J. Walter Thompson has launched a new global talent development program called Jump/Start. The aim is to help young creative thinkers, from all backgrounds, break into the advertising industry.
Jump/Start is not just about advertising, it includes disciplines spanning theater, film, creative writing, technology, product design, innovation and more.
“Across the board, one of the biggest trends we’re seeing in our industry is the convergence of traditional categories,”said Matt Eastwood, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer.
“With Jump/Start, we’ve designed a program that supports creative talent from beyond these traditional confines. Growing a diverse talent pool is essential to our ability to deliver better and more innovative ideas to our clients.”
Jump/Start is designed to bridge the gap between classroom education and hands-on application. Participants will have the opportunity to work in an active agency setting, while collaborating with teams of experienced and award-winning professionals.
They will also have the chance to work on live briefs and enhance their portfolios with real client work. Participating students will receive a monthly stipend for the duration of the three-month internship.
In Asia the program kicks off in Hong Kong, while worldwide it will be in Beirut, Dubai, London, Melbourne, New York, São Paulo and Sydney. Students, recent graduates and young professionals will be eligible to apply.
“I owe great thanks to the many people and agencies that helped me throughout my career, and especially as a young university graduate. That’s the sort of support we want to replicate for the next generation of great creative minds,” said Mr Eastwood.
The program will be led by Britt Hayes, Worldwide Head of Creative Talent, and by the respective Chief Creative Officers in the participating offices.
Applications will be accepted for 3-month rotations, and regional Jump/Start programs began accepting their first groups of participants in Fall 2015.
To apply or to find out more, please visit jumpstart.jwt.com.