In May, 137 students and faculty from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) headed to New York City, where several seniors landed jobs and internships in the Big Apple.

Students at 72&Sunny

SOJC Advertising students during a visit to 72andSunny.

The third annual trip was highly anticipated by advertising majors and included a jam-packed week of agency tours and networking opportunities. Throughout the course of the week, students visited 43 agencies, exploring job and internship prospects. This year’s list of visits included R/GA, Matter Unlimited, Horizon, 360i, AKQA, Code and Theory, Firstborn, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, GroupM, Anomaly, DDB, 72andSunny, Facebook and more. In addition, five student teams pitched at Wieden+Kennedy.

“The best thing about the NYC Experience trip is seeing how widespread the Duck network is,” explains senior Shelby Dunlap. “Every agency I visited had Duck representatives and everyone was so proud of where they came from.”

Dunlap, who will be working as production intern at Code and Theory, believes the trip helped her earn her new job.

“I would not have this opportunity without having gone on the NYC Experience trip, she says. “I met a wonderful Duck alum at the NYC Experience networking event that works at Code and Theory. We kept in contact for the rest of the week and she helped me navigate through the application process.”

Senior Sarah Sharp will also return to New York to work as a copywriting intern at 72andSunny.

“New York is a great place to be a Duck,” Sharp explains. “By the end of the week, and in the weeks immediately following, so many people got jobs or internships from the connections made that week. The sense of support is incredible.”

“The New York Experience is a crash course in agency culture and industry infrastructure,” says Sharp. “Each of us leaves the trip with something different, but for all of us, the experience is invaluable.”

For more information about the SOJC’s NYC Experience visit the website uonyc.com and explore the hashtag #uonyc15 on Twitter and Instagram.

Story by Jessica Glackin ’15