820 Design and Advertising Internships and an Industry Expert to Find You The Right One
Our advertising internships give you real work experience in top agencies and design firms.
Miami Ad School Industry Relations Curator, Stacey Fenster, places students in internships and helps them find jobs through our placement program.
Miami Ad School’s new Industry Relations Curator, Stacey Fenster, brings with her more than a decade’s worth of experience placing creative talent. Today she sources, manages and fills 820 real-world design and advertising internships for Miami Ad School students every year. There are opportunities at 57 agencies, design firms and brands from: New York, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and beyond. Hands-on experience is what makes Miami Ad School alumni the best prepared—and most employable—portfolio school graduates in the world. By the time they get their first advertising or design job, 96% of them will already have real industry experience to bring to the table. As one of our mottos so succinctly puts it: “Work in advertising before you work in advertising.”
Pippa Seichrist: Before joining Miami Ad School you were a creative recruiter. Can you share with our readers what a recruiter does?
Stacey Fenster: I was a creative recruiter for 12 years before joining Miami Ad School. A creative recruiter is the person at an ad agency who finds their creative talent. I worked for Leo Burnett, Havas, Commonground, Burrell, and FCB Chicago.
PS: You hired a lot of our graduates. What did you think of them and their portfolios?
SF: I always loved Miami Ad School students which is why I am with the school now! The portfolios from Miami Ad School always reflect the latest trends in what’s going on in agencies now and the skills the industry needs. I loved the diversity of the students coming out of the school and their real passion for the industry itself.
PS: What should a student do to make the best impression during their internship?
SF: I always love it when an intern is proactive. I’ve had interns come to me and ask if there are any teams that will let them work on additional briefs to try and take a stab at a different account. Attitude is very important too. Agency life is all about getting along with different people and I want to hear that the intern was well liked and did a good job, from not only the creatives, but the account people too.
PS: What are agencies looking for in an intern?
SF: They are looking for people who are hungry to do the work, have an open mind and want to get involved with the agency.
“Agency life is all about getting along with different people. I want to hear that the intern was well-liked and did a good job, and not only from the creatives, but the account people too.”
PS: What’s the best thing you ever saw an intern do?
SF: The interns that got hired were always trying to find solutions to the client’s brands. They would take the work home and really try and get to know what the client wanted and then come to the creative director the next day with new ideas that weren’t presented yet.
PS: How many design and advertising internships do you organize for Miami Ad School students every year ?
SF: We partner with over 57 agencies who provide over 820 opportunities for our students to get hands-on experience. We have advertising internships on five of the seven continents. No other portfolio school can say that!
PS: What companies work with Miami Ad School and provide hands-on experience for the students?
SF: We are so lucky that we have some of the best companies in the world partner with us. We work with 72andsunny, R/GA, BBDO, Ogilvy, JWT, Grey, Deutsch, and TBWA\Chiat\Day to name a few.
PS: You have so many internship locations on the wall of your office. Do you ever feel like an air traffic controller?
SF: Yes I do! I love to stare at the wall and see which candidates and agencies would be the best matches. It’s amazing to look at the wall and see that our students are interning at agencies all over the world in places such as Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, and Buenos Aires.
PS: You just finished placing all the students in internships. What are you going to do now?
SF: Find more agencies to get our students into! Miami Ad School students come to our school to get these great advertising internships and I want to keep it growing.