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Advertising is the exciting marriage of art and commerce—you’ll master both as you combine critical thinking with creativity to deliver strategic messages to targeted audiences. You’ll put into practice a variety of skills that allow you to pursue a career as an advertising copywriter, account executive, researcher, digital producer, media planner, social media strategist—or a role of your own creation that doesn’t yet exist!


Opportunities abound

Our internship coordinator will help you identify opportunities that can jump-start your career. Drake advertising majors have found internships with companies such as The Integer Group, Strategic America, The Meyocks Group, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Olson, Gannett, the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Meredith Corporation, and many more. Current Bulldogs are regularly recognized for excellence with honors that include local and regional AAF awards, AAF student conference contest winners, AAF most promising minority student, competitive Bailey Lauerman and Olson internships, and more.


“I networked my way into the third oldest advertising agency in the world through a professor who connected me with an alumnus who coached me through the agency’s internship process, ultimately landing me the job.”
—Maddy Gildersleeve, senior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Committed to your success

Drake advertising alumni are found around the globe at places such as Young & Rubicam, Yahoo, 3M, Condé Nast, the Minnesota Lynx, Allstate Insurance, Walt Disney, Strategic America, VML Qais in Indonesia, Stelter Co., Weber Shandwick, FCB Global, and Meredith Corporation.

Of course, you’ll benefit from the experiences that all Drake Bulldogs enjoy—mentorship from professors at the top of their field; résumé-worthy internships, research experiences, and other professional preparation; opportunities to learn while serving the community; and January Term experiences that immerse you into the fascinating topics—and locations—you choose.


Academic preparation

You’ll select from a menu of classes that support your area of specialization and feature hands-on coursework in writing, visual communications, research, and media. During your senior year, you will collaborate with other students to produce a multimedia campaign for a real-world client—a powerful piece for your professional portfolio.


Important Admission Dates

Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake

Now - Entering first year and transfer students can apply for Spring or Fall 2019

January 15 - Crew Scholars deadline

January 18 - Business@Drake Day

January 20 - Create Your Future@Drake SJMC Day

February 1 - Music Audition Day

February 11 - Teacher Ed@Drake Day

February 21 - Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day


Learn more:

Advertising Website

Shari Tenney
Administrative Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Phone: 515-271-3194