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.

To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!

Graham Sheridan '11

Greensboro, North Carolina native Graham Sheridan graduated from W&L with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. After graduating, he worked for Charleston's Mayor Joe Riley's reelection campaign and then managed a city council campaign in Greensboro, NC. Graham obtained a Master's in Public Affairs at Brown University in Providence, RI and then worked as a paralegal for a year in Charleston. He now works as an account executive for the Greensboro News & Record helping small and medium sized businesses advertise their products and services.

Emily Wilhoit '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 the Senior Vice President of Client Partnership at Rokkan, where he leads Account Management and Business Development. Rokkan is a digital-first 360 creative agency created to serve as a partner for brave change. Rokkan functions less like an agency but as partner, aligned in purpose, goal, vision, risk and success. Rokkan's clients include Jet Blue, Veuve Cliquot, American Express, Samsung, Chipotle, and BMW.

Prior to joining Rokkan in 2015, Garcia spent 3 years as Partner and Managing Director at NSG/SWAT, a boutique marketing services firm founded in 2011 by Richard Kirshenbaum. He's also worked across business development and account management in previous roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, mcgarrybowen, and Deutsch, Inc., working on a diverse list of clients, including Chase, MillerCoors, P&G, and Mondelez.

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.

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.

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.

After Reingold, John worked at ESPN on the Social Media Marketing team, which manages the main ESPN brand social accounts (@espn on Twitter, Vine, and Instagram and He created content for ESPN's social platforms, including writing and producing YouTube videos, pitching social stories to editors, and creating social artwork with ESPN designers and freelance artists. John recently joined Sprinklr, a tech startup in San Francisco. He is interested in speaking with students about the sports/media industry, tech careers, and living in the Bay area. 

Sam Evans '01

As a director with Egg Strategy, Sam helps clients focus brand and innovation strategy in order to change behavior and build pathways to growth. Sam has more than fourteen years of brand-building experience from multiple perspectives, both on the agency side, serving organizations like Merck, Kimberly-Clark and Starbucks, and at PepsiCo, serving in brand strategy and innovation roles across Gatorade, Quaker and the Global Nutrition Group.

Sam leads the Action Design Chicago Network - a community of Behavioral Economics academics, practitioners and designers dedicated to the art and science of designing products and experiences that help people take action in their lives. He enjoys speaking at conferences, including the Kellogg Marketing Conference and the Market Research for Product Innovation Conference.

Sam earned a B.A. in Journalism from Washington and Lee University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy 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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