Marietta College junior receives coveted Stickell Internship Award

Marietta student Mandee Young

Following an eye-opening internship in New York City last summer, Mandee Young ’18 (Poca, West Virginia) had lowered her expectations a bit for this summer.

That all changed when she learned earlier this month that she was one of 20 students to receive a Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship.

“Even after receiving my offer letter, I’m still in a bit of a state of shock,” Young said. “I considered myself beyond lucky to have had the opportunity to intern with Mediavest | Spark last summer in New York City, so I doubted I’d be able to top that experience this year.”

Now she is headed to California for another amazing internship experience.

“I’m beyond excited to get the chance to take all that I’ve learned while at Marietta and in New York to sunny California as I work with Urban Decay,” Young said. “Being a part of the Stickell Internship Program is an amazing opportunity, and I owe the biggest thanks to my advisor, Lori Smith, for her tireless assistance and support throughout not only the application process but my entire academic career.”

The Stickell Internship Program, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, matches students interested in advertising careers with summer internship positions throughout the United States. Stickell interns are each paid a $4,000 salary and provided with an additional $1,500 stipend to cover living expenses.

Lori Smith, an Advertising instructor and adviser for Marietta’s AAF chapter, said this is the second student from the College to earn this honor since 2014. Charlee Ottersberg ’15 worked for the San Antonio (Texas) Express during the summer of 2014

“Fifty-two students were nominated as the best, most deserving individuals from their AAF student chapters,” Smith said. “Therefore, to be selected to receive one of these 20 positions is impressive.”

Young, who is majoring in Advertising & Public Relations, said she expects to work with Urban Decay’s in-house media team.

“I’ll be helping with the community management and developing and strengthening the brand voice as they shift and put more emphasis on social and digital advertising,” said Young, who is also a McDonough Scholar. “Content campaigns and native advertising will be worked on, and I may be able to help with campaigns focused on late summer/fall product launches.”

Urban Decay is a high performance cosmetics company that is created by “makeup junkies, for makeup junkies.”