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Landing an internship with a so-so portfolio


I am in my second year of a three year diploma in Graphic Design. I am feeling the pull towards advertising but my portfolio needs work.
I am working on strengthening my portfolio, although I am more of an ideas person. Is there any way that I can get into an intern position sooner rather than later even if my portfolio is on the weak side?

intro Landing an internship with a so so portfolioThe better agencies look for graduating seniors as interns. You would have to be really exceptional to compete with a year left to go. You admit your book isn’t in good shape so realistically you should focus on getting your book to brilliant at school.

If you want to move into advertising you should make that happen at school. The time is now to start learning the very different skills that go with becoming an agency art director. And you don’t learn that through an internship—that’s what school is for.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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