Bri Harding and Catherine Adams beat out 80 peers to earn their position in the BL Experience (BLX)—Bailey Lauerman’s summer internship program that pairs college juniors, seniors and recent grads with agency mentors. Curiosity, creativity, and the ability to see a project through from conception to completion are key attributes that we look for in the interns selected each year.
The BLX is designed to give interns the opportunity to work alongside their mentors as an integral part of our team. The 2016 class of interns contributed work to national accounts including Cuties, Panda Express, and Phillips 66, as well as two local nonprofits, Special Olympics Nebraska and Better Business Bureau.
When full-time team positions opened for a business development coordinator and an associate designer, Adams and Harding were well-positioned to advance from intern to full-time staffer.
“There are high expectations for our BLX team, but it’s also a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and an opportunity to experience being part of the agency team,” says Cyndi Wenninghoff, director of culture and BLX program lead. “Our BLX team members get great ‘real world’ experience but we also get a chance to learn from them and to discover new talent for the future of the agency.”
“The encouraging mentors, the award-winning creative work, the fun work environment — BLX taught me everything I didn’t realize I need to know as a young ad professional. As a recent graduate, the BLX was more than I could have ever asked for to kick-start my career. Creating work for actual clients and learning from some of the best ad professionals in the industry was truly the best experience.” —Bri Harding, associate designer
“The BLX absolutely exceeded my expectations. I wasn’t just an intern — I was part of the agency. I learned so much. No other experience compares.” —Catherine Adams, business development coordinator
Know a talented college student that would like to be part of the 2017 BLX team? The 2017 BLX runs June 1 to Aug. 4, 2017. Applicants can apply now through Feb. 10, 2017 at www.blxinternship.com.