A New Career Path- #ExpressU
Hello everyone! I’m Cameron Kira Thomas, a senior Advertising major in the Art Direction track, and I’m a student brand ambassador for Express. Express is an American fashion retailer with over 600 national stores focusing on high-quality professional and casual apparel. The ambassador program titled #ExpressU gives students the opportunity to host on-campus events, create social media content promoting the brand, and give promotional presentations to fashion related organizations on campus. During my time in this program, I have gained a significant amount of clarity and connections that have helped me determine my path post-grad.
The Dream Internship: Group Two Advertising
My name is Ashley Simpkins and this past semester I was lucky enough to intern with Group Two Advertising as their Account Services intern. Group Two is a full-service advertising agency that specializes in marketing for home builders. To say that my time with Group Two was amazing would be the understatement of the century. Not only was I able to gain valuable experience from the four account executives at the agency who acted as mentors to me, but I was also able to work within the other departments. This was something that I am very appreciative of because I was able to learn more about myself. As I worked with the social media team on platforms such as Pinterest and Twitter, I quickly learned that social media work is not something that I see myself pursuing. This is extremely valuable information for me to know moving forward so that I can remain confident in pursuing the Account Management track that I currently am.
How A Marketing Agency Really Works
LightStream Group is a marketing agency concentrated in bank and credit union, healthcare, and higher education advertising. The organization has two locations, one in Lansdale PA and another in Telford PA, both suburbs of Philadelphia. They currently have just over 30 employees and one intern. They have had a handful of interns in the 10 years since their establishment, all of which acquired their internships through networking. As the only intern at the organization, I was given tasks in various departments: project management, writing, design, accounting, sales, and media/data analytics. My role in the organization changed from day to day, the main focus of my internship being to learn as much as possible about marketing.
Change Your Internship Trajectory
Life feels so surreal at the moment. Taylor Grissom, the senior Advertising major in the Copywriting concentration just completed her third, (and possibly final) internship. Every internship I’ve obtained has been in the entertainment marketing field, and this semester I had the pleasure of being the Publicity & Promotions Intern at Allied Global Marketing. I want to share 2 major tips I’ve learned along the way because they could quite possibly change your entire internship experience.
Experience at Temple University’s Marketing Department
Hello, curious reader! My name is Colin Giering, a student and independent filmmaker. I am a sophomore at Temple University with an intent to graduate with a degree in Advertising. This past 2018 fall semester I had the privilege of working with Temple University’s Marketing Department specifically, within the video department.
Trying out Temple Football
When many people think of fall, they think of apple cider, pumpkin picking, changing leaves, and of course, weekends dedicated to college football. With football season in full swing, I have had the opportunity to intern with Temple football and assist with their advertising, their graphics, and their behind-the-scene operations. My name is Jocelyn Burns, and I am a junior advertising major following the art direction track in the Klein School of Media and Communication.
From the View of a Senior
As a senior wrapping up the last of my assignments and realizing that my time as a Temple advertising student is coming to an end, I’ve been thinking a lot about advice I would give to current and potential students in Klein. My number one takeaway would be this: always intern.
Work, Play & Puppies
Work is almost as important as play at LevLane…almost.
On my last day, I walked into the 4th floor office of the Wanamaker Building and was greeted by familiar faces. Mostly.
Today happened to be the photoshoot for the agency’s new website and the team brought their puppies in as part of the shoot! The office was barricaded with play pens for the pooches and walking around the agency was like walking through a petting zoo! A Labradoodle in the Traffic department, a Pug playing with the Art Directors, a Maltese by Media’s side, two Pitbull mixes wrestling next to the Account team and a Yorkshire Terrier licking the fingernails of one of the Copywriters – needless to say, it was quite a pleasant surprise!
SEO, PPC, and Analytics: A Brief Overview
You’re eating a new brand of breakfast bars, and then a question comes to mind. Something along the lines of: “What are the healthiest granola bars?” In decades past, one might have looked in a book or asked a fellow friend. Now the answer is at the tips of one’s fingers. You just open up your smartphone or laptop and type the answer right into the search button. The results of answering this question can be in the thousands with many different websites aiming to inform, sell, or convince a user that they are the best option to fulfill their needs.
Building Confidence – A New Perspective
As the Chinese wise-men say, “when the student is ready the teacher appears”. Working at Advanced Rehabilitation Management put me in the spotlight to create work that would be published and reviewed by eyes other than my own. AdvancedRM is a nurse case management company operating out of Valley Forge that on-boarded me as a marketing intern and administrative assistant. The work I created at AdvancedRM would have the potential to affect the future success of my organization and the individuals it represents.
Share Your Summer, but Fall into Fall
Summer always goes so fast, doesn’t it? It’s little things that start approaching in late July that grab our attention and remind us of the fact that it unfortunately doesn’t last forever. The “Back to School” commercials, fall clothes on the covers of magazines, even things you need to plan at your work. Last summer I worked in the back room stocking a retail store, and we started to get CHRISTMAS items in the late summer.
