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Our Interns Take Over Fargo Interns Instagram Account

Our Interns Take Over Fargo Interns Instagram Account

Our interns are taking over! An Instagram takeover, that is. All this week, our interns are doing an #InstagramTakeover of @FargoInterns to give followers an insider experience of internships at Spotlight Media.

Each week, the Fargo Interns account gets taken over by Fargo-Moorhead interns from local businesses to give sneak peeks into their work lives and connect local college students in the community. This week, it’s our turn!

Head on over to @FargoInterns, hit that follow button and keep an eye out for behind-the-scenes photos and videos of Spotlight Media!

Spotlight Media Is Hiring For A Variety Of Positions

Spotlight Media Is Hiring For A Variety Of Positions

Spotlight Media is constantly growing. If you’re looking for a new career in a creative and fast-paced environment, join our diversely skilled team. Spotlight Media has a variety of open positions available, anything from a distribution driver to designer to business operations assistant. See if any are right for you.

You can learn more about the positions below or visit our careers page and apply today!

Spotlight Media is a North Dakota publishing company. We publish over one million printed magazines per year. Our monthly publications include Fargo MonthlyFargo INC!Bison Illustrated and Design & Living Magazine. The team manages the editorial process, design, distributions, sales, web, mobile platforms and more.

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Introducing Our 3 New Interns

Introducing Our 3 New Interns

Photos by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our three new interns and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Tatiana Hasbargen | Admin/Business Operations Intern

“I graduated high school from Dilworth Glyndon Felton in 2014 and started college at NDSU that fall. I’m currently a senior at NDSU double majoring in marketing and global business, and I also have a minor in sociology. Before Spotlight, I was, and currently still am, a server at Lucky’s 13 in Fargo.”

Tatiana Hasbargen

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love to travel, some may say it’s an obsession of mine. When I’m not working, in class, or studying, I’m most likely at a coffee shop or sitting outside (weather permitting, of course) researching and planning where I want to go next.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“Something that may be surprising to some is that I played hockey when I was in fourth grade. Something that is not so surprising is that I wasn’t very good, I was a forward and I scored one goal. I played quite a few different sports that year—I was better at some than others—and I will venture to disclose that I peaked athletically that year. Even though I was not the female version of T.J. Oshie, hockey is still my favorite sport. My family is a big hockey family so it will always have a place in my heart.

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I was drawn to Spotlight Media by the quality of the magazines published and the growth that the company has seen in its few years as a company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I’m most excited about being part of a company that has so much support and outreach. It’s exciting for not only everyone here at Spotlight but also the entire FM community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch jobs with someone within Spotlight Media, I think I would switch with Editorial Director Andrew Jason. Mainly because Editorial Director Tatiana Hasbargen has a beautiful ring to it. I also think it would be awesome to work directly with the content of the magazines and the finalization steps.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“If Hollywood made a movie about my life, I think I would pick Emma Watson to be cast as me, partly because I love British accents. Also because we then would be forced to get to know each other and I could ask her about her life, her accomplishments surrounding women’s rights and what she wants to do next.”

Anushree Kesurvala | Intern

“I was born and brought up in India in the state called Gujarat, which is on the West Coast. Currently, I’m studying for my undergraduate degree in business administration and management at Purdue University, Indiana. I completed two years at Purdue and will be a junior in the fall of 2017.”

Anushree Kesurvala

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love singing and reading during my free time. Also, I’m a fan of stand-up comedies. They are my stress-busters.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is ‘Matilda.’ I have been a big fan of Roald Dahl and have read all his books. I was more inspired by the character when I was selected to be a part of the school skit for one of the scenes. The character Matilda indirectly also encouraged me to read more.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I have been learning Indian Classical Music since sixth grade and am also a part of an acapella group on campus.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“As I love to read about startups, I recently came across Fargo INC!, which gave me a lot of information about entrepreneurship and business at Fargo, thus I got interested in learning more by being a part of the community.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I look forward to learning about new resources and gain versatile experience in advertising and public relations. I’m really excited for my journey with Spotlight Media.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would switch my job with Jenny Johnson as I think that being a client relations manager is one of the most amazing things to do. Furthermore, she is always so cheerful!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I would like Anne Hathaway to play my role as I loved her character in the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ Also, I just love her smile!

“P.S. I have watched that movie at least 20 times.”

Ruth Olson | Marketing Intern

“Born and bred in Fargo, North Dakota. I go to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and major in marketing. Before working at Spotlight Media, I have worked as a nanny, office assistant, bartender and waitress.”

