Advertising, Marketing, and PR

Explore careers in advertising, marketing and public relations by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental ResourcesAlumni to Know 

Job and Internship Resources



PR & Communications

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • AdLib - The AdLib Conference was founded in 2011 and has grown into a daylong conference that brings alumni who work in the industry back to campus to network with each other and to share trends, best practices and lessons learned with current students.
  • AdClass - Nature and contributions of the elements of marketing communications (e.g., advertising, sales promotions, the Web) in creating brand equity and stimulating demand. A project-oriented course with an emphasis on the strategic application of concepts resulting in an integrated communication plan for products and/or services. Course has a complementary lab component to teach technical skills and reinforce concepts via practicum.

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.

Sam Evans '01

Sam specializes in helping Egg clients focus brand strategy and innovation to design products and services that change behavior and drive growth. Sam has more than 15 years of brand-building experience, including several years in Brand Strategy and Innovation at PepsiCo and extensive agency-side experience across major consumer brands like Kimberly-Clark, Starbucks and Merck. Sam is a passionate evangelist of behavioral science and has been trained in Behavior Design by Dr. B.J. Fogg at Stanford University. Sam serves on the board of the Action Design Network, a global non-profit that unites 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 BA in Journalism from Washington and Lee University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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.

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, She moved to Atlanta and currently is a Senior Account Manager at Moxie on the TGI Fridays and SouthStar Energy accounts. Please reach out via email at with any questions!

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

Bryan graduated in 2012 with a Mass Communications degree from Washington and Lee. 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 (Assistant Account Executive), and is now an AE (Account Executive), on the Chase Freedom 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.

Emily (Allender) Wilhoit '11

Emily Wilhoit 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.