MAIP 2019

This past summer I had the opportunity to take part of the Multi Advertising Internship Program of 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Below is an overview of how that went, what I’ve learned, and strings of advice I picked up along the way,

Where I’m at:

I was placed (and chosen by) Deutsch Inc., where I worked as an Art Director on five-ish* different brands. This past summer I had the opportunity to work with different creative teams who have taught me to how to push my work and thinking further.  

* ish= I had the opportunity to work within sub-brands for big brands.

What I’ve learned:

You never stop learning. Seriously. There is always something new being introduced in the industry so in order to be the best creative you can be, you have to stay up to date with what’s current. I’ve also learned to say yes to everything, my creative partner and I have gotten to work on really cool and diverse briefs because we said yes to every opportunity presented to us. Sometimes it was a little hard to juggle multiple briefs at once, but some of our ideas got chosen and are going out into the world in the coming months so it was all worth it.

What I’ve accomplished:

This summer I got the chance to work on Digital OOH, brand activations, different design projects for brands, social media posts, and social media design. My creative partner, David, and I have worked on Dr Pepper, 7-Eleven, Zillow, Sparkle Paper Towels and Mott’s.

Here’s some advice:

If this is your first time at an agency, make friends! Meet as many people as possible and be open to tackle new projects even if you’re unsure if you can do it. The experience you’ll get will be incredible and amazing if you allow it to be. Lastly, network your butt off! People in the industry are willing to chat, give advice, and hear your questions or concerns, so don’t be afraid to reach out to the people at your agency and within the MAIP network. If you’re a creative intern, reach out to your creative teams and ask them for side projects, portfolio reviews, resume read throughs, etc., the work you do for real brands count as work you can place in your portfolio. So, make sure to reach out so you can get your hands on some real work!