Earlier this week, the Illinois Chapter of the American Advertising Federation held their fall Internship Panel at Gregory Hall. The panel consisted of seven current students at Illinois who held internships this past summer in the advertising field. The panelists held a variety of positions in different companies including Leo Burnett, Yelp, Ogilvy & Mather, and Urban Decay. This event was hosted by the Pro-D committee of AAF, and members of Pro-D asked a variety of questions about the internship experiences of the speakers.

One aspect that the panelists focused on was the process of finding an internship and narrowing down all of the choices they were offered. Pro-D asked about networking and its use in getting an internship.

Past intern at Perricone MD Simran Devidasani said,  “LinkedIn is a huge (tool). I found a lot of email contacts and (potential) companies on LinkedIn.”

Brandon Blunk, an intern at Ogilvy & Mather, said he had networked throughout his entire summer internship. “Every single interaction you have is almost like an interview,” Blunk said. “You are always networking.”

AAF President Hanna Cannell, stated that her “dream internship” was obtainable through her nomination for the 2015 AAF Stickell Internship Program. After she was chosen as the recipient of the program, she went to intern at Urban Decay headquarters in Newport Beach, California.

“You should really get involved in AAF because I would not have been nominated by Steve Hall if I hadn’t been as involved,” said Cannell.

Recipients of the AAF Stickell Internship are nominated as outstanding members of AAF Collegiate chapters and are considered the top 20 AAF students in the country.

These interns described their experiences last summer very positively. As the event began to wrap up, the panelists summed up the skills they obtained from their internship experience. They concluded by advising the audience to have traits of confidence, personality and determination. Lastly, they said to be bold and go after your goals.