Interviewee Name: Diane Ly
Intern Position Title: Copywriter Intern
Company Name: RAPP New York
Company URL: www.rappusa.com
Creative Interns: Tell us the steps you took to land an internship or entry-level position?
Diane Ly: Moving to New York from California with no job lined up was absolutely daunting, but I knew there were resources out there to help me find a position. The problem was, I wasn’t sure which one to use as an entry-level recent graduate with a creative background. CreativeInterns.com showed up in my Google search (I’m actually not even sure what I searched), I applied for a PR/Marketing Assistant position (at Creative Interns!) and the rest was history. I worked closely w/ CEO and founder Marc Scoleri who became a close friend and wonderful mentor. Through Creative Interns, I was able to attend networking events I never would have found if I were not part of the community. I improved my writing portfolio through blogging, and landed a copywriting internship at RAPP New York.
Creative Interns: How did you find CreativeInterns.com?
Diane Ly: As part of my job search. The only source I can recall is Google!
Creative Interns: What keeps you caffeinated Coffee or tea?
Diane Ly: COFFEE. And lots of it.
Creative Interns: What made your internship experience unique?
Diane Ly: Since RAPP is my first advertising agency experience (I have a journalism background), I had no idea what to expect. Soon enough, I was thrown into briefings, creative brainstormings, and asked to write whatever the client needed. It was scary at first, but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it I know that I never would have been able to learn the skills I did in such a short period of time if I hadn’t been fully immersed in the advertising world as I was. It was a huge growth and learning experience.
Creative Interns: What skills did you learn or improve while at your internship?
Diane Ly: Teamwork. Coordinating with my art director partner and making sure we weren’t forgetting anything for our meeting. Communication is key – you can’t leave any questions unanswered.
Creative Interns: Can you describe what a normal day is for an intern at your company?
Diane Ly: Normally, I will be working on 1-3 projects at a time. Coming off a brief, I’ll research, write, and go over my work with a senior to make sure I’m hitting all the marks the client wants us to. I’ll work with the art director on the project, and together we’ll make MAGIC! A few rounds of internal reviews and then it’ll be looked over by the client, after which more edits will take place.
Creative Interns: Give us one word to describe your workplace environment?
Diane Ly: DIVERSE.
Creative Interns: What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship or entry-level job?
Diane Ly: Do not give up and do not have an ego. Remember: you are one of SO many people looking for an entry-level position. So, don’t expect to hear back from every single job you apply to, and when you DO hear back, always, always, always take the opportunity to interview and grow, even if the position isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. It helps build interviewing skills and manage your nerves.
Creative Interns: What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?
Diane Ly: Go outside. Don’t coop yourself up in front of the computer screen all day. Taking a walk and seeing different things each day will inspire you to be adventurous.
Creative Interns: What’s next for you?
Diane Ly: Build my copywriting portfolio, learn from every project I have, and give advice to those who seek it. Good luck!