This is the true story of three interns, picked to be thrown together in Palo Alto, work in “the bullpen,” and drink too much coffee. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start dominating tech PR – The Real World: Voce Nation.
Stefanie is the classy one.
Justin is the expert one.
Kate is the one who had no idea what she was getting herself into.
Kate Van Bronkhorst
I was the baby of Voce at the tender age of (barely) 19. I couldn’t go out for drinks after work with my coworkers, I didn’t get jokes that referenced anything before about 1994, and I didn’t appreciate people gasping after I told them when I was born.
I don’t mean that the Voce team is full of stuffy cube-dwellers that are completely out of touch with the younger generation. No, that’s hardly the case. Some days I wasn’t sure if I was working in a public relations firm or in my college dorm—people were throwing footballs, playing with the dog, or shouting movie quotes at each other.
It was the perfect office atmosphere, especially when I was having a less-than-perfect day. I was transported right back to high school when my press releases and media alerts came back with corrections and changes all over them. There was a part of me that would become terribly frustrated and want to give up.
But I found my motivation in my coworkers.
The experience I got working at Voce did exactly what I hoped—it helped me focus in on what I want to do after college. I don’t know if PR is the field for me, but I certainly gained an immense appreciation for what it takes to be successful in this industry. I don’t yet have the internal fire of Matt Podboy, the grace and poise of Kari Curto, or the dedication to perfection of Stephanie Luttringhaus. But after working with them and the rest of the Voce crew of PR professionals, I know what qualities I want to have in a few short years.
And so I say thank you, Voce.
Thank you for giving me a chance.
Thank you for making me laugh.
Thank you for challenging me.
Thank you for my introduction to the real world.
Afternoon chats in the bullpen. Brainstorming sessions while playing four square with an oversized exercise ball. Continual trips down the street to Starbucks. Email chains from your coworkers congratulating your recent media close.
My experience as an intern at Voce has been an amazing, engaging and enjoyable one. There has never been a moment when I regretted joining the family here. I couldn’t think of another company that would give me the support, encouragement and continual push that Voce has given me during my time here. And now, I can’t leave! Upon my return to Santa Clara University for my final year, I’ve been given the opportunity to stay onboard at Voce and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve worked since I was 15 years old and this is THE ONLY job where I haven’t counted down the hours to my last day (and sometimes that countdown starts a few weeks into the job!) I can’t wait for what lies ahead and I’m thankful that I was able to begin my PR journey with Voce.
I just wanted to formally thank everyone for my experience here over the last three months. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know all of you in and out of the office. Professionally, this has been a great eye opening experience, and I have learned things here that I never could have in the classroom. Many highlights come to mind when thinking about the last three months but I think that the culture of Voce is the thing that I will remember the most. Hard work, dedication, and a hell of a lot of fun. You have all taught me more than I could have ever expected, and his has been an experience that I will never forget.
And so I say one last thank you, and good luck, I will truly miss you all.