What college do you attend and what are you studying?
Duke University, English and Economics
Team you’re working on here at Ogilvy?
Siemens, Account Management
How would you describe your morning routine?
I wake up pretty early because I work out and make myself breakfast before work. After taking the subway, I grab a cold brew with nothing in it before walking into the office at around 8:30-8:45 am. Early is on time, and on time is late.
As soon as I sit down, I write a “To Do” list for the day. Not on my phone, not on my computer, not on the Reminders app, but on a physical piece of paper that I can hold with my bare hands. It’s old school, but there is something to be said about paper taking us away from the onslaught of screens and preventing distractions. I like to be the first one on my team in the office in order to take some time to read up on Siemens and recent market or technology trends, as well as conducting research for my internship project. Everything gets printed!
My manager is extremely organized and efficient–my whole team is, honestly–and she often arrives at work early. If we have a meeting, I’ll print both letter and tabloid copies of decks before the rest of the Siemens team walks in. The less everyone has to think before a meeting, especially before one with clients, the better. We might meet with creatives and production people, or I might have to help with a deck for our planner. The actual client work varies from day to day.
What’s your staple work outfit?
I air on the side of formal: button down shirt, dress pants, and shoes that are slightly more casual than traditional dress shoes.
Where do you go for lunch?
Most days I go to the cafeteria because it offers variety of choices, and the selection spurs me to eat healthy. I strive for a variety of greens, carbs, and some form of meat. On Fridays, I’m more inclined to treat myself to a freshly cooked burger and fries from T!
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
The Siemens team held a client party on the rooftop one evening; the atmosphere overlooks the skyline and the river, and it reminded me how special the city is and how awesome my summer experience has been at Ogilvy. One of our clients had retired, and so the entire rooftop, from the lighting to the dinner tables, was decorated with Siemens colors. After a gourmet selection of food, the client spoke about how much he appreciated Ogilvy’s work throughout his career. The party ended well into the night, and smiles abounded on everyone’s faces. I could not help but feel how genuine and human the relationships are between the Ogilvy and Siemens teams.
When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Since I’m from New Jersey, I have visited the city countless times with my family to see Broadway plays, shop, and explore. I particularly enjoy theatre–The Lion King, Aladdin, and Little Shop of Horrors are among my favorites–and want to see another play while I’m here. There is always something to do, and one must be willing to get a little lost without an agenda sometimes to discover the coolest spots. I play in a men’s lacrosse league in Hoboken with current and former college players, and I often like to wander the streets of Hoboken and discover new restaurants or places to go. One night, I stumbled upon Frank Sinatra Park and its restaurant that overlooks the Hudson and New York City Skyline. Minutes later I found myself eating chicken parmesan and sipping on a glass of wine while listening to “New York, New York.” It was a night that I will never forget.
How did you hear about Ogilvy and this internship?
One of the academic advisors in the athletic department at Duke emailed me about the application because he knew that I was interested in working at a creative agency this summer.
What do you think is special about this Ogilvy internship?
I am always working and learning; there is never a dull moment. If I am not running around the building with my manager to meetings with production or creatives or strategists, I am researching for the intern project. Particularly because I am working for such an interesting and intelligent client, Siemens, I’m constantly learning about the world, industry, and technology. Unlike my friends interning in other fields this summer, I continuously work and learn the moment I set foot in the office until the moment I leave.
What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started your internship here?
Plan ahead for delays on subway trains!
What are you looking forward to in your senior year of college?
It’s cliché, but time is flying. I cannot believe that I’m about to enter my final year as an undergrad at Duke. I love everything about Duke and my experience there–yes, I totally drink the Kool-Aid. I’m looking forward to my last season with my teammates and incredible coaching staff on the varsity lacrosse team. My experience as a Duke lacrosse player has taught me what it truly means to be obsessed with greatness and to buy into something that is bigger than yourself. Nothing makes me prouder than wearing the Duke jersey.
I want to take advantage of this last year to soak everything in. To learn as much as I can, to spend time with people who matter to me, to continue developing my faith through the Catholic Center, and to interact with incredible, brilliant, and passionate people. I want to be a Cameron Crazy (A Duke Tradition) at basketball games. To have conversations with my professors about why Frank Sinatra’s music continues to touch the lives of thousands of listeners. To take classes that intertwine Shakespeare’s plays, human psychology, and global political and economic trends. Most of all, I want to continue being a student of people and a student of life.