EMH hired two new interns for this summer, Phyllis Lee and Cameron Berthelsen, who are excited to work with EMH and our great clients!
What is your hometown?
Phyllis: I was born in Gainesville, Florida. My family moved around a lot until we finally settled down in the small town of Ponchatoula, which is about an hour away from New Orleans. It is known as the strawberry capital of the world and has annual strawberry festivals!
Cameron: Clifton, Virginia. Although, since moving to New Orleans, my entire family has moved to South Carolina, so now I call New Orleans my home.
What are your hobbies?
Phyllis: I have recently gotten into writing, which is pretty fun and cathartic. I am also a major “foodie,” so I love trying out new restaurants, taking pictures of my food, and, of course, eating it!
Cameron: I have been very interested in exercise and fitness since I discovered a weight set in our basement at the age of 15. So my biggest hobby is probably weight lifting and exercise. I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping, but New Orleans does not have much to offer in that category. Beyond that, I have taken up woodworking and furniture building, which has become my new obsession. I really enjoy being able to craft something out of nothing but raw materials and sweat.
What are your areas of interest?
Phyllis: I am pursuing a career in strategy and management consulting, because I have such a good time working with a team to come up with an effective solution. I am also particularly interested in leadership and innovation, because I feel that these skills are critical to be competitive today.
Cameron: I am interested in a wide array of different topics mostly centered around business development and management and the legal aspects that structure those decisions and developments. I do love learning about and working with businesses that are solving problems in the world either through sustainable innovations or social initiatives.
What is your favorite thing in New Orleans so far?
Phyllis: This is a very hard question for me. There are so many things I love about New Orleans. The food is amazing, the music is fun, and the people are great. But I think my favorite thing about New Orleans is how close and tight-knit the community is. New Orleans is one of the many reasons that I am proud to call Louisiana my home.
Cameron: New Orleans has the most culture out of any city that I have either lived in or visited in the United States. This city was literally revived after Katrina by its culture of music, food, celebrations, and open mindset. That is how strong the culture is here. I love that it is rude to not say hi to someone when they walk past you on a sidewalk. I love that no one seems to be in a rush. Mostly, I love that at any point, no matter what day of the week or time of the year it is, there is always something going on. I was told by a good friend when I moved here that “if you are ever bored, it’s your own fault.” That advice has proven true time and time again.
What is on your New Orleans bucket list?
Phyllis: This might be surprising, but I really want to meet the people on Swamp People. Although I’ve lived in Louisiana for most of my life, I haven’t experienced that kind of culture yet! I think another thing on my bucket list is to bring all my close friends from college to New Orleans and introduce them to the many things that make this city so special!
Cameron: Definitely a swamp tour on a fan boat. I want to see the bayous and spot some alligators. I also want to participate in the red dress run and hopefully, at some point, be a 610 Stomper. That may be a bit difficult, however, because I cannot grow facial hair like a real man and the majority of the 610 Stompers have very impressive mustaches and/or beards. Although it may not be very realistic, a dream of mine would also to be a streetcar driver. I think that would be a really interesting and unique job that very few people could say they’ve done.