Saturday, March 22, 2014

Intern Hunting Season

To celebrate tomorrow's deadline for summer internship application at Y&R Austin, I thought I'd plug our program a bit and give a shout out to all the fantastic mentors and interns who helped us become what ranked the 9th best advertising internship in the world.

Here's the lowdown on our program, straight from our website:

At Y&R Austin, we think that internships should be like the “lab” part of a class. They’re the place where you put into practice what you’re taking notes about all day. Surgeons don’t perform surgery after only reading about it for 6 years! We won’t treat you like “just an intern,” we’ll treat you like a person and challenge you to grow because you ARE an intern…and our interns are great people! Heck, for all we know, maybe it’s someone who looks, thinks and acts just like you.

As an intern at Y&R Austin, you’ll work side-by-side with a mentor in Account Service, Media, HR, Art Direction or Interactive. You will learn by doing as you help them on real projects for real clients with real deadlines. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be invited to attend internal and external meetings and be required to attend weekly seminars that will teach you how an agency functions. So, if you’re looking to improve your faxing, filing and photocopying skills, this may not be the place for you. But if you want to truly learn about advertising from the inside out, we’re currently accepting resumes.

The fine print: The fall and spring internship programs run approximately 15 weeks each and interns will work 12 hours per week for a total of 180 hours in order to receive a completion and/or class credit for the internship. The summer internship program usually runs 10 weeks and interns will work 18 hours per week for a total of 180 hours in order to receive a completion and/or class credit for the summer internship. Positions available in Account Service, Media, Art Direction, Interactive and HR. Occasionally, we’ll take copywriting interns too. Submit your stuff—let’s see what you got! If you are interested in the summer 2014 session, please apply by Sunday, March 23.

Job Requirements:

Junior/Senior standing preferred.

To apply for a position within our intern program, please send the following to austin . internship @ yr . com
  1. A cover letter in the body of an email, NOT as an attachment! What you should attach is your resume. And if you do so as a PDF, you get automatic brownie points!
  2. An indication of which department you are most interested in. If you don’t tell us which department you want to work in, we’ll assume you want to shred paper for a semester.
  3. A link to your portfolio. If, for some reason, you must attach your portfolio, please do so in the form of a single PDF that is no larger than 5MB.

Are you a former intern or mentor? Come to our 3rd Annual Return to Mars Happy Hour on April 16! Confused about what that even is? Here's a blog I wrote in 2012 after the inaugural event.

Wanna read about the time our interns got semi-internet famous after Ryan Gosling showed up at a fundraising event we did advertising for?

Enough of my words. Imma pass the mic to the interns, themselves. Read what they anonymously wrote about our program on their own accord here.

Good luck to all of you who've applied for our program. Thank you for thinking of Y&R Austin and I hope to work with many of you!

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