, to pitching reporters, to basic account management for a variety of clients.
Who do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram and why?
Washingtonian Magazine (@washingtonianmag), BYT (@brightestyoungthings) and Edible DC (@edible_DC) are the publications I follow on Instagram to keep up with trends and the newest D.C. hot spots. I also follow @happyhensandhighlands because Highland Cows are completely adorable and grossly underappreciated.
What's your favorite piece of technology?
That would have to be my wireless headphones. Running with them has made working out almost enjoyable! Almost.
What’s the one gadget you think needs to be invented?
I have a frustrating habit of losing everything. If there was a way for me to discreetly track my things (sunglasses, credit cards, jewelry) without a bulky GPS device, I would invest heavily.
What do you love to do when you are not working?
Living around the D.C. area means you never really have an excuse to be bored. There’s always a museum to check out, or a new happy hour to try. I also make it a point to run along the C&O Canal at least twice a week. The views are incredible and it’s almost entirely flat, which makes it a lot more inviting if you’re a runner that hates running – like me.
What's the best book you've read recently?
I recently finished Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Based on a real-life American scandal, the book weaves the story of a Memphis-based adoption organization that notoriously kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families throughout the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s a serious tearjerker, but worth it for the happy ending.
What are your podcast recommendations?
I listen to Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness every day during my commute. Not only is he hugely entertaining, and fierce, but he takes on complicated, real-world topics and talks them through with expert guests in a way that’s easily digestible.
What's your favorite Merritt Group memory?
I’ve only been here about a month, but I’ve already gotten to experience a lot of the company culture that makes Merritt so unique. During my second week, Merritt celebrated its first annual Spirit Week. Each day had a theme and some sort of in-office event. Then, at the end of the week I recapped the fun in my first-ever blog post!
What's one thing you can't live without?
Google Maps. I wouldn’t make it out of my own driveway without it. Seriously.
What's the most interesting item on your desk?
Since I’m just an intern, my desk is pretty sparse. I am considering some succulents to spruce things up, but I’m open to suggestions!