MADE Finalist FAQs

As you enter the next round of consideration for a MADE Internship placement, please read the following FAQs to familiarize yourself with the process.

How does the matching process work?

Congratulations. We are thrilled that you decided to apply to this program. We share the following with companies you expressed interest in:

  • Resume
  • Academic Recommendation
  • Digital Interview

We share a set number of candidates to MADE host companies. Those companies then have their own process to evaluate candidates.

Can I send an updated resume?

Unfortunately, not. We make sure that all candidates operate from the same point in time when we send the full application packet to employers. That being said, if you are connected with a host company, please do send them your updated resume so they can see the amazing work you have done since you applied for this program.

How do MADE host companies evaluate candidates?

All MADE companies who participate in this program guarantee a slot in their summer internship programs for a MADE candidate. They all understand the rigor of this program and what the intent behind this program is which is to identify the next generation of marketing and advertising leaders.

How many companies do I get a chance to be exposed to?

We make sure that your application package is exposed to at least four companies. Our goal is to give you as much exposure to companies to increase the likelihood of a placement.

Does it increase my chances if I am interviewing already with a MADE company outside of the MADE program to be accepted to that company?

The MADE program runs independently from the normal recruiting process that these companies have. Going through the MADE process provides another data point for those companies to consider you.

How many interviews can I expect to receive?

Some candidates many receive several. Others might only receive one. Some might not receive any. We present candidates to each company, and they select the ones that they want to have a conversation with. What each company has guaranteed is one slot for a MADE candidate.

Is a match guaranteed?

Unfortunately not. All companies participating in the program have guaranteed that they have allocated for a MADE intern. However, many companies have their own hiring procedures and skills requirements that they must follow to make sure that they are getting candidates who fit those particular guidelines.

What were the results of last year’s MADE program?

We had 32 students placed at 29 companies. Several received full-time offers from their summer employer. We are excited to continue the momentum in scaling this program.

Who are the companies that are participating in this year’s MADE program?

View the list of host companies participating this year. We are in the process of adding more companies in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

What happens when I get contacted by a company?

Based on what we learned last year, some companies will make an offer to a candidate without any interview. Some companies will want to do a phone screen with the HR recruiting manager. Others will want you to talk directly with the hiring manager. Our goal is to give you as much information as possible so that you can prepare accordingly.

How should I prepare for these conversations?

You should prepare for these conversations as you would for any interview. Please do research on the company and prepare accordingly. We will do our best to give you any additional information on these companies that we think is relevant.

What is the timeline in which this MADE matching process happens?

Our goal is to close out all and finalize our entire summer internship class by Friday, April 5th. Some companies will make offers quickly. Others have a more extensive process of evaluation. Our goal is to facilitate this process so that you feel like the process is moving along quickly and efficiently.

Can I get an answer quicker if I have a deadline for another internship offer?

Unfortunately not. This program exposes you to companies that you may not have been considering in the past and allows you to become part of a larger community in the marketing and advertising industry. We cannot accelerate the process because we are responsible for matching candidates with companies, but it is the host companies’ decision about when they give offers.

Is it possible for a MADE candidate to receive multiple offers?

Yes, it is possible for candidates to receive multiple offers. However, we want to make sure that we are trying to find the right opportunity for you. The hope is that there is a match at one particular company that works for you as well as that organization. You can only accept one offer for the summer.

What is the deadline for accepting an offer?

We ask to give a decision within three business days. That way, you can make the best decision for yourself and also be courteous to other candidates in the MADE internship pool who are also looking for roles.

If we accept an internship elsewhere, can we still be part of the MADE program?

Unfortunately, we cannot pair you with another company given our resource constraints.

If the recruiter doesn’t reach out to us immediately, should we follow up?

Yes, once a connection is made, a best practice is to reach out directly to the recruiter to offer up times that you are available.

What happens after I accept an offer?

Once you accept an offer, we reach out to congratulate you! We then initiate the training, match a mentor, and introduce you to other MADE candidates for the summer.

When do I get assigned a mentor?

You will get assigned a mentor a few weeks before your summer internship program starts. We do our best to find someone who has similar interests to you and is looking to give back to the next generation of talent. This mentor might be only a few years out of school to someone who is more experienced in the industry.

When does the training start?

Our training starts after the MADE class gets placed, so closer to the beginning of April. Last year, we did training around storytelling, brand activation, multicultural marketing, biggest trends in the marketing and advertising industry, and soft skills implementation.

When did you start the MADE program?

We started the MADE program in fall of 2017 for our first placements in summer 2018. The reason why we created this program can be traced back to the research we did on Bridging the Talent Disconnect which you can read more about.

How can I find out more?

Please feel free to reach out to the Class of 2018 MADE interns and – Ask Anything – about their experience.

Please note: information about individual application review status cannot be given. However, if you have a question about the MADE experience, the class of 2018 MADE Interns are ready for you to Ask Anything about their internships.

"Our future marketing and advertising leaders are not just looking for a job, they are looking for a meaningful career that will make a positive impact on society."
— Gord McLean, President and CEO at ANA Educational Foundation