From Big D to the Big Apple

Marissa Lopez '16 credits her incredible internship opportunities through SMU and the skills she picked up to preparing her to work as junior art director at the New York location of global advertising agency BBDO. Lopez developed an impressive résumé during her time on the Hilltop – interning at both large and small agencies as well as at Southwest Airlines. She also participated in the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Program, which opened the door to a summer internship at BBDO, where she knew right away that she wanted to get hired on full time. She embraced every opportunity at the agency and, after a five-month internship, landed her full-time position.


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