Welcome on Board Our Incredible SMWLDN Interns

Social Media Week

Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas and insights into social media and technology's impact on business, society, and culture.

Ever since Social Media Week London began it’s grown rapidly and now in it’s fourth year February 2012 saw 178 events, with over 15,000 tickets snapped up and 10,000 online viewers – this September’s coming SMWLDN will be more busy & exciting.

We’re a small team here at Chinwag and have recruited volunteers to help us make SMWLDN a success for the past three years. In return for their help, we’ve been able to provide both experience, access to a huge variety of interesting events and a large network of contacts. Our previous volunteers have gone on to do some fantastic things, now working with TechHub, Nokia, Ogilvy and more, and hopefully this year’s will do similarly.

This September, we’ve asked 4 lovely interns to join us in the run-up to this September’s SMWLDN and each will be helping us to make the week possible, so please welcome on board:

Sara Al Zawqari

@sous_alz // LinkedIn

Originally from Yemen born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I have a BA in Visual Communications from The American University in Dubai, and currently finishing my Masters in International Journalism in Westminster University. I’m a visual person, totally hooked on ads, films, and news. Love Love Love the Beach, love love filming and love travelling (hate the plane part though). Training in Chinwag, and taking part in bringing Social Media Week London to life is an amazing opportunity. I am sure that this will be a great platform to learn, network, and have lots of fun.

Megan Bowen

@meganbowen21 // LinkedIn

Hi I’m Megan, I study International Business with French at Birmingham and have one year left to go! Social media allows me to keep in contact with my friends from across the world on Facebook and to find out what’s going on in London on Twitter. My latest mission is to raise money for Parkinson’s UK through a blog which promotes creativity – find out more at www.creativeforparkinsonsuk.blogspot.com. The thing I’m most excited for during SMWLDN is the Food Truck Challenge – a foursquare competition between the best food stalls in London. All the deets are coming soon, make sure you get involved!

Ksenya Gray

@tlmxo // LinkedIn

Ksenya Gray has been splitting her time between the United States and the United Kingdom for the past 6 years. Recently, she has dived into the fringe theatre and pursuing a future in the social media and communications field. She has honed in on her skills from working in theatre, mostly backstage and on the technical side of productions for over twelve productions in the last year. Her first endeavour into social media is a Social PR Coordinator for P.O.V.V.A. She is excited to be joining the team as an intern and working on the one of the busiest weeks, Social Media Week London 2012. It combines all of her key strengths – communicating with people, working in social media but she is eager to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes for events and the progression and work it takes to get from start to finish.

Tapasree Mukherjee

@TapasreeM // LinkedIn

I am Tapasree Mukherjee, pursuing Msc. in International Business Management from the University of West London. I am born and brought up in India. I am a graduate in Bachelors of Business Administration, post which worked for a year before landing up here. Having grown up in a residential school, I love being around lots of people. I’m an optimistic person, love to be of any help to others, love music, movies, social networking, exploring places, try my hands on guitar, cooking, photography and editing.

Currently, I’m an intern at Chinwag for the SMWLDN and quite loving my job.

Why did I wish to work for the SMWLDN: I find Social Media quite ‘cool’. It’s not been too long I started trying to blend myself in the world of social media and the more I get to know about the wonders social media can do, the more I have the urge to learn more about it.

It is an emerging industry today and I see a long way to go with it in life as a career. Choosing to do my university research work on Social Media, I am all the more interested in this job and learn anything related to social media. For me, ‘every little would help’!

Photo (cc) Andrew Hitchcock 

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