Meet our interns: Nia and Micaela!

Meet our interns: Nia and Micaela!

I’m writing this after watching a live broadcast of President Trump declaring a national state of emergency, and feeling much less crazy for asking my interns to work remotely this week!

The Advokate office on Exchange Street in Downtown Glens Falls has been dark since last Thursday, and we brought our computers home to work remotely all week, taking appointments over the phone or rescheduling, and making last-minute plans with Brené Choppa, Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Early College Career Academy & PTECH at WSWHE BOCES, about this internship.

We’ve been communicating with students Nia and Micaela via Slack and Google Docs, sharing screenshots and chatting, giving feedback and sharing lessons of the trade. They’ve created some wonderful work for us and I’m happy to show you what they’ve created, along with their own words about their experience working with Advokate this week.

We’re navigating how to keep the wheels turning and are here for you if you need us. It’s not a bad idea to brush your online presence up since folks are going to be taking it to the ‘net. Drop a line if you want to brainstorm!

Screenshot of Slack conversation with interns

Nia DelValle

My name is Nia DelValle, and I did an internship at Advokate. Although my time at Advokate was brief, I learned a lot and gained really great real-life experiences. I worked on making a Press Release for an adoption agency called Friends In Adoption. This was definitely one of the most engaging projects I’ve done because it really gave me good insight into how the real world is like and how the field of Public Relations works. I was given quite a big task with a limited amount of time. I really enjoyed the challenge of this because the experience was professional and a real-world life experience. Having to come up with something creative on the fly was really fun to do and really let me see my potential. The second project I worked on was to make a layout design of an ebook for Advokate about “Branding and Social Media Strategy”. I once again had a limited amount of time for this project, but again loved the challenge of it, and being able to incorporate my skill of layout in InDesign to make it. I’m really appreciative of being able to be a part of this internship. The real-world experience it gave me was very exciting and useful, it helped me become more comfortable with what I will eventually be facing when I go to college in the Fall. I would definitely recommend this company to others who are in similar academic situations like mine.  


Micaela Kunkel

Over the past 5 days I’ve had a great time interning with Advokate. Kate and Caitlin were both so friendly and helped me every single day so that what I made turned out the best it could. I got to design a T-Shirt for a documentary about Charles Evans Hughes, which helped me understand what goes into making the t-shirts that I love to wear. I also got a better feeling for what deadlines I should expect in the industry. As a fun challenge, I got to draw Kate, Caitlin, and Cory as superheroes, which was definitely an interesting project to handle. Advokate was a delight to work with and I hope I get to work with people like them in the future!

Kate Austin-Avon

Kate Austin-Avon is the owner and founder of Advokate, LLC. She lives in Glens Falls, New York, with her husband Cory (Vice President of Advokate!) and their three children.