world experience goes a long way in advertising! Just ask our past interns!
Virginia Tech University
Kiser, George Mason University, May 1994
Leeds, George Mason University, May 1994
Thomas, American University 1997
Capriles Paez, American University 1997
Virginia Tech University
Jenny is a rising senior at Virginia Tech where she is majoring in English
and minoring in Communications. She decided to take on a copy internship
at O'Connell Meier in order to gain first-hand advertising and marketing
experience. She wants to learn how to aim her writing at target audiences
creatively and effectively in order to persuade potential consumers.
Jenny hopes to create a career out of her one true passion...writing.
She wants to write and create television and print ads after she graduates
in the spring of 2000. She feels sure that her internship at OM will
give her the strong introduction and training she needs to break into
the advertising world. While maintaining a Dean's List GPA, Jenny is
also an active member of the American Marketing Association and a sister
of Pi Beta Phi where she has served in several key positions such as
Public Relations Chair and Morale Chair.
Although my title indicates that I am a copywriter, I spend a good deal
of time maintaining web sites, assisting in design duties, and looking
after the computers at O'Connell Meier. I am in school, working on an
M.A. in English literature, and hope to continue through a Ph.D. program.
Eventually, I hope to teach and do research. Working at OM--starting
with my internship--has constituted, hands down, the most valuable "real
world" experience I've had. In particular I've learned a great
deal about useful programs such as Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop
and, in general, the Mac operating system and Mac networks. I've worked
on numerous projects, most closely with client websites.
Right after college, I went to work as an Account Coordinator for O'Connell
Meier, Inc. I was responsible for organizing the day-to-day operations
of a busy creative team, as well as scheduling, billing, proofreading,
estimating, and some production. And of course, keeping the clients
happy! The internship gave me so much practical knowledge--I learned
things college just doesn't teach. A degree can only get you so far.
Employers are looking for people with experience, and an internship
is the best way to learn without wasting valuable time. I earned six
credits and became marketable while I was still in school! Thanks to
my internship, I never had to be an unemployed college graduate.
American University '97
I am currently working as a copy assistant after one semester as an
intern. My main project of focus is to work on the OM Website, helping
to revamp it and create new sections to be put on the web. I am also
doing work to help the copywriters, which includes proofing, editing
and working on copy. I am a senior and will graduate in May with a Bachelors
Degree in print journalism. I hope to continue working in the advertising
field. Working at OM has been a great help to me, mainly because I have
been able to learn about an industry that I never had any experience
with, but was always interested in. It has been helpful because it is
a small environment, and has enabled me to learn more about the industry,
and everyone has been incredibly helpful. I have helped with various
projects, including newsletters, and am now learning how to create a
website. Working here has been beneficial in many different aspects,
and I feel that what I have learned will carry over to any job I choose
to pursue in the future.
TULIO-MANUEL CAPRILES PAEZ
American University '97
Currently, I am a senior at American University. My major is Enterprise
Management with a background in Visual Media. I am the vice-president
of the AU Rowing Club and I am also planning on getting involved with
A-TV, AU's TV Station. Currently, I am applying for other internship
positions at FOX TV, the Discovery Channel, CBS, and NBC. I am expecting
to graduate in May 1997. After that, I will work in the US for one or
two years, and then I will go back to my country, Venezuela, and work
in my family's business. Ultimately, my dream is to start and own a
regional TV station in my home city, Maracay. Even though I am really
interested in the TV industry, the experience I gained during my internship
at O'Connell Meier has had a positive impact on my career as a student
and future business graduate. At OM I had a chance to develop my communication
skills in the real world. OM interns are involved in all the jobs the
company works on. Everyone, including interns, has responsibilities
that are of great importance for the success and completion of different
jobs. During my internship, some of my responsibilities included assisting
with the writing and revision of proposals, generating marketing ideas
for clients, assisting the office manager with daily operations, offering
insights in company/department meetings, and doing research necessary
for the completion of different jobs and proposals. In addition, because
OM keeps up with the latest technology, I was able to become very familiar
with the internet, the World Wide Web, and several computer programs.
I gained computer skills that companies today require/expect job applicants
to have. Overall, I believe that thanks to my internship at OM last
summer, I am a more competitive and experienced person today.