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Mason ’21 Interns with Hudson Sutler

Samuel Mason ’21 served as a digital marketing intern for Hudson Sutler.

Samuel Mason ’21 landed a position as a digital marketing intern for Hudson Sutler, a high-end travel and lifestyle brand that sells bags and travel accessories. A history major and writing and rhetoric minor, Mason’s passion for photography and marketing steered him to apply for the position.

Hired in February, Mason was tasked with photographing the company’s products in a studio setting. He used these photographs in short videos detailing product features.

Having learned basic photography skills from an introductory course, Mason says he had little experience with studio photography at the start of his internship. He credits Kevin Colton, the Colleges’ Chief Photographer, with much of his success. “I was lucky to use the office’s studio space, and even luckier to have generous help from Kevin – he sat with me and helped me throughout the entire time I was shooting.”

As the weather improved, Mason’s role shifted from studio photography to outdoor lifestyle photography. “I’m really excited about the lifestyle photography,” Mason says. “Springtime Geneva will be a great background for Hudson Sutler’s travel bags.”

Mason landed this position through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional, and Experiential Education, which advertised the internship opportunity to students interested in digital marketing. Through the internship, Mason worked closely with Jake Lecky ’10, Hudson Sutler’s Director of Sales.

Lecky is an engaged alum, serving on the President’s Leadership Council. An entrepreneur, he has lent his knowledge of startups and consumer products to entrepreneurial initiatives at the Colleges, including advising the winner of the 2020 Pitch Contest, Nicole Wright ’20. As a student at HWS, he majored in American studies and was a member of the Hobart golf team.

Mason is interested in pursuing a career in either digital product marketing, social media management or journalism.

“It’s important to have confidence in yourself and to follow your interests,” Mason says. “I didn’t have much experience going into my internship, but I decided to take on the challenge.  I’m really enjoying myself and have found something I am passionate about.”

On campus, Mason is a member of the club ski team, has served as a writing colleague and is a part of Greek life.