Things got a little more youthful around the kwELITE Real Estate office this week with the arrival of its two new summer interns.
Hallie Parker and Jacey Clarey started their summer marketing internships on Tuesday, eager to learn more about the marketing and real estate fields.
“It has been really good,” Parker said. “People are really welcoming, and it’s a really fun environment so far.”
“It’s really great to meet everyone and there’s a lot of opportunity here, so I’m excited to see and hear about all the new things I’ll be learning this summer.”
Both are Scotus Central Catholic High School alumni – Parker graduated in 2019 and Clarey followed in 2020. As part of their internships, the duo are obtaining their drone license to help with kw listing videos of homes and other properties. They’ll also help create social media posts for Parkway Plaza-based businesses and with various photography efforts, such as with VRLY Columbus’ “Something Good Magazine” (debuting in June).
The two said they specifically reached out to kwELITE Broker/Owner Renee Mueller about interning this summer based on what they knew about the company. Clarey first became familiar with Mueller and kwELITE when her parents bought a home through the company a couple of years ago.
“It was really cool – my parents had a really good experience with kw,” she recalled.
Clarey was pursuing pre-dental her freshman year, but had determined before her second semester ended it wasn’t the field she wanted to go into anymore. Her family’s positive experience with kwELITE helped her determine she wanted to eventually obtain her real estate license herself and pursue her interest in marketing.
“I believe it can give me more insight into that career combined with marketing,” said Clarey, who is now majoring in business administration with an emphasis in marketing at the University of Nebraska Kearney, of her internship.
Parker’s story is slightly different. She said she already knew kwELITE Realtor Erin Nahorny through her church group, but regular kwELITE social media posts about community events and more really got her attention.
“I came in more on the marketing side, but I think it will be interesting to combine that with real estate,” said Parker, who is majoring in business administration with an emphasis in management at Mount Marty University in Yankton, South Dakota.
Clarey and Parker said they love Columbus and believe it’s a community on the rise, noting many young people are choosing to come back home.
“I think it’s a growing town,” Clarey said.
Parker echoed that sentiment.
“There are a lot of new things coming to Columbus and a lot of people are starting to come back,” she said.
Mueller said she’s excited to have Parker and Clarey as interns for the summer, noting that bringing on summer interns plays into kwELITE’s efforts to help grow and promote the community in a positive manner.