What college do you attend and what are you studying?
University of Missouri – Columbia. I am studying Journalism with a minor in Spanish.
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy?
I work on the Ford Consumer team doing PR. I help pitch stories to outlets, brainstorm event ideas, and build media lists so we can find the right reporters for each story angle we are pitching for Ford.
How would you describe your morning routine?
I usually get to work between 8:30-8:40am and fill up my water bottle in the kitchen. Since Ogilvy is about 45 minutes from where I’m staying this summer (Brooklyn), I eat breakfast once I get to work. I’ll either continue working on an ongoing project, or my manager will have something for me to help the team out with. Depending on what’s happening with the Ford account, my days vary. I’m typically working on a media list or a backgrounder until a meeting, where we discuss the execution plan for our next big project. The mornings have been going by very quickly lately, and I think it’s because I’ve gotten into the swing of things.
What’s your staple work outfit?
I’m all about looking professional, while still being comfortable so it tends to vary. I love flowy blouses and black pants, or a nice summer dress. Working at Ogilvy has inspired me to become much more fashion forward inside and outside the workplace.
Where do you go for lunch?
I usually bring my lunch so I’m not tempted to spend money, but if I don’t bring my lunch, I love getting a salad from the cafeteria downstairs. There’s so many customizable options!
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
Depending on how busy I am, I’m usually at my desk for the majority of the day. I also like to go to the cafeteria when it’s basically empty to do work. The rooftop is perfect on a sunny day.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Eat! I love trying new places. I also live right by the Brooklyn Bridge, which is an incredible spot to go at night.
How did you hear about Ogilvy and this internship?
I’m part of a program called MAIP, which stands for Multicultural Advertising Intern Program. It’s a great way for minority students to get exposed to the industry. Once you apply and are a finalist, agencies can look at your profile, then select you. I was so happy when I saw Ogilvy picked me!
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
This internship is truly hands on, which I love. I’ve often heard intern horror stories about having to fetch coffee and run errands for managers, but here this isn’t the case. I’m getting to do real work that is directly affecting the Ford account, and that’s exciting. Also, the care taken into making sure the interns are having a good experience is remarkable.
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here?
I actually didn’t know much about Ogilvy before I found out I’d be interning here. One thing I wish I had known is how down to earth everyone is. I think because Ogilvy is such a big agency, it can seem intimidating. I was originally nervous that people would be unwelcoming, but that wasn’t the case at all.
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
I’m looking forward to every single experience. These four years have gone by so fast, so I just want to make sure I cherish everything and live in the moment. I'm taking a sports & entertainment promotion class that I'm excited about because I'm trying to nail down what exactly I want to do after graduation. On a more fun note, I'm so excited for homecoming! Historically Mizzou was the first school to do homecoming so it's a month-long celebration, and this year I'm Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council so I get to plan our homecoming step show.