Sophie Rae McHugh
What college do you attend and what are you studying?
I go to Davidson College, where I study Communications, German, and Theater.
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy?
I'm on the Engagement Strategy team for UPS. As an intern, I do everything from taking notes on webinars to developing consumer personas to sending out a weekly newsletter covering all things logistics. Working for a client is really interesting, because you find yourself becoming a bit of an expert on subjects you'd never expect. For instance, I know more about refrigerated packaging systems than I ever thought I would, and don't even ask me my opinion on Amazon (they're taking over the world.)
How would you describe your morning routine?
I tried to be one of those people who got into listening to podcasts in the subway, but it wasn't happening for me. Now, I read or listen to music during my commute, take note of every cool restaurant and psychic office I pass during my 15 minute walk from the subway, and roll in around 9:20 to grab a bagel and a Banabutter smoothie from Maciek in the caf.
What’s your staple work outfit?
My first day of work, I came in wearing a pencil skirt, a button down, and a bun. Now, I can be caught in jeans and a nice top. Really, you can wear anything within that range, but I definitely err more towards jeans on the daily.
Where do you go for lunch?
My favorite place to lunch is the rooftop. The view adds some glamour and almost makes me forget how drab my packed lunch is. On a perfect day, I'll save time for ice cream at Ample Hills in Gotham Market (the tacos at Gotham are also to die for).
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
I work on the 9th floor and actually really enjoy the open cubicle lifestyle, but the Intelligence Center is also a great place to grind. The kitchens are great across the board because you always have a great view of the Hudson and can work in close proximity to unlimited hot chocolate.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I love improv, so I try to catch at least one show at Upright Citizen's Brigade a week. It's inexpensive, quality entertainment, and sometimes you even catch SNL cast members onstage. I'm also a big fan of Sheep Meadow in Central Park. It's the perfect spot to catch some rays or a frisbee to the face if you're lucky like me!
How did you hear about Ogilvy and this internship?
I learned about Ogilvy through a paper I wrote on the Hathaway Man campaign for a class I was in. They've been a very progressive company from the beginning, and I've had them on my radar ever since. I learned about the internship program through their website a year before I was old enough to apply, so I had a lot of time to think about my application. My year, the prompt was to write about a time when something good came from something bad, so whenever something bad happened to me I'd look on the bright side and immediately try and work it into an essay.
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
One of the great things about this internship is that it's a large program with lots of other interns. Everyone's placed somewhere different around the office, so not only do you get to learn about the various branches of the agency through meetings and Lunch & Learns, but you also get a bit of inside scoop from your peers. On a more basic level, you get actual, worthwhile work here. Lots of my friends have other internships with a lot of busywork and downtime, but at Ogilvy I feel like a valuable part of the team and that my work is truly needed.
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here?
I wish I knew that it was okay not to know everything. Agencies are full of moving parts, and every agency is different. At Davidson, there is no Agency 101 course, or even an advertising program, so I thought I'd be lost. But the program does a really good job of meeting you where you're at, and helping you learn from there at your own pace. I also wish I knew more about the dress code, because I bought way too many pencil skirts that I definitely did not need.
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
Senior year I'll have a room all to myself in my apartment, so I'm really looking forward to that. But also, going into my classes with a much clearer idea of what I want to do in life, trying to leave a legacy as much as one can at a school of 2,000+ people, and having some great times with my friends (in my sick apartment).