KEENtern Alumni Spotlight: Heather Kline
Heather, in the lower left corner, dancin’ up a storm. Just your average sales meeting.
We have a saying in the office: Once a KEENtern, always a KEENtern. Why? Because our intern program is unlike any other, and because you get real world experience with other like-minded folks. Last year, we had interns from Montana, Michigan, Alaska, Iowa, Texas and even one who applied during her study abroad program in France! It’s 10 amazing weeks jam-packed with work and play. Not to mention, it takes place during the summer, right here at KEEN HQ, located in the heart of the Pearl District.
Every year, around the time the winter frost melts down, we open up our program for a fresh crop of applicants, and that time has come again—so we thought it’d be a good idea to interview some past KEENterns, who are now full-time employees, to hear about their experiences and to gain some insider tips and tricks. We sat down with Heather Kline who is now working as a Field Service Rep for our central US region.
How did you hear about the KEENtern Program?
I actually found it on an intern match site. It sounded like the perfect fit for me and an incredible opportunity, so I went for it!
What was your position like/what did it entail?
My position was the Events Marketing Intern, so I worked closely with the heads of the events department in communicating and coordinating with vendors for KEEN events, assisting with set up and tear down, being a brand ambassador and spreading the KEEN love at these events—and most of all, giving out loads of high-fives.
Funniest moment during your time as an intern?
Way too many come to mind, but perhaps my favorite moment was the epic dance party at KEENfest 2015. The best team bonding takes place on the dance floor.
What’s it like being in Portland for your internship?
Amazing. When you are not working, there’s an endless amount of things to do. The breweries, the festivals every weekend, the concerts—it’s incredible. And if you need a break from the city, the most beautiful outdoors are a mere 30 minutes away. Soak up as much as you can in those ten weeks because it goes by too fast.
Must see/eat in Portland?
Everything in sight. Bring your stretchy pants, don’t even bother packing jeans. You cannot go wrong with the food trucks. Mother’s Bistro is a must for brunch. Pok Pok is a definite one to try. Then go across the street and get ice cream from Salt & Straw afterwards. And never pass up a late night pizza slice from Sizzle Pie.
How did you get your job now at KEEN/what was that process like? Did you take a break and go back to school or jump right into your position?
I took a break for about a week and jumped right back in with KEEN! I’m now the Field Service Rep for KEEN in the Midwest. The person who had the position before me was leaving it at about the same time that my internship was wrapping up. I had already met all the other FSR’s at KEENfest, I love travel and new adventures, events are my bread and butter, and I’m from the Midbest already (excuse me Midwest), so it worked out perfectly.
Any tips for applicants?
Of course don’t pretend to be somebody you’re not, but be open to new experiences, new processes and new adventures—because you will get a lot of them if selected. Think outside the box. They love that.
Best part about working here?
The people I work with are as top notch as they come—some of the hardest workers I’ve met. They push you to be your best and will gladly help you along with way. Many times in internships you may feel forgotten about, or asked to do tedious tasks, but that was never the case during mine. I was never treated like an intern, but always as part of the KEEN Team.
Applications are open until April 1st!
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