Hello there! We’re the kegs, or Barrel’s three summer interns. Barrel’s internship program has officially kicked off, and we thought we’d introduce ourselves through a group Q&A.
1. Three sentences about yourself. Go.
Katie Chin (Design Intern): I’ve lived in the same apartment all my life in Chinatown, New York, which is just 10 minutes away from the Barrel office. I’m really goal-oriented; I knew that I wanted to be a web designer since I started poking around the HTML tutorial on Neopets in the fifth grade. I’m going to pack as much as I can in my last sentence: I reread all seven Harry Potter books every summer and I gave all 50 of my stuffed animals names and birthdays as a kid and I can’t whistle and I like milk tea and I’m a grammar nazi even though I’ve just written the worst run-on sentence.
Taylor Udell (Development Intern): Katie, you name all your stuffed animals, but don’t even name your first pet?
KC: I never noticed that! My fish did have a name – it was Fish.
Diane Wang (Content Strategy Intern) : I don’t know what to say to that…
TU: So original? Anyway, I grew up in a small beach town near San Diego, CA and have a younger sister and two dogs, and have never lived in a city before in my life. I’m a senior in college majoring in Information Science (communications mixed with computer science mixed with a little design) and Psychology. And I am one of the klutziest people you’ll ever meet (I can trip over anything…even air).
DW: Unlike Taylor, I grew up in three big cities: New York (where I am now), Tokyo, and Hong Kong, where my family currently lives. The twelve-hour time difference and sixteen-hour flight to go home makes things just a tad difficult on my end but I could never choose between the two cities. There’s just something about the hustle and bustle; it allows me to always be on the lookout for new things to learn and experience whether it be finally mastering the art of juggling or scoping out a new brunch place.
2. Why “Keg”?
TU: Well we started out with Bucket…
KC: But Peter jokingly told us a bucket is a cheaper version of a barrel. We didn’t want that to stick!
DW: A Keg is also a kind of Barrel, isn’t it? And we do have two kegs in the office.
3. What do you hope to learn from Barrel?
KC: The designers here are so good! It’s kind of intimidating, but I’m excited about picking up some of their skills during my 10 weeks. On the first day, Andrea gave us a mini Illustrator tutorial on gradient meshes during the design meeting. I’m glad that I learned something new on the first day.
TU: I feel like everyone here is so knowledgeable across multiple areas of web development and design. I’m hoping their skills will help me evolve into a more well rounded web developer. I am looking forward to improving my web development skills, and excited to learn new design techniques and tools.
DW: Anything and everything? The digital world is such an exciting place to be, in terms of design, development and strategy.
4. What’s your favorite office perk so far?
KC: We got an adorable welcome package full of goodies (and food!) before the internship started. I love that Barrel cares about us and treats their interns like valuable members of the team.
TU: Food, dogs, wine, ping pong? What more could we ask for? But since I have to pick one thing, I think I’m going to say the office environment. Not only is everyone friendly, helpful and funny, but I’m pretty sure office environment can include all of the above?
DW: Yes to dogs; Chocolate just licked my leg. But I’m gonna call my fav our extensive book library. Thanks for the Kindles, Barrel!
KC: Nice job limiting yourself to one favorite Taylor! Since you’ve already cheated, I’m going to add a second favorite: free lunches. It saves so much money, and the food is delicious; we’re having pho today!
DW: How do you know we’re having pho!? Nobody told me!
TU: Pho sure (props to Andrea for that one)! But you were in a meeting. As you can tell we work in a very high class establishment.