AdAcademy – final year students/grads

Applications for this year’s scheme are now closed.



IPA AdAcademy will not be running in 2015 and is under review for 2016.

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    Tolu AnneJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:58 pm


    I just wanted to know providing a candidate is successful getting a place on this internship, is there a guaranteed job after?

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      HelenJanuary 17, 2014 - 3:50 pm

      Hi Tolu,

      No, we can’t guarantee a job – it’s up to you to impress your agency!

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    HollyJanuary 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Hi there,

    When applications open in February where a bouts will I need to go to apply, do I just return to this page?


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      HelenJanuary 21, 2014 - 3:46 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Yes, you’ll be able to apply from this page!

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    ByronJanuary 21, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    This seems to be a wonderful opportunity for graduates. I am concerned about the scheduling of the programme and my ability to keep my current job.

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      HelenJanuary 21, 2014 - 3:53 pm

      Hi Byron,

      It is timed to run after graduation and before most grad schemes start in September, so I’m afraid there’s no flexibility in the timings.

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    Peter BannisterJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:16 pm


    Can I ask whether the dates are fixed, or is there any flexibility – pending agreement with the agency?

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      HelenJanuary 27, 2014 - 10:54 am

      Hi Peter,

      Dates are fixed as all AdAcademy students attend opening and graduation ceremonies and also work together on a group project.

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    AlexJanuary 24, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Hey Helen,

    I am a postgrad. Can I apply?

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      HelenJanuary 27, 2014 - 10:53 am

      Hi Alex,

      Of course! Look forward to your application.

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    JenniferJanuary 27, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Hey Helen

    I would be applying for this but I would also like to know a few things about ad schools in UK.

    Could you tell me about some good ad schools in UK where I can apply for a masters? Would be glad if I could study for a year as well.

    Looking forward to your reply.

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      HelenJanuary 27, 2014 - 2:07 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      I recommend you look at The Times or The Guardian league tables. They should be of help.

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    Teresa GilabertJanuary 29, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    Hello Helen,
    I’m really interested in becoming part of this program. When applications open in February What must I do to apply?

    Looking forward to your reply.

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      HelenJanuary 30, 2014 - 10:04 am

      Hi Teresa,

      Delighted to hear you’re interested in applying. You’ll be able to apply from this page on Monday 3rd Feb – all details will be available then!

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    Sarah DraycottJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Our degree encourages us to form creative teams before and after graduating, would you take applications from a team or is this only for individual applicants?

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      HelenFebruary 3, 2014 - 9:32 am

      Hi Sarah,

      The programme is only for individual applicants (to make it fair for those who haven’t studied an advertising course/been paired up already) but you can specify a preference to work with a certain individual – this will definitely be taken into consideration although there’s no guarantee.

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    Tolu AnneFebruary 3, 2014 - 4:32 pm


    The programme description mentions there are creative and digital roles, yet in the job roles section these aren’t covered or aren’t very clear. Is it possible you could give a few examples as this this sector I’m interested in.

    Thank you

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      HelenFebruary 4, 2014 - 11:40 am

      Hi Tolu,

      Creative roles are split into copywriters and art directors. These are covered in the job roles.

      Digital roles can include PPC executive, SEO executive, digital creatives, digital account handlers etc. All these are also covered in the job roles. This is just intended as an implication that you would be interested in working in a digital agency.

      Hope this helps.

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    HarrietFebruary 17, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Dear Helen,

    Is it possible to apply for this placement if you are in your penultimate year at university?


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      HelenFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:46 pm

      Hi Harriet,

      AdAcademy is only for final year students, but AdSchool is for penultimate year students so you can definitely apply for that!

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    NatashaFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Hi Helen,

    I’m definitely going to apply to AdAcademy but I was just wondering if there is an interview as part of the process? (providing our online application is successful that is!)

    Thank you,


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      HelenFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:44 pm

      Hi Natasha – yes there will be a ‘speed-interview’ day should you get through the first round of judging!

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    NatashaFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Thank you! I’ll give it my best shot!

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    Riddhi KachhelaMarch 23, 2014 - 9:58 pm


    I am a Producing Film and TV MA student from Bournemouth University Media School. Since I am an international student from India with a Tier 4 Student Visa, I can work only upto 20 hours per week as per UK regulations. Is that acceptable to the program?


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      HelenMarch 24, 2014 - 5:15 pm

      Hi Riddhi,

      You’d need to have the appropriate visa to work full-time hours as this is a paid internship where the agency will expect you to be available for the working week.

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    Tolu AnneMarch 26, 2014 - 11:44 pm

    Just to confirm…
    Are the diagonal thinking certificate and the deceleration form supposed to be within the cv file?

    Having a bit of confusion as to where I should upload these files


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      HelenMarch 27, 2014 - 10:15 am

      Hi Tolu Anna,

      Not within the same file – you can upload them all as individual documents.

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    Lee LuongMarch 28, 2014 - 4:12 pm


    Hi Helen,
    I found out about this internship opportunities on TargetJob website. However, the application deadline stated on TargetJobs is April 4. Is this possible to apply by that deadline?

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      HelenMarch 31, 2014 - 2:44 pm

      Hi Lee,

      The deadline has been extended to April 7th at 5:30pm.

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    Tolu AnneMarch 28, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Thank you

    Sorry for all the questions! But I cant seem to find where i can upload these files

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      HelenMarch 31, 2014 - 2:43 pm


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    Toby CMarch 30, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Would you consider people who graduated quite a few years ago but would really like to change careers and move into advertising?


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      HelenMarch 31, 2014 - 2:43 pm


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    Toby CMarch 31, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Hi again Helen,

    I take it the closing date is 7th April as stated under the ‘Apply Here’ link, not 28th March as stated above?



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      HelenMarch 31, 2014 - 2:43 pm

      Yes, Toby.

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    Toby CMarch 31, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you! :-)

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