Some people say that a woman is deemed to always remember two dates in her life: her birthday and her wedding day. Well, since I haven’t embarked on the whole marriage journey yet, I’m replacing that day with May 2, 2014. What happened on May 2nd, you ask? I got my offer to intern at JWT New York, one of the top Global Marketing Communications Agencies! You’re probably wondering why such a thing would be forever remembered in the life of Sally, but hey, from a girl who grew up in the suburbia of Philadelphia, where the “cool” thing to do was make a 7-Eleven or Wawa run at 10pm, this was quite the surprise. I would be venturing off into a city that I’ve only ever taken day trips to and beginning to follow my passion for everything advertising, and more importantly, at my dream company- JWT.
I heard of JWT a couple years ago while at a family friend’s house in Cairo, Egypt. How? Vodafone! Vodafone commercials have always given me a customary “at home” feeling when visiting Egypt every summer and turning on the TV. I even used to watch a lot of them with my friends here in the U.S. on YouTube, just to get the Egyptian nostalgia out of our systems (is that weird?). Well anyways, after years of obsessing over almost every single one, I decided to research the company behind them; and with the temperature topping 105 degrees and all of my friends hiding in their air-conditioned houses, researching JWT and staying in seemed like the better option. Ever since that summer, I envisioned working at a global company such as JWT, one where culture and ideas overlap and become the best of friends–because what’s an idea without tailoring it to each culture? That’s where JWT seems to have hit the jackpot for me, and its overall success over the past 150 years shows exactly that.
Now I’m here! It’s my second week so far, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Our 10-week program started off last Monday with orientation where we were taught everything about the company, from JWT’s history, to the function of different departments, to the best places to eat in the city—plus everything else, pretty much! This combination of work and play, especially with meeting all of my 29 other interns, has made this journey perfect so far. I’m interning with dotJWT, the global digital group, and they’ve already jumped on the opportunity of having me here by including me in a lot of their ongoing work and projects! My first project even included me having to research the digital impact on advertising during the World Cup, and for anyone who knows me; soccer is definitely the highlight of my life (well, before Spain lost the other day).
After getting to know the other interns a little more during our volunteer day yesterday at the New York Food Bank, I’m definitely excited to continue learning and growing as a person this summer, both professionally and socially! New York has already begun to shape me into a more motivated person, and JWT has been the main source of that. I’m definitely so thankful for this experience and on top of all of that, I’m living in Brooklyn Heights this summer as well! I can’t wait to see what these next two months have in store.
Stay tuned for more pictures/New York Adventures!