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About the Agency

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 keys skills for your CV or for use in job/internshipinterviews
  • Contribute to the local community and gain work experience.
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.

The closing date for applications for Trinity Term 2019 is 23 April (noon).

How to apply

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.

Application process

Applications for the Trinity Term 2019 programme are now open. Applications are accepted through CareerConnect. APPLY NOW

PLEASE NOTE: You must be available for the following dates in order to take part:

  • Assessment centre: Friday 26 April 2019, at 14:00 and 15:00
  • Training day: Friday 3 May 2019, between 9:15-14:00
Keep up-to-date

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 courses@careers.ox.ac.uk

This information was last updated on 13 February 2019.
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