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Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, we have decided not to run the Agency programme in Trinity term. We hope to run this programme again in Michaelmas term; dates for which will be announced on CareerConnect and on this page.

In the meantime, we invite you to make the most of this time to boost your career insights and plans, in particular through increased online/live voice support offered by our Careers Advisers.

These include:

  • Booking a 1:1 with the Adviser of your choice
  • Explore our Summer Internship Programme. Remote working opportunities include the chance to work with the UN, legal companies, aerospace organisations, start-ups and museums. You can browse all remote internships available through the programme on CareerConnect. Please note you can now apply to an unlimited number of summer internships with an application deadline of 13 April 2020.
  • Take advantage of the Micro-Internship Programme for Trinity term which will be launching on 22 April 2020 on CareerConnect. This term, all micro-internships will be completed remotely from home during week 9 (22-26 June 2020) and/or week 10 (29 June – 3 July 2020) of Trinity term.

For updates on the full range of our Careers Service resources during this period of constraint related to C-19, and beyond, see the Careers Service Blog.

About the programme
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The Agency was developed by The Careers Service and the Oxford Advertising and Marketing Society to help students gain practical experience working within an environment similar to a traditional creative agency – with real client projects from by local businesses, charities and community organisations.

You will be working in small teams of six over one academic term to find a creative solution to an intellectually challenging problem. Examples of possible projects could include assessing and  designing the  means to attract a different demographic to a book store, overhauling a company’s brand language or analysing the effectiveness of a previous advertising campaign with a view to implement a new strategy.

What will be the benefit to you?

  • Develop application and assessment centre skills
  • Increase commercial awareness by tackling strategic business issues and concerns
  • Gain specialised skills for working in a creative agency
  • Develop other key employability skills useful in any career such as self-management, team working, problem solving and communication
  • Produce demonstrable examples of key skills for your CV or for use in job/internship interviews
  • Contribute to the local community and gain work experience.
How does it work?
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After you submit your application, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment centre. The successful applicants will receive training and then be introduced to their client. They will work on their projects independently over a term with access to mentorship and guidance when required. Teams will liaise directly with their clients and produce a report, advertising or marketing campaign.

The closing date for applications for Trinity Term 2020 is 19 April (noon).

PLEASE READ: FAQ

How does it work?

After you submit your application, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment centre. The successful applicants will receive training and then be introduced to their client. They will work on their projects independently over a term with access to mentorship and guidance when required. Teams will liaise directly with their clients and produce a report, advertising or marketing campaign.

What will it cost me?

There is no cost to you for taking part. You won’t be charging for your projects so there will be no charge to the organisations providing the project brief either.

Does it matter what subject I’m studying or what year I am in?

Absolutely not – undergraduates and postgraduates from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Unfortunately owing to high demand we cannot accept applications from Said Business School students.

Do I need to know that I want to be a Marketing Consultant or Advertising Executive to apply for The Agency?

Absolutely not – you will learn a broad range of skills, some consultancy and marketing but also transferable skills including team work, communication, problem solving and business and customer awareness skills. These will be helpful in a range of possible career pathways. Taking part in the programme will help you to assess and decide where your strengths and interests lie and whether this sector may suit you. Motivation is key.

How to apply
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How to apply

Applications for the Trinity Term 2020 programme are now open. Please apply via CareerConnect

It is our intention to run this programme. However, we are constantly monitoring the current situation and we will notify applicants if anything changes.

Please note that you must be available for the following dates in order to take part:

  • Assessment centre: Friday 24 April, 14:00-15:00 (1 hour session)
  • Training day: Friday 1 May, 9:15-14:00 (catering will be provided)

We are unable to offer further assessment centres or training days, and you must attend these sessions in order to continue on the programme throughout term.

Eligibility

The programme is open to both undergraduates and graduates from any discipline, and selection is based on:

  • creativity in finding solutions
  • marketing awareness
  • motivation to support the local community
  • teamwork and communication skills

Unfortunately, owing to high demand we cannot accept applications from Said Business School students.

Keep up-to-date
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A great way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about The Agency is by joining the social media channels of the Careers Service and the Oxford Advertising and Marketing Society.

If you have any queries regarding the programme, please email agency@careers.ox.ac.uk

This information was last updated on 01 April 2020.
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