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How long is “too long” when looking for an internship?


Hey Jancy,
I’m reading Pick Me right now and am finding it very reassuring, so thanks for putting it out. While I was in school my main instructor told us not to worry about being a copywriter or an art director. He told us to let the agency decide when they hired us. From what I’ve read in Pick Me this seems pretty bogus. It is, right? And my second question, if I may, is that I just graduated, am 26, and have yet to land even an internship in an agency (graduated Sept 2010), should I just quit? Am I too old already?
Thanks again for everything you guys are doing and your time.

intro How long is too long when looking for an internship?Happy to provide some encouraging words. There is some truth to what your instructor said. A great school delivers a well rounded creative thinker who may have talent in both writing and art direction. We had an intern who came in as a writer and left as an art director. He was torn and we left the door open for him to discover what his true calling was. He was naturally gifted as a designer, self motivated and worked hard above and beyond his formal school instruction. Most ad schools offer more instruction for art directors than copywriters. The writers often had their start in an art direction stream. We know a lot of successful writers that had that history. Ideally, you feel affinity for one or the other and focus on the discipline you’d love most. But you are out of school, so now you want to know where you stand. Getting an internship is almost as hard as getting a full time job. Most grads are surprised to learn how long it can take to be in the right place at the right time. So you are having a pretty normal experience. The key is to stay driven, don’t take rejection personally. Keep working on your book. And get as much feedback from professionals as you can. Ask straight out—is my book competitive with other recent grads you’re seeing? If not, what’s the gap? We don’t know from your question if you’re having trouble getting interviews in the first place, or what you’ve heard so far. Keep pushing. Btw no you’re nowhere near “too old.”

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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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