Ruth Olson

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“If I’m not at work, I try to spend as much time as possible at the lake during the summer months. I love make-up, fashion, decorating, gardening and playing with my dogs. I enjoy watching sports, especially hockey, traveling, skiing and going to concerts.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My top three favorite movies are ‘Step Brothers,’ ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Forrest Gump.’ I don’t think I can pick just one!”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I have a tattoo on the inside of my lower lip!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media initially?
“I was attracted to Spotlight Media because the company has so many different areas where I can gain experience. They are growing and have an innovative staff.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I’m looking forward to learning and growing with Spotlight Media.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Jennifer Lawerence! I would want her to play the role of me in the movie of my life because then we would become best friends. My plan is foolproof. We would have to hang out for awhile so she can get to know me, my mannerisms and perfect my ‘North Dakota’ accent. Then we would be devastated that filming is over because we had so much fun these couple months and then she would look me dead in the eyes and ask, ‘Did we just become best friends? Yup.'”

Introducing Spotlight Media’s 2 New Interns

Introducing Spotlight Media’s 2 New Interns

Photos by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our two new interns and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Nick Hackl | Business Operations Intern

Nick Hackl Spotlight Media

“I’m from the Twin Cities, more specifically Plymouth, Minnesota. I went to Wayzata High School, which is known for a variety of our sports as well as the large number of students who attend the school (close to 4,000). I just finished my junior year at NDSU pursuing business management, following the footsteps of my Dad and continuing to run our family business called RMH Business Solutions, which helps small business owners in a one-stop shop to get payroll, corporation taxes, bookkeeping and many others all done at the same place. The company is a franchise and I hope to be able to fly out to the different locations and see what is doing well for the owners and what could be improved in a way that will increase revenue.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“Some fun things about me are that I started playing sports at a very young age and kept wanting to learn how to play a different sport each year. Due to that, I have played most sports: basketball, soccer, baseball, karate, cross-country running and skiing, track and field, football, dance, gymnastics, etc. Another fun thing is that freshmen year, I participated in reading a book a day. These books have ranged from leadership to motivation to even management.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Throughout my Internship, I hope to accomplish what the operation side of a company all entails as well as how to overcome obstacles to keep a company thriving.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch jobs with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, it would be Mike. The reason for this is I want to see how stressful it really is owning a company and waking up every morning asking the same question day after day: How can I make an impact not only to the people around me but also to the community?”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“And if Hollywood made a movie about my life, I would like to see Chris Pratt play me because in the industry he is one of the nicest actors out there and genuinely enjoys being in movies and not just trying to see what movie would make him the most money. And so for that, I would want someone to play me who is known for being nice and genuine just like many have told me countless times.”

Kyle Gliva | Accounting Intern

“I am from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and I plan on graduating from NDSU with a degree in accounting/finance next year. For my previous two jobs, I worked as a sod laborer and as a warehouse worker, so this job is completely new to me.”

Kyle Gliva Spotlight Media

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m on the NDSU wrestling team and I spend plenty of time with that, so I’m not sure if I consider that a hobby or another job. Besides that, I love to golf, lift weights, and sleep.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
Book: “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
Movie: “Goodwill Hunting”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I’ve never left the country.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Saw the intern position posted on my career page, and it looked like an interesting position.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I am looking forward to learning how a business operates from an internal perspective and how to account for it and making new relationships.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Not really sure, Mike probably.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Brad Pitt, similar looks.”

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Portraits by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. Meet Fargo INC! Editorial Intern Kara Jeffers and Project Administrative Intern Kelsey Wolters, and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Kelsey Wolters | Project Administrative Intern

Kelsey Wolters is from Burtrum, Minnesota, a village of roughly 100 people about 15 minutes outside of Long Prairie, Minnesota. She’s currently enrolled at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she’s scheduled to graduate December 2017 with a major in advertising and a double minor in mass communications and media analysis. Going on four years this August, Wolters is also a manager at the Moorhead Country Club.

Kelsey Wolters

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to my parents house, since they live on a lake, and playing with our chocolate lab named Bogey—yes, we are a golfing family. I started golfing when I was six years old, but even though I only go a handful of times a year, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

“Two of the reasons I enjoy winter is because of snowmobiling and hockey season. I grew up in a hockey loving family, so yelling at the TV during games is a common thing. My family also goes on a yearly snowmobile trip around Voyageurs National Park.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I can quote a majority of Walt Disney movies, but the Lion King I have memorized like the back of my hand. It was always my favorite movie growing up. If you don’t believe me, wait until you hear me talk about my dog, Mufasa. Best part, he’s a Yorkie, so he is only a small dog with a big dog name.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My mom works at the printing press in Long Prairie, Minnesota, that handles a few Spotlight magazine accounts. When I realized I wanted to get more into sports/advertising a couple years ago, she brought home the Bison Illustrated magazine for me to look at and I started looking into the magazines and following them ever since.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I have always been curious as to how the company works, so understanding and learning the complete process from brainstorming to sending the magazines to print is something I am ready to learn.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would have to say it would probably be with a photographer or designer. I was a photography major for two years at MSUM before I switched over to advertising. I have always enjoyed the art and the creative process.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Zooey Deschanel because I went through a phase where I had dark hair and straight bangs. But mostly, it would be because in “New Girl,” she’s slightly awkward and always joking around or laughing. If you were to ask my friends, they could tell you a few dozen awkward stories of me, along with the fact I can never be serious for more than a few seconds.”

