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2016 Participants

The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts that exposes professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, a marketing or media company. Professors return to the classroom and teach their subject with more authority.  

Components of the program are an orientation followed by an eight-day internship.  During the internship, professors are asked to give a Lunchtime Talk on his/her area of expertise and how it relates to advertising.  

Thanks to the generosity of the companies listed below, 10 professors were hosted by ad agencies, a media company and a marketing company in Chicago and New York City during June 2016.  Since Career Services Directors (CSD) are approached more often about careers in advertising, five administrators participated in orientations.

New York City Participants at McCann Orientation
2016 VPPs

Front row left to right: Jessica Long, Jooyoung Kim, Lu Zheng, Kacy Kim, Sarah Parrish (AEF), Rajesh Bhargave
Back row left to right: Gauri Kulkarni, Ed Timke, Sabrina Habib, Lynne Pepall, Morgan Poor, Kali Odell, Bryan Shealer, Sharon Hudson (AEF), Anne Petersen


Chicago Participants  
2016 Chicago VPPs
From left to right: Professor Kent Grayson and Career Director Benjamin Waltzer

2016 Program Participants

Professor School Department Host
Kent Grayson Northwestern Univ. Marketing Leo Burnett
New York City      
Rajesh Bhargave Univ. of Texas, San Antonio Marketing Ogilvy & Mather
Sabrina Habib Winthrop University Mass Comm. Young & Rubicam
Jooyoung Kim Univ. of Georgia Advertising Saatchi & Saatchi
Kacy Kim Elon Univ. Marketing McCann
Gauri Kulkarni Towson Univ. Marketing Chobani
Lynne Pepall Tufts Univ. Economics J. Walter Thompson
Morgan Poor Univ. of San Diego Marketing DDB
Edward Timke Univ. of Calif., Berkeley Media Studies R/GA
Lu Zheng Univ. of Florida Advertising ZenithOptimedia
Career Services Directors    
Jessica Long Wake Forest University    
Kali Odell Amherst College    
Anne Petersen Washington Univ., St. Louis  
Bryan Shealer St. Olaf College    
Benjamin Waltzer Univ. of Chicago    




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