What college do you attend and what are you studying?
Emory University - Business Administration in the Goizueta Business School and Philosophy in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy?
I am an account management intern on the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). IHG has many hotels in the group, but we specifically work on Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. IHG is a large and complex company (I’m still learning the structure), but I am on the global team. It’s been challenging learning the layout because it is such a massive brand, but that has also made it fun! Recently I have been working on a competitive audit, which is basically putting everything that IHG’s competitors are doing in a document and analyzing it. I also book the conference rooms – my team has a lot of meetings, so I just want to give a quick shout out to Jackie Cruz, the facilities coordinator, who gets emails and calls from me regularly and always finds a way to make my requests work. Thank you, Jackie!
How would you describe your morning routine?
I get off the train at 50th and 8th, walk to Skyline Gourmet Deli on 49th and 10th (generally with Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen in my ear), buy an egg and cheese on a bagel, make it to the Ogilvy building by 8:50, grab a cup of coffee on the way to my desk on the 7th floor, sit for a couple minutes and try to cool down (I’m normally sweating profusely at this point), eat my bagel while my computer is booting up, read the NYTimes Morning Briefing and the Skimm, and then I get to work!
What’s your staple work outfit?
I think it depends on the day, but you’ll always see me in a sweater and boat shoes.
Where do you go for lunch?
Gotham Market is my favorite. Highly recommend the sushi bowl at Uma Temakeria---it is incredible. I probably have mercury poisoning by now…
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
Wherever the coffee machines are.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I like trying different restaurants with friends, working out at the New York Athletic Club, or dog-watching around Central Park. It’s great to be in NY because my friends from both high school and college are here, so I feel like I am always busy!
How did you hear about Ogilvy and this internship?
The career center at Emory. One of my friends pointed out the application to me and I immediately started researching Ogilvy. I was soon determined to get into the program.
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
The opportunities you get as an intern, from the intern project to the work you do on each account. It is amazing the work the interns are doing here. I am challenged every day and am constantly learning new things about Ogilvy, IHG, and advertising as a whole. I think the intern project is particularly special because you learn about all the different parts involved in rolling out a campaign. I remember our first meeting when my group sat down and had literally no idea where to start. With the help of our coaches (s/o to Gabbi Baker and Linleigh Hawk), we were able to create an entire campaign!
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here? Could you expand a bit on this please?
The walk from 50th and 8th is farther than you think especially in the NY heat. Sometimes it’s necessary to bring an extra shirt to change into!
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
There are way too many things to list!!!!!! Here are a few: I am an RA at Emory and have already planned two programs which I am absolutely PUMPED for – the first is that I am going with my residents to see the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum and the second is that we are seeing the Curious Garden exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. How cool is that!? I am also excited to return to the crew team at Emory; this will be my fourth year on the team and I will be the women’s team captain, which is a role I am incredibly excited to fill. I am definitely not excited for the workouts when we get back to school, but I am so excited to see my teammates. Most of us just send snapchats of us dying doing workouts on our own, which are pretty funny and also pretty gross.