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ONce upon a time, two seniors studying marketing at Arizona State University met at the beginning of their last semester of college through an internship at a local advertising agency. They were both hired as Account Coordinator Interns and brought their own unique voice and perspective to the work they collaborated on. They were aware that they would learn through hands-on experience in the advertising industry, but by surprise, they also discovered how co-workers could become best friends. <3

 

Mikaela Copley

I grew up in the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, California. Wanting a change from the tech scene as well as a great business education, I came to the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. I am a true Californian at heart, but I have found that I love the people and lifestyle of Scottsdale, Arizona. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Marketing and am now a Sigma Kappa Alumna ready to pursue my career in advertising here in Phoenix.

 

What was your favorite aspect of the internship with ON Advertising?
My favorite part of the ON Advertising internship was being able to experience the different types of accounts we have. The agency provides marketing and advertising services to such a wide variety of businesses, it is interesting to see how we can enhance a company with just a few steps.

 

What excites you most about the marketing and advertising industry?
The most exciting aspect I found in advertising is client prospecting. Looking at a business and seeing how we can potentially improve their exposure through various platforms is motivating to me. Brainstorming and analyzing different strategies to ultimately deliver ROI is something I think is important to support clients or businesses.

 

Where in the Valley would we be most likely to bump into you?
One of my favorite spots here in the valley is Mill Avenue. I really enjoy spending time with my friends eating Mexican food and catching up after school and work. I’m a fan of Arizona State University sports and love to watch the games with all peers at the local sports bars.

 

Katie Ciancio

As a native New Yorker, I was drawn to Phoenix and Arizona State University by the inclusive atmosphere and downtown art scene. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, The Honors College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Concentration in Digital and Integrated Marketing Communications. During this past semester, Phoenix stole a place in my heart as I learned about this city’s marketing industry and became integrated into the creative community that originally made me fall in love with the Valley.

What was your favorite aspect of the internship with ON Advertising?
My favorite aspect of this internship experience was understanding how all the different teams that constitute an advertising agency work together. Being a full-service agency, we do everything in-house, and even though my job was technically in accounts, I was able to get involved and participate in other teams like creative and social media.

What excites you most about the marketing and advertising industry?
Digital marketing. I believe that in order for brands and companies to connect with consumer segments, there needs to be a focus on digital marketing strategies. Leveraging this aspect of marketing allows for companies to build personalized experiences for consumers through analyzing online behavior. It also allows for a company to differentiate a brand amongst competitors by building a digital community.

Where in the Valley would we be most likely to bump into you?
The Van Buren, for sure. I attend around five to six shows a month, and they are usually at this venue. I really enjoy going to concerts and music festivals. My music preferences range from alternative rock to EDM, and everything in between.

An example of a project we both had the opportunity to work on was the rebranding of ON Advertising. We were able to reposition ON Advertising as a modern agency that puts client’s needs at the forefront through unique and creative strategies.

We achieved this by condensing written content and making recommendations for the ON brand voice. We found that despite differences in personalities and opinions, we were able to bring our individual perspectives together to create progressive and innovative work. This internship has helped develop our professional skills and from our experience of working together, we will forever be colleagues throughout our marketing careers.

 We would like to thank ON Advertising and all of our amazing coworkers for mentoring us during this past months. Getting to work with all of you made our last semester of college truly memorable.

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