MADE Internship FAQ

See below for answers to most questions.

Do I need to be a marketing/advertising major?

Nope! We are looking for all kinds of majors. There is no preference given to the type of degree you have whether that be marketing, advertising, anthropology, or engineering. All are welcome to apply!

Who is eligible for the MADE program?

Any undergraduate Junior or Senior graduating between May 2024 and May 2025.

Once I submit my application, can I add any additional documents?

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept anything additional once you submit your application. Please review the application carefully before you submit it!

How do I submit my academic recommendation?

After you fill out the initial application, you will receive an email from the MADE team within a week with instructions to submit your recommendation. Please follow those instructions carefully as you will be sent a unique link associated with only your application. You will move on to the next stage of the application process ONLY after you submit your letter through the link. Please allow yourself enough time to submit all documents to advance to the next stage prior to the deadline.

Can I submit a professional recommendation instead of an academic recommendation?

You can only submit an academic recommendation. This is a chance for us to hear from a professor about your critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. These are skills that are strong predictors of your success as a future leader in marketing and advertising.

Can I submit more than one recommendation?

We will only look at one recommendation so please submit what you feel represents you the best.

When I receive a request for a digital interview, do I need to complete it that day?

You can complete it at any point before the application deadline. You do not have to complete it the same day that you receive the interview request.

What is considered a complete application?

A complete application is your initial submission form with your resume, an academic recommendation, and the digital interview. All have to be completed before the stated deadline.

How can I check if I have everything completed for my application?

If you have filled out the application with your resume, conducted the digital interview, and submitted your academic recommendation before the stated deadline, you have given us everything we need. Unfortunately, we don’t have a self-service interface for you to check.

Can I make changes to my application once I have submitted it?

Unfortunately, once you submit your application, we are unable to give you access to change it. Our system can’t accommodate this self-service functionality.

Can I get feedback on my application?

While we would love to provide feedback, we are unable to accommodate this request. Find out more details about a marketing and advertising career by visiting FastForum and Industry Conversations.

Will MADE help me find an internship in the Fall or Spring?

AEF offers select internship opportunities in the Fall and Spring – in addition to Summer. Please note that internship availability depends on company needs, and we can’t guarantee you will be hired for an internship during your preferred time period. Majority of our internship opportunities during the summer.

When will you be interviewing candidates?

We review applications on a rolling basis and will start conducting live interviews as early as September during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Who will be interviewing the candidates?

Senior executives from the AEF and Association of National Advertisers will be conducting the interviews.

How will candidates be interviewed?

We will supply a link to a digital interview platform called ConveyIQ to conduct the discussion. If advanced to the next round, live interviews will take place via Zoom. The interview will last between 30-45 minutes.

What if I have not heard from the MADE team?

We review applications as quickly as we can but also thoroughly and fairly. This takes some time! Keep in mind, we are reviewing candidates on a rolling basis so the earlier you applied, the better chance you will hear from us in a timely fashion.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes! We have so many great candidates apply but might not have the right opportunity available for them at the time. Since we are constantly adding the companies to our partner list, we maintain a waitlist of candidates who we liked, but didn’t have a place for. We will try to be as transparent about your status as possible but please keep in mind, we have over two thousand candidates and dozens of partners to navigate. It will take some time for us to make our final decisions.

If I become a MADE Finalist am I guaranteed to get hired as an intern?

If you become a MADE Finalist, we will share your application materials with our partner companies and do our best to help you find an internship. However, the partner companies ultimately decide to whom they will extend internship offers. The good news is that most of our MADE Finalists are typically hired for internships.

Where are the MADE partner companies located?

We have partner companies signed up in cities nationwide including New York, Chicago, Boston, LA, San Francisco. This list is subject to change over the coming months.

What about the housing arrangements and related costs?

All MADE internships are paid. However, we do not provide housing arrangements or additional funding for living/relocation expenses.

When do the summer internships start and end?

Most of the companies in the MADE program start their internship programs in June and end in August. They last anywhere from eight to ten weeks with 30 to 40 hour work weeks. All of the internship programs are paid.

I'm studying abroad in the Spring semester. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply for the MADE program. You’ll just have to account for the time difference when setting up live interviews with the MADE recruiting team!

Can international students apply?

Yes, international students who are matriculating at an accredited university or college in the United States can apply as long as they hold an F-1 visa.

When should I apply to MADE?

This is a highly competitive internship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Marketers (i.e. Mastercard, IBM, and L’Oreal, Sephora) recruit students for summer internships as early as September, so it is best to apply by the priority deadline of Friday, October 20th at 11:59pm ET to increase your chances of being placed.
Students interested in interning at an ad agency or media platform must apply and complete their application by Friday, January 26th at 11:59pm ET.

"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