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Mundane Mondays - Ben the Intern

July 25, 2016
Author: Kelly Elarbee
It is Monday at The Specialist Works US and today we would like to introduce our summer intern Ben! Which is me, actually. I am currently a student studying Psychology, Economics, and Marketing at McGill University in beautiful Montreal, Canada. McGill is the alma matter of our President, Kelly Elarbee, who returned to the freezing cold Canadian winter earlier this year to deliver a talk on how to gain a non-Starbucks job with an Arts degree. I found her advice on discovering a suitable career and blending various passions, as well as general commentary on the marketing industry, to be incredibly insightful. After several texts and one LinkedIn invitation, I ended up accepting a place in their internship program here in Atlanta.

Like many, my first exposure to the advertising industry was through Mad Men binge sessions and old Nike commercials. I have always seen the profession as a unique blend of art and science. By combining mountains of demographic and distribution data with strong messaging, TSW is able to maximize the marketing dollars of our clients. But the marriage between numbers and paint strokes isn’t just apparent in the business process, it’s evident in the way people here treat each other. One of the best aspects of my session so far has been the ability to learn from mistakes and grow with the support of the rest of the team. The culture at the office is one that calls for perfection, but also fully understands that perfect may change based on the path taken. The environment is fast-paced, can be stressful, but at the end of the day there is a sense of accomplishment. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, TSW US is looking for interns to carry on the torch once I leave. For the eager and willing, please send inquiries to Kelly, at kellyelarbee@thespecialistworks.com.