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A Few Last Words from the 2018 “Truth Seekers”

A Few Last Words from the 2018 “Truth Seekers”

The median age in 622 Third Avenue is about to go back up – the last week of the 2018 Summer Internship program has arrived. If you didn’t get a chance to work with this year’s class of “Truthseekers,” chances are you rode in an elevator with a few of us, so we’ve at least all broken a sweat together. Take a minute to read about a few of this summer’s interns and be sure to say bye to your favorite intern this week (and maybe consider hiring some of us, too)!

Linseigh Green, NYU, Strategy Intern

Favorite place to do work besides your desk?

The kitchen on 25—give me any space with a bunch of books, and I’m immediately at home.

Favorite Lunch & Learn Presentation?

Truth Central—it’s incredible to learn about the all the methods that go into such powerful research. I would love to be able to work in that department, but by the sound of it, getting a position there is like nabbing a Supreme Court Justice seat. There’s very few of them, and they definitely don’t seem intent on budging anytime soon. That’s also how you know someone loves their job!

Most important thing you’ve learned?

I learned that being a strategist is really becoming a student of society. You spend your time carefully observing what people think about, what they talk about, what motivates them. Reading BuzzFeed and listening to podcasts count as work, which is fascinating. I had no idea so much thoughtfulness and detail could go into an ad—I don’t think I can ever look at one in the same light again.

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

I am currently working with the NEC Society to raise awareness for a rare disease I survived. I went to my supervisor (Jacklyn 😊) for a few informal ideas, and instead, she helped me set up a workshop for the department! I got to apply what I learned during my time here to a personal cause, which was unbelievable: I shared my story and the challenge before opening things up for a brainstorming session. The fact that McCann is a place where people are willing to help me with such a project is so meaningful because this issue involves my own health and quality of life. And I love seeing that kind of humanity in a corporate space.  

What’s next?

I need to pass my colloquium next semester (or else I can’t graduate)! In the spring, I’m going to seek a research grant to finish an oral history project on plantation resorts and weddings, and hopefully I can get a book deal so I can go from being under a mountain of student debt to being under a large hill of student debt. Somewhere in between, I plan to look for more singing and acting opportunities…

Do you have any advice for future McCann Interns?

I know it sounds cliché, but whoever you are at home, with your friends, etc., that’s who you should bring to work. McCann needs your individuality, your character, your spunk, to add color to the wonderful collage that already exists here. Channel your energy into learning instead of comparing yourself to others.

Caroline Leopold, Cornell University, Integrated Production Intern

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Favorite lunch spot near the office?

I’ve been packing my lunch and also become an expert free food scavenger around the office…

Best happy hour near the office? 

Salvation Taco is a great roof at the Pod 39 hotel

Favorite place to do work besides your desk?

The 23rd floor atrium is a great spot to work, and was definitely a favorite during the World Cup when a lot of people gathered there to watch

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

I love my coworkers. There are fun, brilliant, creative, hard-working, cool people in every corner of 622, and it’s pretty special to be a part of. We’ve all heard the expression do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, but I would change that to say work every day of your life with people you love working with… then you’re really set!

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

The Universal Love Karaoke activation for MGM Resorts was a very memorable part of my summer. I worked with a group of producers and makers from Craft to create a karaoke machine that allowed users to select their preferred pronouns in some classic sing-along songs. I helped the team create an entire application and interface in under a week: I’ve never seen so many people working so hard to meet a deadline and it was hectic and exciting and inspiring and rewarding and a million other things. The project ended with an event at the iconic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village… you can see highlights from the event https://vimeo.com/279588994!

What’s next?

Senior year at Cornell and then back to NYC for whatever ad job I can get my hands on.

Do you have any advice for future McCann Interns?

Take advantage of the people around you. That probably sounds bad, but it can be as simple as sending an email to someone you connect with in your department to have coffee and hear their story. Everyone has something to share with you, and you never know what might inspire you or how their advice might change your approach. The people in this office have a lot to offer, be it career information, working at McCann, life in NYC… it can’t hurt to have open ears. Get lunch, get coffee, get informed!

