Back to School

We came, we saw, we interned. Unfortunately, every intern must move on and soon we must head back to Penn State. The past four months may have gone quick, but we made sure to make the most of our time at the Gillespie Group. Before we leave we would like to reflect on our internship at the Gillespie Group.

On May 22nd we first introduced ourselves with the following message:

Gillespie Group has made two new hires, who will have a major impact on the agency. Okay, so maybe we are just the new interns, maybe this is our first agency internship and maybe we have only been in the office for four days. However, make no mistake. We are not here to get your coffee, run your errands, or walk your dog. We are here to do real work and help create quality advertising. For us to do this we need one thing from you: learn our names and don’t forget them!

Sincerely,

The Interns.

Our names still might not be on the door, however we made sure to leave our mark on the agency. We were lucky to get an opportunity at Gillespie and we would like to thank everyone here for welcoming us to the family. You taught us a lot this summer; it was an experience we won’t soon forget. Below is a wrap-up of our summer.

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Name: Brad Imming

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Birthday: October 14th 1992

School: Going into junior year at PSU as an Advertising major

 

What is your favorite memory of GG?

I can’t pick one, so I have two. The first was helping to run the Webuyanycar.com tent at a shredding event in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. My job was to run the prize-wheel, which helped me to interact with with many people(I even got a few to sing the jingle!)

My second favorite was going out to lunch with Josh and Ryan. It didn’t matter if we were talking about Penn State or the industry, either way I usually ended up with some good advice.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their first internship?

Keep yourself organized and stay on track. It is easy to get caught up reading adweek or adage articles, but make sure you’re getting your work done. Personally, I kept a word document of everything that needed to be done and ordered it by deadlines. When you run out of things to do, ask for more. They will thank you for the help and you will learn more aspects of advertising.

What was the most helpful or important thing you learned at GG?

The most helpful part of my internship with Gillespie Group was the meetings. The meetings with Webuyanycar.com helped me gain insight into how our media plan was effecting online valuations. I also learned about different services from companies such as Offerpop, a social media platform, and Quaker Chroma Imaging, a fabric printing company. Each meeting helped me to understand the industry and showed me that there is more to advertising than billboards and commercials.

What are your plans for future internships?

My goal is to get an internship with Wieden+Kennedy at their headquarters in Portland, Oregon. They are a successful agency that creates brilliant work. They have top clients such as Nike, Heineken, Levi’s and Old Spice. Plus, I have never been to the West Coast and I wouldn’t mind taking a road trip across the country.

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Name: Pat Hagan

Hometown: Thornton, PA

Birthday: October 24th 1992

School: Going into my junior year at PSU as an Advertising major

 

What is your favorite memory of GG?

Talking sports every morning with John, lunches, and all the meetings I got to sit in on. Also, the vibe of the office was always great.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their first internship?

Ask questions. This is your opportunity to learn. If you hear a term you’re unfamiliar with, find out more about it. That, and just be open to learning as much as you can.

What was the most helpful or important thing you learned at GG?

Just getting my feet wet in the the workplace. Seeing firsthand how an agency works is more valuable than anything else I would’ve done this summer, and will hopefully allow me to take on a larger role in a future internship.

What are your plans for future internships?

Not quite sure, honestly. Going to apply all over the place and see who is dumb enough to accept me. Ideally, it’ll be in a city.

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