Intern and Creative Summer Networking Event
By Amera-Rime Lulu Posted on Aug 18, 2016
With Intern season in full swing in NYC, The One Club hosted its first Annual Intern and Creative Summer Networking event last month. A total of 130 Interns and Creatives came together at The One Club offices for a night of questions, networking and a panel discussion featuring Steve Mann, CD, Firstborn; Christina Hines, Recruiter, FCB; Fifi Jacobs, Talent Acquisition Manager, FCB; George Sholley, Executive Producer, BBDO; Aaron Sedlak, Group CD, 360i. The night was moderated by Besty Yamazaki, VP Talent Acquisition, Manifest. Amera-Rime Lulu, who attended the event, gave us a glimpse of life as an intern and how she got her start in advertising.
When I am not taking photographs around the city, I am busy being a senior at CUNY: New York City College of Technology, studying Communication Design with a focus in Advertising Design. A hardworking Brooklyn girl at heart, I am also The One Club Student Chapter President at my college.
In 2015, a professor at CityTech informed me about The One Club’s four-day Creative Boot Camp at Wunderman in New York City. At the time I was undecided what I wanted to focus on in school and I didn't know much about advertising. All I knew was how to make “pretty graphics.” The experience of working with a team to complete a creative brief felt very rewarding and satisfying to my young ambitions, and that is where my interest in advertising grew.
Currently, I’m a Design Intern at Digital Pulp with the Advertising Club of New York. I work alongside the design team building websites and campaigns for some of the top universities and brands in America.
I learned about the Intern and Creative Event through an e-mail I have received from The One Club, and signed up almost immediately. I find The One Club events to be very motivating and eye-opening for me. Therefore, it is never a question on whether or not to attend an event.
My biggest takeaway from the event is to be a sponge and absorb everything as an intern. One of the panelist at the event said, “pay attention to everything”. If you are a creative, she emphasized the importance of knowing the basics of strategy, account management and the significance of being well-rounded and curious. All ideas are scary, but to be able to grow, you need to be okay with being uncomfortable. Internships are just the beginning of your career and it's a time to learn, so don't be afraid to not only make mistakes but to also learn from them.
The experience itself was very motivating and inspiring. It gave me insights on how to survive in the industry that I hope to join when I graduate. I would definitely recommend students and interns alike to attend the Intern and Creative Event to get a feel for the industry and to know whether or not it is for you. I used to daydream about being an Art Director one day, but thanks to events like these at The One Club, I can make a dream into reality and I see myself in five years being an Art Director.
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