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Career and College Dreams Come

True at IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands Associate and Futures and Options’ mentor Mikell Brown and 2013 IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship Scholar Elisa Munoz

“My internship at IPG Mediabrands has given me more confidence in communicating with others," says Keyshawn Wright, a senior at George Westinghouse Career and Technical High School. "This has led to me participating more in class and to an improvement in my grades,” Over the past seven months at his internship, Keyshawn has developed a keen interest in advertising and media. His supervisor, Futures and Options board member Anne Benedict, works closely with Keyshawn, teaching him about the industry and helping him build skills he’ll need to be successful in any profession including time management, communication, and the ability to multitask. This summer, IPG Mediabrands will take three new interns.

In October, IPG Mediabrands awarded a $2,500 college scholarship and internship to Futures and Options alum Elisa Munoz. Elisa, a senior at The Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, plans to pursue a career in media and advertising and is thrilled to spend her summer interning at Mediabrands. “What I find interesting about advertising is that there is so much room for creativity," says Elisa. "There are always new ways to advertise and different things to advertise on.”

In addition to offering internships and a scholarship to Futures and Options students, IPG Mediabrands supports the organization in many other ways. Mikell Brown, an associate of Global Human Resources at Mediabrands, is currently serving as a mentor to George Westinghouse senior Sheila Puntiel, who spent the fall interning at Single Parent Resource Center. Mikell also gave interns a presentation about IPG Mediabrands and the advertising industry. She talked about her own career path (she began as an intern at Mediabrands) and offered advice to the interns as they navigate their own educational and professional careers.

IPG Mediabrands exemplifies the way businesses can make a meaningful impact on young people’s education and career aspirations. The firm truly steps up as a partner by making it possible for our youth to acquire the work-readiness skills, career opportunities and higher education needed to succeed. Futures and Options is extremely grateful for IPG Mediabrands’ tremendous support of our youth and looks forward to continuing our partnership.


IPG Mediabrands was founded by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) in 2007 to manage all of its global media-related assets. Today that means they manage and invest $37 billion in global media on the behalf of their clients, employ over 8,500 diverse and daring marketing communication specialists worldwide and operate their company in more than 130 countries.

Getting Ready for Work with Career Essentials

Career Essentials participants conducting mock interviews with one another.

This fall, thanks to ongoing support from Gap Foundation and Capital One, 62 high school students and 17 eighth graders are gaining professional skills through Career Essentials.


Career Essentials targets middle and high school youth who have not yet acquired the skill level or age to be placed in internship positions. This career readiness program provides the students with basic preparation for the work world as well as opportunities to learn important soft skills and explore careers.

Participants attend weekly workshops on topics such as communication, workplace etiquette and interview skills, and have the opportunity to explore careers on field trips to New York City businesses. Previous field trip sites include companies such as Gap, Thomson Reuters and Colgate-Palmolive. As the program comes to a close, students look forward to their mock interviews with professional volunteers as well as presenting their Create-A-Company projects to a panel of volunteer "investors."

Students' reviews of the program are stellar. In her evaluation, Kymberly Pryce, a sophomore at Notre Dame High School, comments, "I can think a little faster on my feet and I now know how to create a suitable resume for a future job. I think these skills will allow me to stand out." The students greatly enjoy Career Essentials because they feel more polished and confident, and eager to join the work world.


For the first time this fall, Gap Foundation funded our new Career Essentials Alumni Network Program, which will help students continue to build their skills. The program includes field trips and workshops as well as networking events.

We are now accepting Career Essentials applications for the spring! If you know a young person who would enjoy the program, please encourage them to apply by February 7th.


To apply for Career Essentials please click here.

Futures and Options Welcomes New

Program Coordinator Janay Daniel


Janay Daniel joined the Futures and Options team in January 2013 as a Program Coordinator. Her energy and drive for impacting high-potential youth started after she graduated from University of Chicago in 2010 with a degree in International Studies and Public Policy. As a University of Chicago Public Interest Fellow, Janay worked for Muchin College Preparatory Charter School. She worked directly with the Dean of Students to manage school operations and after school enrichment programs, and enhanced her understanding of youth leadership and development when she led her own class of 9th graders. 

Janay’s next step was with Global Learning Across Borders in New York City, where she worked with high school students to achieve intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication. She facilitated workshops for a diverse group of students on various topics in international education, as well as co-facilitated their summer experiential learning trip to India. 

Janay continued her work in international education with AFS Intercultural Programs as a Program Advisor, working with students to help them understand AFS’s mission and plan study abroad experiences based on their interests, timelines and goals. Janay is very excited to be a part of Futures and Options and looks forward to her time working with her colleagues to help the program continue to succeed and grow.

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