The InternView with Kavindya Thennakoon


Name: Kavindya Thennakoon

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

School: Wellesley College

Major(s): Anthropology and Film Studies 

Current team you're working on? Strategy team for IBM 

What is your favorite internship memory thus far?IBM’s team bonding day! And when I discovered that the Caféserved Sushi.

Why Ogilvy? Back in Sri Lanka I was working for an Ad agency straight out of high school. The first piece of reading I was given was one of Ogilvy's Red Papers titled 'The Ape, The Adman and The Astronaut' by a former Ogilvy Worldwide Chief Creative Officer. That was my first encounter with Ogilvy, and I think it was obsession at first sight. Five years later, to be interning here is pretty surreal. It's like it all came together full circle.

What do you wish you knew about Ogilvy before you started? That everyone here is willing to talk, mentor and guide you through, you just need to reach out. 

Go-to office outfit? A comfy dress or my usual shirt + jeans combo.

Guilty pleasure? Cookies and Cream icecream at 3 am

Proudest moment to date? Meeting David Beckham and shaking his hand!

Favorite thing to do in NYC? Enjoy a good book over waffles at Central Park.