Cold Spring, NY
(I was born in NYC, but I’ve lived half in Cold Spring and half in NYC over the past 21 years, intermittently.)
Where do you go to college & what are you studying?
The George Washington University, Washington, DC, Double Major in Art History, Anthropology and Minor in Fine Art
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy?
Brand Planning Team, under Strategy, for UPS
As the brand planning intern I work very closely with the engagement planning intern for UPS (shoutout to Sophie) and the collaboration really makes the difference in terms of the work and balancing tasks. We've created a weekly newsletter (The Weekly UPSdate - ha ha get it?) that is sent out to the UPS team on all the goings on in the world related to UPS, its competitors (current and emergent) and all the various niche markets that fall under UPS's shipping and logistics capabilities. But our big project for the summer has been constructing 4 personas that our teams use to bring to life the customers that have business needs UPS can cater to. We've had to learn how to be creative with statistics and data which has been a very cool learning experience.
How would you describe your morning routine?
Generally it consists of trying on too many iterations of outfits and always go with the 1st one anyway, complaining about not having time to make breakfast instead of just making breakfast, trying not to wake up my roommate, hoping my hair dries normally, then the Q/N to 47th, what feels like a very long walk to work from Times Square, grabbing an iced coffee from the cafeteria (and a corn muffin, those are great,) and then up to the 9th floor.
What’s your staple work outfit?
66%-100% black or on the greyscale; probably jeans, black wedge sandals, and a (most likely black) blouse.
Where do you go for lunch?
I try to make my lunch and bring it to work, but if I can't, I like going to Gotham Market and bringing food (and sometimes ice cream) back to eat on the 9th floor.
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
I'd say the roof but I get sunburned too easily for that to be feasible all the time; I really like the couch in the brand planning area near my desk.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I love walking around, I love ice cream, I love art museums, and I love sitting in Central Park so usually an outing that encompasses some collection of those things with friends.
How did you hear about Ogilvy & this internship?
In the fall, I met a random guy and we started talking about art history (since we are probably two of three art history majors at GW.) We talked about what we could do with a degree in something we love without having to become art historians, which really didn’t appeal to either of us, but still being in a creative field that was current. We both mentioned “advertising” at the same time and then he told me about Ogilvy’s associate program that he was looking into for himself. Snowballed from there, I found the internship application, et voila. I had also forgotten my uncle (who then met his wife here) worked here for a long time a while ago so when I got the job I let him know I applied.
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
I’m always busy with work that is useful to my team. It’s rewarding to feel like I'm trusted to do good work that will be immediately put to use for a client. It’s also amazing that we have the kind of access that we do to people who are experts in their fields and that they are so willing to share with us their advice about the field. They seem to really value the intern class here, which I love. It’s been a very cool environment for my first exposure to advertising.
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here?
I think I would have liked a better understanding of how the internship is actually broken down - how our time would be split between Team work and Intern Project. I like to prepare myself before diving in.
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
I’m studying abroad for the fall semester in Scotland so I’m incredibly excited/overwhelmed for how that positions me for my return with only one semester left in school. (Looking forward to hiking, food, art, and not getting sunburnt over there.) But I’m really excited to finish college so I think it’s going to be a huge year, hopefully fun, and hopefully a time I can start to sift through my thoughts about what I want to do afterwards which will be heavily influenced (positively!!!) by this experience.