Meet Our Social Media Interns

Posted by zonevancouver in Zone Vancouver 27 Nov 2014

Zone Vancouver is proud to be running a social media internship program, offering opportunity for local talent to lend their skills, learn and engage with our community. This semester, we have been able to take on two interns who have been rocking our social media platforms since September.


Here’s a little bit about Nicole and Allen, what they like about working with us, their take on social media and advice for future interns.

Nicole Yeh (Twitter @Yeh_ItsNicole)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what drives you?

Nicole photoI was born in Taiwan but also grew up in New Zealand and Singapore, before finally settling in Vancouver (and Scotland, for a semester) for a bachelor’s degree in English literature and sociology at UBC. I like to think that the constant gallivanting has had a direct influence on my drive to satisfy my curiosity about the world, to always be learning, and to push myself to the limit because that’s when the interesting things happen!

2. What have you learned from your internship at Zone Vancouver so far?

Since we started in September, I’ve learned so much about using social media to build brand awareness and reach out to others through writing blog posts and live-tweeting events. Surprisingly, the experience has not only given me some insight into the world of event planning, but also the budding tech industry in Vancouver!

3. What is your favourite/least favourite thing about social media?

I still find myself amazed at our ability to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world and share content within a matter of seconds from small handheld devices. I love what social media makes possible– for instance, the Humans of New York blog has helped create a true sense of community within a big city. However, I find that the fast-paced but highly documentary nature of social media often limits our focus to small details, rather than inspire us to see the bigger picture.

4. Favourite Social Media Platform and why?

I like Instagram because sometimes, a picture really does say a thousand words. I find that it’s a unique way to connect with others… to see things from their perspective.

5. What kind of events do you enjoy going to?

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a techie, I really enjoyed the lunch with Science World that we hosted for Vancouver Startup Week this month. The passion of the startup community really shines through, creating an atmosphere of excitement that was contagious. I also loved this year’s Writers Fest and VIFF. Reading and the recent trend of watching movies on our devices tend to be quite lonely activities, so it’s pretty special to laugh, cry, applaud, and share an experience with hundreds of other book and movie lovers.

6. Based on your experiences so far, what advice would you give to a future Zone Vancouver intern?

You know the story about the turtle and the hare duking it out on the racetrack? Be the turtle. It may seem paradoxical to be the slow-moving animal when social media thrives on instant feedback and real-time communication, but it’s important to pace yourself so that you don’t burn out or make regrettable decisions. I found that keeping a calendar was really useful for keeping track of deadlines and tasks, and helping me stay focused. Finding a way to balance the fast pace of social media with careful strategizing may be difficult at first, but ultimately it will be consistency, dedication, and patience that carries you across the finish line.

Allen Quinn (Twitter @ItsAllenQuinn)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, what drives you?

Allen photoI’m an Alberta boy, born and raised in Calgary. Fell in love with British Columbia when I moved to Penticton for high school in 2007. When I moved back to Calgary following graduation, I missed it so much that I ended up returning to the Okanagan for college in 2010, followed by Vancouver for university in 2013. I’m driven to learn and be the best person I can be. I enjoy challenges and conquering them. My biggest drive is when people have doubts in my abilities or potential. I enjoy proving people wrong.

2. What are some of the challenges / what have you learned so far in the internship?

Coming up with relevant, creative, fresh content every week can be a challenge at times. I ended up moving back to Calgary in the middle of my internship too, so it proved a bit difficult at first to stay on top of what was happening in Vancouver. I find that staying organized, writing lists, and focusing on one task at a time is important. I’ve also learned the importance of staying on top of social media trends and tailoring to a particular audience.

3. What’s the best thing about working with social media?

I love the opportunities to interact and engage with people from all over the world. I enjoy hearing what others have to say and I find I get a lot of inspiration and motivation from hearing other’s insights.

4. What’s your favourite thing about writing?

I’d say the opportunity to express myself in ways that I am unable to in reality. I love to write and share my feelings and thoughts. It means a lot to me when people enjoy my writing and what I have to say. Take great pride in it.

5. Proudest achievement this year?

Finishing school. Cannot wait to graduate in 2015. Also landing my internship at Zone Vancouver. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I’m so honored to have been chosen to be a part of the team.

6. Based on your experiences so far, what advice would you give to a future Zone Vancouver intern?

Keep an open mind and ask a lot of questions. Be willing to learn because there’s no such thing as knowing everything about social media. It’s impossible to know everything, and that’s what makes it so fun and exciting. It’s certainly never boring! Also, as I mentioned in my previous question, keeping a journal of some kind has really benefitted me throughout my internship, especially with the tasks and deadlines. Take advantage of this opportunity because it’s rare to find an internship like this that has such a helpful and supportive team.

Follow along as Allen and Nicole help Zone Vancouver tell its story. Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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