Lessons Learned from JWT NY Interns
We connected with some of the J. Walter Thompson New York interns to ask them if there is one lesson they’ve learned in their seven weeks at the company. See their answers below:
Caterina De Leo
Even in the worst environment, it’s important to be your best self.
Say yes to things that are outside of your expertise, job description and comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Invest in learning from and forging relationships with the people who inspire you.
I’ve learned that like everything in life, this internship is what you make of it. Go above and beyond, talk to new people, dare to throw your ideas out there, even if they may seem silly. This internship is for growing and learning, so talk to everyone and say yes to everything.
As a political science major with a writing background, I came into the summer knowing little about the world of advertising. But over the course of the summer, my knowledge of the industry has blossomed through weekly curiosity sessions and individual discussions with JWTers about their work.
Being social is key – as long as you’re eager, open-minded, easy to talk to and nice to everyone, you’ll do great in advertising.
Be realistic with your expectations. Give yourself extra time to make sure your work is as good as it can be.
Research helps inspire every department to create meaningful campaigns.
My internship has taught me to be ready for anything and say yes to everything. No two days are alike here, so every day presents a different opportunity to be involved and learn more.
At JWT I have learned how to work in a professional environment with inviting, curious and intelligent people. I have learned how important it is to keep an open mind, be curious and take on tasks that scare you just a little bit.
Teamwork makes the dream work: learning how to solve problems daily, especially when it comes to managing people’s schedules, taking notes and making sure everyone on the team knows what is going on during the project.