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DAD Summer Non-ternship

A non-ternship for students who want something better than the typical agency internship.

What is an advertising internship really like these days? Trust us, it ain't that glamorous. Getting people lunch, working on projects that feel like busy work, making little to no money, and then ultimately leaving without a full-time job and nothing learned from the whole experience. The reality is, agency employees are there to work – not to teach. So wouldn't you learn more this summer working at the country's best ad school?

Students admitted into this summer session spend 10 weeks taking 4 classes at Denver Ad School – for free . You'll get the agency experience, working directly with and learning from agency creative directors who actually want to teach and ideating on realistic spec briefs for real clients that could potentially add to your college portfolio.


You'll meet weekly and complete assignments in the following 4 classes:

Campaign Development
Practice your campaign creation skills by finding interesting and relevant human truths and turning those into creative, captivating big ideas

Learn the copywriting basics of how to write effective headlines that grab people's attention to sell a bigger idea.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Intro to the basics and intermediate design tools in two must-know Adobe Creative Suite programs.

Social Media
Plan, produce, create, and manage content for DAD's social media channels.


You can expect the following over the course of the 10 weeks:

  • A workload of 30-40hrs a week
  • Work with partners and work solo
  • Complete weekly assignments and attend 4 DAD classes
  • Document your entire experience each week on DAD social media platforms


This summer program is great for students who...

...don't have a summer agency internship.

...Want to actually spend their summer learning instead of just getting your boss lunch.

...Want to work on big brand briefs and more that might supplement their college portfolio.

...Want to "try out" portfolio school before applying in the fall.



  • Must be a college junior or senior, or have graduated within the last 3 years
  • Major in advertising or something related
  • Must be available for 30-40hrs a week for classes, meeting, and individual work