(Clockwise from top left) Karen Mejia, Lisa Rainford, Emily Laramy and Na’im Carlyle are 2017 MAIP Fellows.

Four advertising majors selected for MAIP Fellowship Program

Advertising majors Na’im Carlyle, Emily Laramy, Karen Mejia and Lisa Rainford have been selected as Fellows for the 2017 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), hosted by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s).

“We’re so proud that these students are representing UGA and the wonderful education they’re getting in AdPR,” said Tom Reichert, head of the Grady College Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

MAIP is an intern program designed to promote and develop diverse talent within the advertising industry. Over 100 agencies are participating in the professional growth and development of these highly skilled and motivated students from across the country this summer.

The program kicks off with a 12-week webinar series to give the fellows an in-depth look into the advertising industry. The second part of the program involves the fellows fully immersed within their host agencies. For nine weeks, the fellows work alongside industry professionals and learn the inner workings of their chosen disciplines.

Mejia, who will be interning at Moxie in Atlanta, said she is grateful to have been chosen as a MAIP fellow.

“I can’t wait to get to know all of the fellows and start my career,” she said. “I am excited for what the future holds and where this experience will lead me. Thank you 4As and Moxie!”

Rainford will be interning at 22Squared in Atlanta.

“I’ve interned at a variety of places during my college career, but never an advertising agency,” she said. “With my dream work environment being an agency, I knew I had to make it happen. A hefty application, an interview, and a draft day later and I’m a 2017 MAIP Fellow! This opportunity definitely means the world to me.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to this experience because it’s so jam-packed with all these great character/skill building opportunities. From spring training webinars, to learning HTML coding, to our group intern project, to professional development events, and to end it all in August, Face of Talent. But of course I can’t forget the most exciting thing of all, interning for my host agency 22Squared. I’m grateful they chose me as their fellow, and I cannot wait to work, learn, grow, and share my perspective with them this summer.”

Carlyle will be interning with the Richards Group, in Dallas, Texas.

“I am excited to be a part of the MAIP 2017 class,” he said. “I’m looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of agency life, while also having the opportunity to interact with the other fellows. I plan to explore my knowledge, not only about the industry but also the role I will be able to play in showcasing diversity as a creative. Thank you to the 4A’s and The Richards Group for the opportunity!”

Laramy is entering her second year in the MAIP program. Last year she interned with GTB in Detroit and this year she will be interning with Publicis Health, in New York, New York.

“I’m so ecstatic to be working in New York City this summer for such an amazing company like Publicis Health and getting the fun experience of living with my fellow MAIPers,” she said. “MAIP is such a unique experience not only because of the professional opportunities it creates, but also for how it fosters multicultural talent through things like its spring training series, mentorship program, and engagement with its alumni long after graduation. MAIP ends up being so much more than just an internship, it feels like a family.”

Date: May 5, 2017
Author:  Cara Lacey and Na'im Carlyle