West Orange, New Jersey
Where do you go to college & what are you studying?
Boston University; Major: Public Relations, Minor: African American Studies
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy? Would you mind expanding here on what you do on your team? Broad overview.
I’m an intern on the Media Influence team. Our work is deeply rooted in the principles of media relations, and our focus is on building relationships with the most influential reporters regardless of their medium. We strive to shape the reputation of our clients in the eye of the public by pitching reporters about potential news features, inviting reporters to client events, and keeping detailed records of company and industry news. Our team has two sides – client and internal. The client team performs the abovementioned tasks for our many accounts, while the internal team focuses on maintaining the reputation of Ogilvy.
How would you describe your morning routine?
I live at home, so my morning commute is unpredictable at best. When the odds are in my favor, I try to get the office by 8:30. The walk from Port Authority is my favorite part of my routine because it gives me time to listen to music or a podcast, and mentally prepare myself for the day. Once I’m at the office, I either grab a free cup of coffee from the 9th floor kitchen, or a (not-so-free) smoothie from the cafeteria. The first thing I do once I’m at my desk is email my manager, Erika, my schedule for the day. It changes all the time, but usually starts with media monitoring for one of our clients.
What’s your staple work outfit?
I wouldn’t last one day in the office without my jean jacket. I know that doesn’t sound very “business casual,” but it’s essential and goes with everything. We’re fortunate to work in an air-conditioned building, but it can sometimes get too cold. I’ve seen a lot of women on my floor rocking blanket scarves, and I’ve even considered bringing in an actual blanket. For now, my jean jacket works just fine.
Where do you go for lunch?
The cafeteria is reasonably priced and convenient, but I must admit that I’m the queen of bringing dinner leftovers for lunch!
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
The Roof Garden is the perfect place to eat lunch, or meet with other interns. It’s nice to get fresh air without having to travel too far from your desk. I usually go alone, but I always find myself sharing a table, and making conversation with new people. Ogilvy can seem small when you’re with your team all day, but the roof is a great place to connect with people from other parts of the company.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
A lot of my friends are in New York this summer, so whenever we have time, we grab dinner together after work. My favorite place to go is Cantina Rooftop on 48th. It’s a 2-minute walk from Ogilvy, and the chicken tacos are to die for.
How did you hear about Ogilvy & this internship?
Ogilvy was always one of the “big name” agencies I heard about in school, so I decided to see if they had a summer internship program. I sent in my resume, and had an interview scheduled a month later.
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
My favorite part about Ogilvy is the number of departments under one roof. The person I sit next to is on the new business team, and few desks down are people in brand planning. It’s so great to learn about different aspects of Ad and PR from people who work right next to you. Everyone here is incredibly smart and experienced in their field, and are always willing to discuss the work they do.
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here?
I wish I knew how nice everyone is. I spent a lot of time before the internship worrying about interacting with my manager and the other interns. But on my first day, I had already made friends with three different people, and connected with an executive who graduated from BU. Everyone here is inviting and excited to help.
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
I’m excited to explore new parts of Boston before I graduate. When you go to school in a big city, it’s hard to find time to get off campus and do things other than study. My goal is to go somewhere new every weekend whether it’s a new restaurant, museum, or concert venue.