Right now I’m working over at Slingshot as a copywriting intern — or as they call it, a Slingtern. My days have been pretty busy lately, but in that good “I enjoy the challenge” kind of way. I’ve been able to hop around a lot and try my hand at writing for many different accounts. Some of the accounts that I work more frequently on include Texas Tourism, Taco Bueno, American Home Shield, and Lexol Leather Cleaner. I even recently got the chance to work on location and hand model for a few upcoming Lexol spots. It’s been a great place to work so far, and the people are very in tune with one another — it’s like a big, comfortable family where you’re taught to never take yourself too seriously. I look forward to each day because I know there’s a good chance I’ll learn something entirely new about the advertising business or even myself.
Check back soon for updates from other students and theirMA in Advertising Executive Internships!
In the final semester of the Temerlin Advertising Institute’s MA in Advertising program, students work in an executive internship with a Dallas agency. Read their stories below and see what they are up to!!
I am currently interning at The Richards Group in the Brand Management department on The Home Depot account. As a Brand Management intern, I collaborate with other Brand Managers, Planners, Creatives and Project Managers to complete television, radio, digital, and branding projects from start to finish. I am also responsible for creating and presenting a weekly competitive summary presentation to alert top management of any changes in competitors’ advertising strategies, as well as conducting competitive store audits with analysis for The Home Depot. TRG is a fast-paced, but truly fun, working environment, and I am learning more and more each day about how to work and communicate effectively as a team. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work on such an exciting account here at TRG, and I am looking forward to seeing these projects I’ve been working on come to life!
Check back soon for updates from other students and their MA in Advertising Executive Internships!
Jingxue, better known as “Snow,” is a first year MA in Advertising student from mainland China. She is currently in her second semester of the program taking courses in Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship, Quant/Qualitative Research in Advertising and Research Metrics. She has just secured a part-time position as a Graphic Designer with SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. It is a paid position where she will be gaining real world experience and skills as well as building her resume.
Snow’s duties include creating graphic design concepts for marketing instruments and publications, creating layouts and design concepts for dedicated websites, designing presentations for new product marketing, collaborating with photographers and writers covering engineering summits, researching educational marketing strategies and much more.
Stay tuned for more updates on our program when we highlight our second year MA in Advertising students undertaking their Executive Internships with agencies in Dallas.
Tien Dang and Su Hyun Han, who are juniors attending Southern Methodist University in the Temerlin Advertising Institute, were selected to the 2015 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP).
The 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) connects aspiring diverse entry- level advertising professionals with prestigious advertising agencies. Since its inception in 1973, MAIP offers multicultural students a unique paid, full-time summer internship at 4A’s participating agencies nationwide, combining real-world work experience, networking opportunities within the industry, and a valuable professional credential to better position themselves in the marketplace. Simultaneously, the program offers advertising agencies the opportunity to access top talent and strengthens the 4A’s efforts to enhance the workforce diversity of our industry.
Tien accepted a copywriting internship with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group in New York City while Su accepted an account management internship at McCann Erickson Detroit in Birmingham, Michigan.
Please join the Temerlin Advertising Institute in congratulating Tien and Su on their outstanding achievement.
Second year MA in Advertising students, Erin, Morgan, Rachel, Kirk and David, spent their lunch on Tuesday with AAF Dallas for their annual Emerging Technologies Showcase and Luncheon. The keynote speaker was Steve Deitz, President and Creative Director of 900lbs of Creative. He discussed what his company has been doing in experiential marketing. Through a collage of great examples, Steve was able to show how a stronger connection between technology, people and brands can occur using experience based marketing. A nice time was had by all and it was a great chance for faculty members to also catch up with previous students of the TAI program who are now industry professionals.
This summer, I am working as a Brand Management Intern at The Richards Group. I work mainly on the H-E-B account, as well as the PODS account. I have a wide array of tasks that I manage for the team, including scheduling out of home jobs (by creating posting instructions, quantities worksheets, purchase orders and communicating with vendors), compiling media traffic (including TV, Radio, Digital, Hispanic, Digital Out of Home,and specialized markets), creating weekly Competitive Dailies to send to the client, researching and compiling competitive decks for the creative team and client, opening jobs and purchase orders, and scheduling internal meetings with the team as well as external meetings with the client. Throughout the internship, I also give two major presentations to my entire team, including the principal. I have learned so much through this internship and am excited to see what the last few weeks bring. I have been entrusted with important tasks and appreciate the hands on experience.
Interested in learning more about the internship experiences of TAI students? Click here, here and here.
On Thursday, May 15, Dr. Francisco Rejón-Guardia,Visiting Professor from the University of Granada (Spain), presented a workshop to Temerlin Advertising Institute students and faculty titled “Personal Branding: What Are Your Social Networks Saying About You?”
During the workshop, Dr. Rejón-Guardia shared strategies and tips for developing a personal brand and strong reputation online. Since one in three employers look at a job candidate’s social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), Dr. Rejón-Guardia says it’s important to know the image of yourself you are projecting online. His strategies for developing a strong personal brand, both online and off, include knowing your target (i.e. potential employers, jobs, etc.), being specific with your personal tag/slogan, being professional, emphasizing your area(s) of specialization, knowing and telling your story, providing a consistent image of yourself, being genuine, and providing value to your industry. For more on his presentation, click here.
Dr. Rejón-Guardia is an Associate Lecturer in Marketing and Market Research at the University of Granada (Spain). His research interests include online consumer behavior, e-commerce, new advertising formats, and market research methodology. Dr. Rejón-Guardia has been a Visiting Professor in the Temerlin Advertising Institute since April 2014. He is using his time in the US to collaborate with American colleagues on various advertising and marketing research projects for publication.
On April 29, the Temerlin Advertising Institute, along with other SMU communication disciplines and the help of the Hegi Family Career Development Center of SMU, hosted a Job Fair. Almost 30 employers attended and many students secured interviews for internships and permanent positions. Thank you to all of the employers and the work of TAI faculty, staff and students for helping to make this a great event for everyone.
I am working for SMU Athletics as a marketing intern. I am currently completing a brand audit to assess the current state of the football and basketball programs and identify opportunities and areas for improvement. Later this spring, I will be conducting surveys and focus groups to explore current perceptions of ticket holders and members of the community. I am looking forward to assisting in the development of an integrated marketing plan to increase game day attendance and improve the overall fan experience. I am also working on a Master’s thesis that explores how consumers experience nostalgia on Instagram.
I am interning at the global headquarters of Mary Kay Cosmetics on the Global Corporate Integrated Brand Marketing Team in brand management. My responsibilities include: adoption analysis, quarterly coordination for the Look Book & Social Media, managing the global five year Product Launch Calendar, competitive monitoring & reporting, maintaining the Global Shade Line-Up for each of the markets, and campaign tracking. I love working at Mary Kay! I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing team and every day I am learning something new.
We are proud of all of our second year MA students and wish them the best of luck with the remainder of their internships! To learn more about the Graduate Program at the Temerlin Advertising Institute, click here.