L&S Roundtable: Wise Words from Former Ad Campers

By Blair Gilkyson
  • 11.16.18
  • 8 Min Read

Ad Camp has been Lawrence & Schiller’s internship program for the past eight years, attracting eager learners and brilliant minds from all disciplines. Lucky for us, many of them stuck around. And they’re here to give advice and insight about the program. If you’re considering earning an Ad Camp badge, say hello to the former Campers who now hold full-time positions at L&S.

"We started from the bottom, now we're here." - Former Ad Campers, probably

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WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR L&S INTERNSHIP?

Amy DesLauriers, Media Intern, 2011: My internship at L&S allowed me to apply my skills and education in the real world and learn the ins and outs of an advertising agency.

Casey Goodmund, Design Intern, 2015: Being an intern at L&S not only helped me grow, but also taught me something much more important: how to be a good teammate. Supporting your team in whatever way possible is the key to success at L&S.

Jamie Hegge, Account Service and Copywriting Intern, 2008: I am happy to say that I have a completely fulfilling career and can now call myself an experienced advertising and marketing professional… something I couldn’t have done without my L&S internship.

Mariah Larson, Digital Intern, 2016: Although I was on the digital team, I got a taste of other areas, which expanded my appreciation for what each person does within the agency. I was stunned at how every individual was passionate, intelligent and driven to deliver the best work to the client.

Paige Schwitters, Account Service Intern, 2015: Whether it was coordinating social media posts or assisting with a TV shoot, I learned something new every day during my internship. I’m proud to now call myself a full-time L&Ser and work with some of the region’s best every day.

"I learned something new every day during my internship." - Paige Schwitters

Paige Schwitters | Roundtable Blog

Laura Mitchell, Broadcast and Account Service Intern, 2004 and 2005: During my internships, I did competitive research, helped coordinate talent and props for TV and video shoots, communicated with clients and worked with a group of fun, inspiring and incredibly smart people at L&S.

Tracy Saathoff, Account Service and Consumer Insights, 2010: I gained a depth of experience across many roles, which helped me understand how the team functions together and how each member brings a unique perspective and knowledge to make our clients’ campaigns the best they can be.

Erin Weinzettel, Account Service Intern, 2011: Interning for L&S gave me the opportunity to learn everything and anything about agency life. From being an extra in a TV spot to presenting to clients, I was able to familiarize myself with the ins and outs of the ad world in just three short months.

WHAT SHOULD AD CAMPERS LOOK FORWARD TO?

Tara Locke, Interactive Design Intern, 2008: Being an Ad Camp intern, you’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot and work on projects that give you new opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone.

Jamie Hegge, Account Service and Copywriting Intern, 2008: You’ll be part of a team from day one and ultimately learned everything you need to start a full-time career with one of the best agencies in the region.

Roberta Forman, Design Intern, 2015: Being a part of L&S gives you opportunities you didn’t know you’d have. It pushes you do to things you didn’t know you could do.

Les Cotton, Design Intern, 2010: You’ll get lots of free coffee to fuel your days. And you’ll be completely blown away by the L&S culture.

Dan Dismounts, Design Intern, 2014: Interning for L&S is unlike anything you’ll experience in the best way possible.

"Interning for L&S is unlike anything you'll experience." - Dan Dismounts

Dan Dismounts | Roundtable Blog

Kyrie Bussler, Consumer Insights and Media Intern, 2017: My internship at L&S ended up being the best opportunity yet. I discovered where my strengths are and how to bring them to the table.

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO FUTURE AD CAMPERS?

Carrie Biondi, Account Service Intern, 2008: Never say no and diversify your experience by diving into things that don’t necessarily line up with the discipline you’re in. You could have an interest in something you never thought was possible and you’ll grow to understand how the entire agency works and gain respect from all employees. Don’t wait to be asked.

Dan Dismounts, Design Intern, 2014: Outthink and outdo. Good enough is never good enough.

Mariah Larson, Digital Intern, 2016: For future Ad Campers, I say be yourself, work hard and don’t complain about group projects during school. Learning to be a good teammate is crucial.

Brett Summers, Copywriting Intern, 2011: To future interns I say: be humble and do your best to stand out. If you work hard at L&S, show your commitment and passion, and recognize just how untalented you are, you can succeed. The culture at Lawrence & Schiller is unique in that you’re given a seat at the table right away. Don’t squander that opportunity.

"You're given a seat at the table right away. Don't squander that opportunity." - Brett Summers

Brett Summers | Roundtable Blog

Taylor Vavra, Digitial Intern, 2017: My advice is to come to your internship with an open mind, ask questions and enjoy the experience.

Rachel Hennen, Account Service Intern, 2018: Be a strong communicator and have confidence. Never turn away from an opportunity just because you don’t understand right now. You don’t have to know all of the answers, you just have to be eager to learn.

Les Cotton, Design Intern, 2010: Work hard. Nose down. Always say yes to anything you can do to help the team out.

Roberta Forman, Design Intern, 2015: Never settle. There’s always something to learn, and there’s always room to grow. Take on challenging projects and soak in as much as you can in your time here.

Paige Schwitters, Account Service Intern, 2015: Jump at any opportunity you’re given at the agency – it all leads to a better understanding of the industry.

Kyrie Bussler, Consumer Insights and Media Intern, 2017: Don’t be afraid to go after something that only interests you a little. It may just end up being a job you love.

Erin Weinzettel, Account Service Intern, 2011: Future Ad Campers should be eager to learn. Don’t be hesitant to take on any project. Ask questions, listen to answers and be driven. The reward is worth it.