Tawn, Riding Elephants, Cheering on Auburn and Ms. Peyton Smith

Peyton Smith five dogs

Profile by Hannah Gatens, Photos Courtesy of Peyton Smith’s Fun Facebook Profile


Which of the following do you think could be true about Consociate’s winter intern, Peyton Smith?

  1. She wants her next vacation to be somewhere she can ride an elephant.
  2. Her dream job is to work as an addition to Kathy Lee and Hoda’s 10 o’clock hour of The Today Show.
  3. Her nickname is Tawn.

All of the above!

Twenty-one-year-old Peyton was born and raised in Gloucester, Va. where she lived with her mom, dad, brother and five wild dogs (yep…those right up there). Gloucester, if you don’t know, sits just east of Richmond and west of Virginia Beach.

Peyton Smith Auburn Horse

Currently a junior at Auburn University, Peyton is studying Communications and working towards a Business minor — a pairing that could very well add that third chair to the 10 o’clock hour slot she’s chasing.

“I wanted to major in Communications because I knew it was a skill that many employers look for and was attracted to learning about a variety of topics that make me marketable,” Peyton said.

When deciding on Auburn, Peyton knew she wanted to explore options outside of Virginia, but never knew how much she could fall in love with a school until she stepped foot on Auburn’s campus.

At school, Peyton interns with the Media Relations team for the Athletic Department and is part of the equestrian team. Yes…she does have one championship ring!

Peyton Smith Auburn Champ Ring

She’s also a mentor for the Auburn Leadership Institute that works with freshmen and transfer student-athletes.

As for that nickname, “Tawn” comes from the sweet, slow Southern way to say “Pey-Tawn.” Even her coaches have taken a liking to it.

Peyton found her way to the Conscociate offices this winter when she came home to be with family for the holidays and has been busy helping the team map out media plans for 2015, completing social media audits of client accounts to help make 2015 even better for them and their social marketing campaigns and stretching her writing muscles, working on blog posts and bios on clients for new web sites under development.

Consociate Christmas Party Picture

“She folded right into the team as if she’s worked with us all from the beginning and as if she’s full time,” said Stephanie Heinatz, founder of Consociate. “We have a feeling she’ll be seeking an internship soon in the bustling Atlanta area, but if she makes it home again this summer, we have a desk ready for her. She’s worked hard and eagerly…while I’m guessing a lot of college students are taking time to relax over the holiday break.”

That work ethic, Peyton said, comes from her dad. You can’t worry about things out of your control, he had told her. But you can work hard.

“I try to remember and live by this advice,” Peyton said.

This advice, Peyton said, will carry her through her remaining time at Auburn, additional internships and well into the future, which, if all goes according to plan, will take her somewhere that includes an adventure putting her on top of an elephant.

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