Advertising and Marketing

Are you considering a job or internship in advertising, marketing or public relations? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

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Careers in Advertising, Marketing and PR

Explore careers in the advertising, marketing and public relations by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

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Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.


Emily Allender '11

Emily Allender graduated from Washington and Lee in 2011 and was a Mass Communications and Spanish major. As a student, she had several internships in the marketing and advertising industry so upon graduating, she moved to New York City in search of agency jobs.  After a few weeks of interviewing at various companies, she landed at CBS Interactive, a large corporate office that was not like the trendy agency atmospheres she'd imagined for herself. As an Account Representative on the CNET ad sales team, she was in a completely different side of the advertising industry. Sales was never something she'd imagine doing but she quickly learned media sales is far different than used car sales. 

After two years living it up in NYC, Emily has relocated to Charleston, SC. Currently she is a Sales Executive at Blue Acorn, a leading eCommerce web development agency. On a daily basis, she is the primary contact for new business leads with the goal of acquiring new clients for website design and development.


Matt Garcia '08

Matt Garcia is a Partner and the Director of Account Management and Business Development at NSG/SWAT. NSG/SWAT is a next generation marketing services firm; founded in 2011 by Richard Kirshenbaum. NSG/SWAT executes marketing, branding, and advertising assignments with lethal efficiency and minimum property damage.

Since Garcia has joined the agency, NSG/SWAT has added the following clients to their roster: New York Rangers, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden, Wheels Up, Juice Press, Honeydrop Beverages, WS Development and Meesh & Mia.

Prior to joining NSG/SWAT in 2013, Garcia spent 3 years at Saatchi & Saatchi working with MillerCoors, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and Mondelez. While at Saatchi & Saatchi, Matt was also involved in multiple new business wins, including: Chase Sapphire, The Central Garden and Pet Company's Garden Brands, and Trident Gum, and he led the pitch for Trident's digital and social  businesses in the US. Since 2012, Garcia worked as Vice President, Management Supervisor for Mondelez International and Procter & Gamble where he led cross-functional teams for Luvs and Trident Gum.

Garcia's creative marketing and advertising knowledge extends from his prior positions at industry powerhouses Deutsch, Inc. and mcgarrybowen, working with USAA, Verizon, Marriott, Chase, and J.P. Morgan.

Originally from Atlanta, Matt graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics along with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Matt currently resides in New York City, but his heart is always in the south, and he tries to get back down there whenever he can.


Lisa Large '06

Lisa graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Geology. She has been in public relations in DC for about 8 years and has a great sense of what it's like to work for a variety of clients and issues, and for two very different agencies. Lisa got her foot in the PR door through an internship at Edelman after she graduated and is currently a Director at The Glover Park Group, a full service public and government affairs firm. Lisa offers to help generate ideas for jobs and connections in the communications industry. 


Lizzie McWilliams '06

Lizzie McWilliams graduated in 2006 from Washington and Lee after completing her degree in Business Journalism. After a couple of journalism internships while at W&L, Lizzie decide she wanted to do something different with her degree after graduation. Lizzie headed up to NYC and started working at Edelman (a large public relations agency) in their financial communications and investor relations practice. She then moved to DC and began working in the communications department of a client that she worked with while at Edelman -- a private equity and asset management firm. From there, Lizzie completed a brief stint in marketing for a small consulting firm, and then spent some time working on PR and marketing for an international law firm based in Washington. Lizzie is now leading public relations for a segment of the business in the Americas (North, South, Central America and Israel) for a Big 4 accounting firm.


Bryan Stuke '12

After a journalism internship at NBC Nightly News, and a sales internship at P&G, Bryan realized he wanted a work environment that was as exciting as a newsroom, but allowed him to work with clients on selling a creative idea versus a product. Advertising has since served as that hybrid, and for the past year and a half Bryan has worked as the AAE, and now AE, on the Miller Lite team at Saatchi & Saatchi NY. 


John Twomey '10

John Twomey graduated from Washington and Lee in 2010 with a degree in Politics. Following graduation John joined Reingold, Inc in DC as a Communications Associate where he was part of a team of communications professionals who assisted with internal and external communications for government, non-profit and association clients.

Since 2011, he has been at ESPN where he works on the Social Media Marketing team. The team manages the main ESPN brand social accounts (@espn on Twitter, Vine, and Instagram and Facebook.com/ESPN). John also helps create content for ESPN's social platforms, including writing and producing YouTube videos, pitching social stories to ESPN.com editors, and creating social artwork with ESPN designers and freelance artists.


Sam Evans '01

As Director of Innovation for Brandtrust, Sam Evans helps clients leverage human truth to inspire meaningful innovation.  With a firm foundation in the social sciences, Brandtrust has a unique understanding of the non-conscious mental models that drive decision-making.  Anchoring in the WHY brings focus to innovation that shifts perceptions to position brands for growth.

Sam has more than twelve years of brand-building experience from multiple perspectives, including several years participating on innovation teams for Fortune 500 companies.  Prior to joining Brandtrust, Sam served as a brand and innovation strategist for a boutique innovation consultancy, partnering with organizations like PepsiCo, Starbucks and Wrigley.  Sam also spent several years at PepsiCo, serving in brand strategy and innovation roles across Gatorade, Quaker and the Global Nutrition Group.

Sam earned a B.A. in Journalism from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Loralynne, and children, Grace and Andrew. Obsessed with music, Sam has been writing songs and playing the guitar for more than twenty years and has performed in rock bands in both Austin and Chicago.


Ryan Giesen '10

After graduation, Ryan worked in NYC with global ad agencies including Havas and Ogilvy on clients ranging from finance to technology. After getting married to another W&L alum in the Fall of 2013, Ryan moved to Atlanta and currently works for marketing agency Shared Vision Marketing which offers strategy and creative consult for a diverse roster of clients. 

 

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