Sam Birenbaum, Boston University, Project Management

 Favorite lunch spot near the office?

Katagiri Japanese Grocery (the rice balls with shrimp tempuri are fire) or Dig Inn (you can't go wrong)

Most important thing you’ve learned?

The modern ad agency is so much more than what it states in the name, it is now a full service, collaborative, dynamic, and incredibly innovative machine.

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

One of my favorite aspects of working at McCann is even though you may have meetings scheduled and a whole week of work mapped out, you never know how your day can take an unexpected turn or teach you something new and valuable, etc. To summarize, McCann is great b/c of its ability to keep its head very much so above the water while also being effortlessly spontaneous – I guess that is creativity.

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

I had the chance to sit in on one of my colleagues Lockheed Martin client meetings, even though it is not one of my accounts, it was by far the most interesting client to deal with.  My favorite project that has spanned the internship duration has to be our internship project (New York Lottery campaign) since it’s the chance to have full responsibility and take the reins.  A great feeling.

What’s next?

Not really sure as of now… let’s see how my junior year in college pans out… maybe another summer at McCann…

Do you have any advice for future McCann Interns?

Be tenacious.  If you are persistent you will get it, if you are consistent you will keep it.  And that advice is for life, not just an internship.

Beatrice Gomes, Sacred Heart University & Carnegie Mellon University, New Business + Client Services Intern at Craft Worldwide

 Favorite lunch spot near the office?

I’m not a New Yorker, so at lunchtime you can find me with a slice of pizza at my desk.

Favorite place to do work besides your desk?

The World Cup screenings on 23 made me fall in love with the Atrium.

Favorite Lunch & Learn Presentation?

I was captivated by Harris Diamond’s professional and personal insights into McCann’s heart, mission, and global impacts. As a Craft intern, I also thoroughly enjoyed Chad Saville’s presentation on the globalization and beautiful chaos of the advertising industry.

Most important thing you’ve learned?

The most important thing I’ve learned is, ironically, to never stop learning. Every environment and individual can offer you new perspectives and lessons, and it is up to you to both harness this amassed information and proactively incorporate it into your work.

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

My favorite thing about working at McCann is the company culture. The brilliant minds at McCann are the lifeblood of the company, and I am immensely grateful to the dedicated employees who took time out of their busy schedules to show an aspiring marketer the ropes.

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

I had the privilege of observing and helping with Craft’s New Business pitches, and one in particular hooked me in. New Business is like a relationship: you enjoy the highs of winning accounts and falling in love with brands, and you balance it with the lows of losses and passing on your project baby to the next team. The emotional rollercoaster is what keeps the team passionate and lets them fall in love with their work over and over again.

What’s next?

I’m finishing my senior year now and graduating this coming Spring (Marketing major with Psychology + Digital Marketing minors). After that, I am going to try my hardest to end up back here, at the agency I fell in love with.

Do you have any advice for future McCann Interns?

Keep learning and be proactive. Say yes to every project and actively seek out new ones to maximize your experience and time here. Ask questions and reach out to new connections to expand your network and your knowledge.

Allie Koestler, University of Michigan, Social Strategy Intern

Favorite lunch spot near the office?

Aroma

Favorite place to do work besides your desk?

Space on 27 with the cool mirrored ceiling and plants, it’s always pretty quiet.

Favorite lunch & learn presentation? 

New Business because I loved learning about all the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to the process of pitching a potential client.

Most important thing you’ve learned?

How to prioritize. I was busy the entire summer (in a good way!) with multiple projects going on at once. From the different tasks I got to work on for my supervisor (shout out to Karishma, you’re the best) to helping other people on the strategy team with their work to the NY Lottery intern project to our strategy intern project on Cannes, working on all these things taught me how to decide what to focus on so that everything could get done on time.

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

The people! Everyone is so smart and talented. The people who work here genuinely love McCann and the work they are doing.

