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Performance Creative Intern (Art Direction and Copywriting)

Location: New York, NY.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading performance marketing services agency and part of the dentsu company, one of the world’s largest holding companies.  Merkle’s Performance Creative practice is a 200+ team of art directors, copywriters, designers, editors, strategists and producers creating award-winning work for Fortune 500 clients including Amex, Anthem BCBS, BMW/Mini, Nordstrom, Cricket Wireless and more.  What makes Merkle’s breed of Creative special is that it blends the art and science of advertising and marketing creative to help its clients drive share of heart AND share of wallet, so they can actually measure the performance of a given campaign. Merkle is an agency of dentsu. 

We are champions for meaningful progress and we strive to be a force for good—for our people, for our clients, for the industry and for our society. We keep our people at the center, creating space for growth, understanding and learning so they can thrive. We embed diversity, in our mindset, in our solutions and in our teams to empower an inclusive, equitable and culturally fluent environment. Building this culture within our teams makes us better collaborators with each other and with our clients, driving better outcomes for all.  

Job Description:

As a Merkle Performance Creative intern, you will be fully embedded in the creative process from brief through production and grow your creative concepting and implementation skills alongside creative teams that service our world class clients every day. You will work on creative campaigns that span the range of ad formats with a focus on digital platforms including audio, video, animation for social media platforms, the web and mobile.  Your work will also include some direct response media including direct mail and email, powerful ways to drive consumer response. We welcome and embrace candidates from non-traditional backgrounds – art school credentials and college degrees are not required – and we invite people at all stages of their career to join our team and contribute their unique ideas and perspectives. All we ask is that you come with an exceptional eye for art and craft, a positive and ambitious attitude, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves.

As an Art Director/Design Intern you will…

  • Be comfortable in the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • Apply design fundamentals such like typography, composition, and brand guidelines
  • Support the design team across various brand touchpoints including print, experiential, video, social, and campaign look and feel
  • Execute visual excellence in deliverables
  • Be proficient at Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • Have a great design sense
  • Knowledge of digital design and development,
  • Have a general sense/understanding of branding and messaging, and the ability to work closely with a Copywriter to meet client objectives
  • Be able to take and apply constructive feedback to creative work.

As a Copywriter Intern you will…

  • Have great communication skills and be able to talk about your ideas
  • Have strong written English skills
  • Are able to translate a business need and consumer point of view into a creative solution in the form of copy – headlines, sub-heads, body-copy, calls to action, etc.
  • Be able to partner with art directors and other creative partners to develop work and meet client objectives.
  • Be able to take and apply constructive feedback to creative work.
  • Rising seniors, recent graduate, career, career changers looking to enter a new industry, or anyone interested in gaining more experience in the creative field
  • Work in a team-based, fast-paced, detail-oriented environment
  • Resourceful, aptitude for learning new skills, and initiative to participate in advanced projects
  • Self-motivated, well organized, and resilient to changing timelines, requests, and deliverables 
  • Receive and apply constructive feedback, push past your comfort zone, and keep work on schedule
  • Strive for creative excellence
  • A portfolio of creative work/creative examples are required for any creative internship
Additional Information:

Part of dentsu, dentsu international helps clients to win, keep and grow their best customers and achieve meaningful progress for their businesses. With best-in-class services and solutions in media, CXM, and creative, dentsu international operates in over 145 markets worldwide with more than 46,000 dedicated specialists. Follow us on social @dentsuUSA. Employees from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds encouraged to apply.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Dentsu (the "Company") is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee of the Company, on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing an undue hardship on the Company. Please contact [email protected] if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process or to request or discuss an accommodation in connection with a job at the Company to which you are applying.

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