Having Fun with Social Media
Hi, guys! It’s Nicole. On my pervious post, I talked about AG’s business and my first day experience with AG. On this post, I would like to talk about my thoughts on AG’s Social Media Strategy Plan. Although I was hired to be an Art Direction intern, I got to touch the side of social media as well.
When I tell people I am a strategy intern I get a lot of confused responses. “Strategy” is a buzzword in the communications industry that can mean many different things. Not many people understand how vital good strategic planning is to creating good advertising. Because of this confusion I thought I would use this blog post to explain the role of the strategy department as it relates to my internship at Tierney.
Break Out of Your Shell
Working in an agency environment provides a lot of perks. There are social outings, wellness seminars, and social interactions with different agencies and professionals. All of these events provide great networking and learning opportunities you normally don’t get in the office. When you’re in the office you get to learn the basics of the job but there really isn’t time to pick the brains of your superiors for advice.
Unconvential Takeaways from the Pitch
Where has the time gone this semester?! I swear yesterday was the first day of my internship and now it is coming to an end. I learned a great deal this semester interning for the marketing department at GEICO. My main role this semester as an intern was really working on the dealership referral program. Here are the top three things that I learned at this specific intern task more than anywhere else
A Permanent Internship
Most fellow students I have come across took an internship in a traditional ad agency, or marketing company that would naturally progress into either a job, or teaching the tools in order to land one. I, however, decided to intern at a tattoo shop, entitled Lost Soul Tattoo. This presented me with many opportunities to use my creativity and strive to come up with new ways to advertise an already popular tattoo location. I was thrust into a real role, as they never had anyone do advertising or “business” oriented work in the shop, other than piercing and tattooing. It provided me with a great challenge as there was not much in the way of guidance, so I took what I learned so far from my advertising classes and did my best to put it to work. The laid back, wear whatever you want, jam out to music while you worked, atmosphere really provided for a great creative environment and made it easy for my work to come to life via Social Media campaigns, clothing designs, and creating an entire guerrilla marketing strategy based around the shop. Taking this risk of working with a company that never had an intern before was something I was nervous about at first, but in the end it allowed me to rise to the occasion and create real work that garnered many impressions as well as new business for the shop. We saw a 6.5% increase in overall sales/revenue during my duration there, and with my implementation of a “How did you find us?” card, we realized that my Social Media Campaign was driving in about three new appointments per week (about $1200 extra revenue). This post isn’t about me bragging, or saying, “Hey, Look what I did for this company,” but to challenge other students and individuals to go for a job or internship that may be out of the box, as it could end up being the best thing for you. You could make a difference right away if you are ready for the challenge, don’t just settle for getting someone’s coffee or the internship your parents want for you. Sticking with the traditional way of doing things or going with the safest choice, will look good on a resume, but will it bring out the creative, driven person in you?
Geico: The Business, the Website, the People
Through my internship at Geico, the insurance company, I learned a lot about the business model. Geico was established in 1936 by Leo and Lillian Goodwin. Geico was built on humility and honest work. With beginnings in the Great Depression, Geico is now one of the most successful companies in the nation. So what does Geico have to owe to its success? And what continues to keep the drive in the company? Geico cares about its people and the way it communicates with them. A majority of the company itself is Internet based. With different ways to search, get a quote, and pay bills online, Geico keeps all people involved everyday.
Editing: A Necessary Evil
I’m not just talking about spell check. Go read it forward, backwards, and sideways. Read it out loud like a monologue to your roommates. Does it sound good? Great. Now go make it better. Can’t? Let new eyes see it and listen to what they say.
Riding Around in the Geico Car
As I embark on this real world journey at the local Geico office in Wynnewood, my experience is teaching me leadership and communication skills. My position is Marketing Intern, and I am responsible for a variety of duties, the biggest duty–to promote our special dealership program to local car dealerships.
“Moderating to the Max” Book Review
Moderating to the Max: A Full-tilt Guide to Creative, Insightful Focus Groups and In-Depth Interviews, written by Jean Bystedt, Siri Lynn, and Deborah Potts, is an interesting and fun read for anyone interested in conducting interactive and enjoyable qualitative research that creatively spans beyond the typical Q&A.
WMMR: Saying Goodbye…as an Intern
Hello readers! I am in the final week of my internship with 93.3 WMMR. WMMR is a radio station which houses one of the most popular morning shows in the country and it wouldn’t exist without the help of the Sales department. During the last few months, I have been the Sales Intern at WMMR and have learned information I could not have gotten anywhere else. One of the most important takeaways of my internship is that no two days are the same. One day, you can have an overload of work, whereas the next, you can have none. In a sales department, every day is different.
The way that you picture an intern before you have an internship yourself is pretty different than what it’s actually like.
I remember hearing upperclassmen friends stress the importance of punctuality, always asking what more you can do to help, and being outgoing, and so on. It’s clear that they were onto something, because many of these friends are now recent graduates and happily working in the advertising industry.
93.3 WMMR Intern
Hello fellow readers and interns! I am Kelly. I am currently in my final semester as an Advertising Account Management major.
