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Companies in this industry create advertising campaigns, implement public relations campaigns, and engage in media buying, among other advertising services; these roles include social media, public relations, account executives, web, SEO, event planning and email marketing. While some of these roles are found within the “client-side” or company/brand, there are also opportunities through the “agency-side” in companies that specialize in providing advertising and marketing solutions. Many of these business-related functions involve analysis of data and tracking.

Advertising and Marketing Job Titles

  • Account Executive
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Analyst
  • Media Buyer
  • Content Producer
  • Social Media Manager
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The Advertising and Marketing Job Search

Unlike finance or consulting, marketing firms and companies that hire for this function are more likely to hire throughout the year.  There are some internships and entry-level cohort programs that may have set deadlines in the fall, but the majority of positions will be posted from December through April.  Keep in mind that most employers in this industry will also hire based on vacancy, so there could be positions available after graduation, as well. 

Portfolio and Online Presence

There are a variety of tools to help you promote your personal or artistic brand. Many employers expect applicants to have their work (writing, design work, blog posts) presented online.  If you take the opportunity to create a portfolio or website before you submit, you won't be defined by what can be found in a Google search.

  • Behance and PortfolioBox host online portfolios in a variety of industries and locations and have interactive community elements
  • LinkedIn provides a platform for presenting your entire work history and allows you to promote your personal website, news articles, images, and slideshows
  • SquareSpaceWix and Weebly offer free tools to build a custom website
  • (writing)
  • SoundCloud (music/recorded sound)


When preparing for an interview in the Marketing, Advertising and PR fields, keep these tips in mind:

  • Research a firm's recent campaigns and awards. Check out PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) to get started.
  • Speak with alumni at the companies you are interested in. Check out LinkedIn and VAM to find alumni.
  • Prepare insightful questions regarding the challenges and potential competitors for that company.
  • Consider your online presence as this could be advantageous for your candidacy.

Alumni Spotlight

Account Manager, Pinterest

Ariel is an Account Manager with Pinterest, one of the leading social media platforms devoted to the sharing and discovering of ideas. Ariel handles disruptor partnerships at Pinterest, working with brands such as Warby Parker and Hello Fresh to strategize ways to maximize their advertising investments.

Major: Cognitive Science (Bachelor) 
College: University of Virginia 
City: New York 
State: New York