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How can a CW impress shops for an AD internship?

Greetings! I have recently moved from the US to permanetly reside in Warsaw, Poland. I am currently attending Miami Ad School & “had” chosen my career path to become a copywriter.
My instructors in Warsaw, are working professionals & have advised me that I switch to Art Direction since I have an apparent langauge barrier.
My question is: Semester has ended and it’s time to intern before the fall semester picks back up. The President of our school has now asked for me to prepare a cover letter/statement of intent that he can send out to local agencies so that I can obtain an internship learning Art Direction.
What would you advise I focus on in my statement that will peek the interest of CD’s when I have no work to present other than concepts with copy.

intro How can a CW impress shops for an AD internship?This is a tricky one. We have to assume your book shows strong design potential (if it doesn’t, you’re in a real uphill battle. Why would anyone give an internship to a writer who now wants to be an art director unless they can see you have design ability). We’ve actually had a few interns on the fence about which to persue, who started as one and ended as the other. Funny enough, one such person lived in Poland for a few years. He’s now a very successful art director, self- taught, after a formal education in copywriting. Are you really interested in art direction? Is this a default you feel is your only option? You’ll need just as much enthusiasm as you had for writing. If you do, and it shows in your book, then you might make a good story out of your ability to swing both ways—and that you’re committed to proving your ambidexterity at the potential employer’s shop. You may want to put effort into learning the language well enough to stay on the writing path, on the other hand. It’s not an easy task to suddenly learn to be an art director.

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