This past semester, I have been interning with the Sales Department at 93.3 WMMR. Before starting the internship, I was very eager to see what I would be completing on a daily basis. The radio industry is an interesting industry that not many get to be a part of. I was most excited to see the workings of a radio station because it’s not something you can learn in a classroom or a textbook. Having heard about radio in previous classes, I still didn’t know what to expect. So far the experience has been great and everyone was extremely welcoming.
Status Reports and Saying “hello”
My internship at PerformRx (pharmacy benefit manager) is winding down and I only have a few weeks left. I have recently created a final list of projects that need to be completed before the end of the semester. Most of the smaller projects have already been finished, however I have a few projects left that I have been working on over the course of the semester that need some changes.
For the fall semester of my senior year I am interning at PerformRx, which is part of the Amerihealth Caritas Family of Companies. As a full-service pharmacy benefits manager (PBM), PerformRx works with health plans in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. PerformRx offers clients both standalone products and services, as well as full pharmacy benefit solutions.
Tag Strategies Account Services Intern. I’m it!
If you’re confused by the title of my post, it took me a couple minutes to figure out the clever phrase behind Philadelphia branding agency, Tag Strategies title as well. Remember the game we all used to play as kids? The one you could play with even two people? We used to tag each other and say, “You’re it!” Well Tag Strategies makes us feel nostalgic just in its name and has turned “you’re it” into a positive experience for their clients.
There’s Something About Daisy
It was after a crazy morning filled with bike troubles, ruined clothes, and sweaty helmet hair that I finally met the newest employee of ChatterBlast Media. She was young, very tan, and had a twinkle in her eye. The instant I saw her, I felt relief. “Maybe this day won’t be so bad after all,” I thought to myself.
Overcoming Obstacles and Making Use of Your Time
I have been interning with the Philadelphia Virtual Academy since January. The goal was to bring in students from competitors and increase enrollment and awareness. I went into the interview with a lot of ideas about what could be done to meet these goals, and was really excited to put them into action once I was hired. However, I hadn’t realized how often you come across obstacles in the process that seem to limit what you can do. As a part of the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Virtual Academy is sometimes limited in what we can do and there are many roadblocks along the way when it comes to starting something new, such as marketing. At first, we were somewhat put off by the slow-moving process of many tasks, such as gaining approval to create a blog, and then again to upgrade it. We would meet in person once a week, and there were some meetings early on where we felt like we had not accomplished much in the past weeks. However, as the weeks flew by, we realized that though some processes may be slow, we should fill the time with smaller tasks, such as focusing on our Facebook presence, creating an AdWords campaign or designing Direct Mail brochures. While some things may move slowly, we learned that we could still make a lot of progress as these seemingly small tasks added up. Before we knew it, we had not only a list of accomplished tasks, but a whole new inspired list of more things that we could do. From these first couple of slow-moving weeks, we learned the importance of keeping things moving even when they seem to be at a stand-still. This is often what you need in order to get your juices flowing and produce more creative ideas, and it helps pass the time while you wait for the original projects to fall into place!
Getting Involved, Getting Excited
I used to be an education major so when I switched to advertising, although I love it, I missed having the chance to work with kids. For this reason, I was really excited when I saw an email come through last semester about a marketing internship with the Philadelphia Virtual Academy, a part of the School District of Philadelphia. This passion came through in my interview and I got the position. Once the new year rolled around and I got started, I was disappointed to find that as the marketing intern, there wasn’t really much of a chance to interact with the students. I could post daily on social media and our new blog, and sometimes they would even respond to these, but never in a way that made me feel as if they were excited about my posts. There was a disconnect, and I was determined to lessen this in order to get the kids as excited as I was. But how do you get a group of middle and high schoolers excited about anything school-related? Regardless of how relevant my blog posts were to their lives, they didn’t feel like any of it could be “cool” because it came from their school. So I talked to Dave, the PVA administrator and my internship coordinator, about this problem, and we agreed that it might be beneficial for me to get involved outside of the realm of advertising so I could get to know the students and they could put a face to the anonymous “PhillyVirtual” posts. Kevin, another marketing intern, had the opportunity to sit in on a Writing Club meeting in the Virtual Office, where the students’ classes are held. Through this, he learned a little about the process and the daily activities of the students, but not much about the students themselves. We had more success when we had the opportunity to meet them in person by chaperoning a field trip to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This was a trip that a lot of the kids were really excited about, so it was great to meet them in person and share in their enthusiasm for the trip. Later on I did a blog post with details and pictures from the trip and I found that the kids were much more active in response to the corresponding tweets and Facebook posts. The students that I met on this trip are now more active on the blog as well. I will be continuing with PVA for another couple of weeks and I hope to have the chance to go on more field trips and interact with more students so that by the time I leave, the students are more interested in the blog and social media.
Advice: Take Full Advantage of an Internship
I cannot believe that the semester is almost over, and with it my time at Future Media Concepts. Looking back at my first day in January, the amount that I have learned is amazing. My experience here has gone above and beyond what was expected and I can truly say that I have had an extremely positive experience working as a Marketing intern at this company.