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Sophie Zhou

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Sophie Zhou


Economics Major, Visual Communication Self-Designed Minor

Xi’an, China

This summer, Sophie was a human resources intern at Ogilvy & Mather,
a global advertising, marketing, and public relation agency, in Shanghai, China.
Throughout the summer, she helped recruit other interns, develop staff training
material, and manage the social media presence of HR Ogilvy Shanghai.

Can you cite an example of how your in-classroom and/or out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox benefited you in the internship?
I was in the ACM Chicago program, a Knox affiliated program. During the program, I did an internship and took several business courses. In these business courses, we visited various companies in Chicago, including Groupon. These experiences prepared me for a professional life. Moreover, I took Graphic Design I & II with Professor Christie Cirone. Having some background knowledge in graphic design really helped me quickly adapt to the atmosphere of an advertising agency.

How did you learn about this opportunity?
I found this internship on my own, but I did get great help from Knox faculty and staff including Terrie Saline and John Haslem. They helped me with my resume and the online application. And the directors of the ACM program gave me plenty of insightful advice on job hunting and interviews. And all of them were really encouraging. Without them, I wouldn't be able to seize this opportunity.

How do you think this internship will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?
Following this internship, I declared my self-designed minor in visual communication -- with the help from professors Mike Godsil, Christie Cirone, and Carol Scotton -- and decided to pursue my future career in the advertising industry. I also co-founded folio, Knox's visual arts magazine, worked for the Knox PR office as a photographer, did a marketing internship, and studied abroad in the UK. I had been trying to find my potential and my interests, and this internship helped me put my past experiences together.