Kara Jeffers | Fargo INC! Editorial Intern

Kara Jeffers is from Garrison, North Dakota, a small town north of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Lake Sakakawea. She’s expected to graduate from North Dakota State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in theatre arts. In addition to working at Spotlight Media, Jeffers also works at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center, where she’s one of the first people (and, at times, only person) visitors meet when they arrive to North Dakota—talk about pressure.

Kara Jeffers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I enjoy theatre, specifically directing. I read a lot, both books and plays. During the summer, I ride my bike and try to do at least 10 miles every day. I play piano and the ukulele. I’m constantly planning road trips I want to take.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I like to do things that scare me. For example, I’m scared of heights but try to put myself into situations to help me conquer that fear, like skydiving, parasailing, climbing towers or walls, going on to roofs of buildings and so on.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“While working at the F-M Visitor’s Center, we get all of (Spotlight Media’s) publications delivered to us to hand out to visitors. I would always read them when they came in. As the semester was nearing an end, and I was looking for a journalism-related internship, I remembered how fun and creative the magazines were and decided to look up job opportunities at Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I’m looking forward to creating connections with my coworkers and people in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I’m excited to meet and get to know people within the business community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would want to switch with Sarah Geiger, the lead designer. I’ve always been interested in design, even though it’s been several years since I’ve pursued it, and I think the switch would also remind me how much work the designers do that doesn’t always get recognized.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Oh gosh, I expected this question to be difficult. It’s actually super easy. Mae Whitman, for three reasons: 1. I’ve loved every character I’ve seen her portray. 2. “Parenthood” is my favorite. 3. She has just as many, if not more, ear piercings as I do.”

Meet The Interns: Taylor Paluck

Meet The Interns: Taylor Paluck

This past week, Spotlight Media hired four new interns to join our eclectic team of employees. Meet our Social Media Intern, Taylor Paluck.

Where are you from?
Saint Michael, MN

What’s your major?
Public Relations and Advertising

Give us a a couple sentences about you. 
I go to school at NDSU I will be a senior in the fall. I am addicted to coffee and love reading and being outside.

Are you a pirate or a ninja fan? 
Ninjas hands down

What is your favorite pastime hobby? 
I try not to have a pastime I love being busy. But in my free time cooking is what I love to do!

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Luke Bryan

Which way does your toilet paper hang  – over or under? 
Over Duh, I don’t want it hanging all over the floor.

Meet The Interns: Linda Norland

Meet The Interns: Linda Norland

Spotlight Media hired four new interns this week, and we’re giving you exclusive information about each of them over the course of the next few days. Today, it’s Linda Norland the Web intern.
Where are you from?

I’m from Fargo, born and raised!

What’s your major?
New Media & Web Design, with a minor in Journalism.
 
Give us a a couple sentences about you.
Describing myself in a few sentences is hard. I am a creative person and I love writing, drawing, designing and other crafty things. I have two pet rabbits that I love to talk about. And of course, I am an NDSU Bison!
Are you a pirate or a ninja fan?
Ninjas, definitely.
What is your favorite pastime hobby?
Probably photography.
Who is your celebrity crush?
This guy from a Spanish drama I’ve been Netflix-ing.
Which way does your toilet paper hang  – over or under?
I don’t even know. I guess I don’t normally think about it.
Meet The Interns: Taylor Markel

Meet The Interns: Taylor Markel

This past week Spotlight Media has hired four new interns. Over the course of the next few days we will be revealing exclusive information about the newest members of the team. Today, Taylor Markel our editorial intern.

Where are you from?
Fargo, N.D.

What’s your major?
Apparel,  Retail, Merchandising and Design and an Art Minor

Give us a a couple sentences about you.
Love having fun and pursuing things that create happiness, spending time with family and friends!

Are you a pirate or a ninja fan?
HIIII-YAH!!! Ninjas all the way.

What is your favorite pastime hobby?
Writing, friend/family get togethers, shopping, way too many!!

Who is your celebrity crush?
Ryan Gosling (♡)

Which way does your toilet paper hang  – over or under?
Oh my gosh over is the only way!

Meet The Interns: Pace Maier

Meet The Interns: Pace Maier

Spotlight Media hired four new interns this past week and over the next few days we will be revealing exclusive Q&As with each of them. First up, our Bison Illustrated intern Pace Maier.

Where are you from?

Saint Peter, MN

What’s your major?

Journalism 

Give us a couple sentences about you.

I’m a junior at NDSU and this upcoming school year I’ll be the Sports Editor at the student-run newspaper on campus. I’ve been to 27 states and plan to get to all of them.

Are you a pirate or a ninja fan? 

Pirate

What is your favorite pastime hobby? 

Golfing, reading, writing and Netflix

Who is your celebrity crush?  

Jennifer Lawrence

Which way does your toilet paper hang  – over or under? 

Under