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

Chick-fil-A recently announced they are going to stop making the Cow Calendar so I got to do a whole social listening report, which was actually sent to the client, to see how people were reacting. Basically anything I get to work on for Chick-fil-A is really fun because people are so passionate about it and always talking about it on social media.

What’s next?

Back to school for my senior year and then being an adult in the real world AH!

Do you have any advice for future McCann interns?

Always make sure you know what the work you’re doing is going to be used for. If you’re not told, be curious and just ask! It’s always interesting to see how what you’re doing is helping both the team and client because almost every task has some type of greater purpose. That being said, you should of course put 110% into everything you do.

Allie Caluri, Penn State University, New Business Design Intern

Favorite lunch spot near the office?

Delectica!!!! (10% discount for employees 😊)

 Favorite Lunch & Learn Presentation?

New Business (duh!)

Most important thing you’ve learned?

I have learned a lot about team work.  Whether it was working with the New Business team or my group for the intern project, it’s always important to be a team player. 

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

My New Business team! They have been so welcoming, friendly, and fun. I am excited to come to work every day because I am always learning something new from them.  It will definitely be hard to say goodbye!

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

I’ve been helping with the United Rentals pitch since the beginning (almost.) It has been really fun to see how a pitch works from behind the scenes.

What’s next?

Graduating from Penn State 😊

Do you have any advice for future McCann Interns?

Take advantage of every opportunity and enjoy yourself…it goes by fast!

Sophie Rosen, Union College, New Business Intern

Favorite lunch spot near the office?

I gotta go with Fields Good Chicken. That stuff is goooooooooooood. Cluck cluck.

Best happy hour near the office?

I’m not 21, so obviously I don’t drink alcohol (but I hear Salvation Taco is dope, especially because I can see the rooftop poppin’ on Fridays from my desk)

Favorite place to do work besides your desk?

23 when the World Cup was playing. And with popcorn. Always with popcorn.

Favorite lunch & learn presentation? 

Definitely the MWG Integration Workshop. It’s so cool to actually see the work that comes out of this company. With interning, I feel like it’s easy to get caught up in the specific projects that we’re working on, so getting to see what McCann as a whole has put together really makes the experience that much more impactful.

Most important thing you’ve learned?

Coming from a school that doesn’t offer any advertising/communications courses, no question is a stupid question and people WANT to help you. I was so clueless when I first entered the fast paced New Business team (and when I say fast, I mean FAST), and I had to learn that I was allowed to not know everything and people are always willing to explain.  

Favorite thing about working at McCann?

The people, the culture, the atmosphere, the view, the work, the chick fil a… sorry, can’t pick one so you get six.

Favorite project you’ve worked on?

Project Papparrazi – I felt so ~cool~ working on a secret client and helping see it come through from beginning to the pitch.

What’s next?

Up next is senior year! I’ll be focusing on my photography, and then after graduation hopefully I’ll get to continue working in the advertising field :)

Do you have any advice for future McCann interns?

Your supervisor wants to make this internship as beneficial for you as possible, so let them know what you want to learn about and what you want to explore! Some of the best meetings I got to sit in on were those that I reached out to people about and asked if I could join in on #noragrets

Jennifer Tang, NYU ’19, Diversity & Engagement Intern

 Favorite lunch spot near the office? 

My managers took me to Little Alley (37th & 3rd) on my first day, so that definitely has a special place in my heart!

Best happy hour near the office? 

The Skylark near Bryant Park has a killer view of the Empire State building

Favorite lunch & learn presentation?

The Case Study for Fearless Girl because it really showed me an in-depth behind the scenes look at one of the most infamous campaigns by McCann.

Most important thing you’ve learned? 

Good advice comes from asking the right questions, always walk into a room prepared.

Favorite thing about working at McCann? 

Everyone has been super generous with their time and are willing to give you every opportunity you ask for.

What’s next? 

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Do you have any advice for future McCann interns? 

Always strive to be a pleasure to work with!

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