By Delaney Wehn
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. And the Ogilvy internship program is no exception.
Before coming to grips with the emotional rollercoaster of leaving the office, a major task still had to be accomplished: the final intern project presentation. This year, we were lucky enough to work with a Fortune 100 company as the client for our project.
In just five short weeks, the interns, who were split into six diverse teams, were responsible for taking a detailed ask and using it to craft comprehensive campaign pitches that covered research, strategy and creative executions. The full scale of this project truly exposed the interns to almost every aspect of Ogilvy’s business, which was an amazing educational experience.
The project was not without stress, but as the saying goes, diamonds are created under pressure. One intern, Linh Dang, put it best by saying, “It’s Divine Discontent that drove us to constantly evaluate and polish our work, until the very last minute. It was the most exhilarating and satisfying moment when finally at the end, you know that work paid off.” After many late nights (which of course were filled with ordering in food and delirious laughter), the six teams were able to present their pitches to the client in-person.
Being in the room and watching so many talented peers present such innovative ideas was a magical experience. Although the feeling of finally delivering such long-term work was hard to sum into words, Dorrie Greenfield, another fellow intern, said, “It was so rewarding and such a great bonding experience working with a team and combining everything we had all learned into something so complete.”
And the best part? After the presentations concluded and the winners were announced, everyone became a winner when a cake was brought out and the intern Farewell Celebration kicked off. With music playing and lots of laughs, the intern class blew off some steam after working so hard.
Reflecting on the joy of a summer of personal growth but the sadness of leaving, the mood was bittersweet. But regardless of the department or team each intern worked with, one feeling was universal—this summer was one to remember.