Advertising graduate schemes

Summer 2013 came and went pretty quickly and before we knew it, ‘back to school, college, university’ signs were everywhere. So with the educational year upon us again, it means another host of advertising graduate schemes for 2014 are just around the corner. I’ve made a run down of some of the best advertising graduate schemes in the UK and when applications for them open.

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AMV Academy

Founded over 30 years ago and known for their work for Walkers, Maltesers and Guinness (to name just a few), AMV BBDO is one of the best agencies around.

AMV Academy recruits for three departments; Account Management, Account Planning and Project Management. Applications for their advertising graduate schemes don’t open until October 2014, but you can keep up to date in the mean time by checking out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

BBH Home Grown

Another prestigious agency is BBH. Founded in 1982, BBH have created some of the best advertising campaigns around, from Levi’s Laundrette and Flat Eric, to creating “The Lynx Effect” and the famed strapline “Vorsprung durch Technik” for Audi.

BBH’s Home Grown recruits for every possible department; Account Management, Planning, Strategy, Technology, Design and Creative. The application process involves an interview round, where if successful, applicants are invited for a work placement, which could last anywhere between two weeks to three months. Applicants who really make an impression at BBH will be considered for a full-time role.

Applications are now open and placements run quarterly; January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. Applications need to be sent in two months at the latest before your preferred date.


Known as a bit of an underdog to some, Grey has a list of impressive clients, From Hugo Boss, Arcadia and Seat, to Sony, Vondafone and Gillette.

Grey’s advertising graduate schemes are due to open later in September, recruiting for Account Management, so keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time you can keep updated by following them on Twitter.

IPA Ad School

Having only started in 2007, IPA’s Ad School is a very successful grad scheme. It consists of an eight week work placement, which sees applicants working at some of the best agencies; Grey, Leo Burnett, RAPP, OgilvyOne, WCRS and Karmarama to name but a few.

During these eight weeks, students will also work on brief in groups and then pitch their ideas at the end of their placement. Upon successful completion of the Ad School, students in Client Services, Planning or Creative will get a cash prize of £800, or £1500 if they worked in Search.

Applications don’t open until February 2014, but that gives you plenty of time to research and prepare – make sure you put the date in your diary.

JWT Project Management Scheme

Another to add to your list of advertising graduate schemes is JWT’s. Unfortunately, applications are currently closed, but they will open again early – mid 2014.

It’s a real hands on grad scheme, lasting approx 18 months, where you will rotate through various different areas of the business, gaining valuable project management skills. Definitely one to keep your eye on.

Karma Kadets

February is a busy month, with Karmarama’s Account Management scheme opening then too.

A fun, creative agency, Karmarama is certainly an agency that should be on everyone’s watch list. Known for their work for Costa, PlusNet and Bombardier, it’s safe to say they’re not your typical, traditional agency.

Applications open in February, but you can keep up to date by checking out their Facebook page.

Leo Burnett – The Foundry

Recruiting for Account Planners, Account Managers and Creatives, Leo Burnett’s advertising graduate schemes are one of the best, offering successful applicants the chance to own and run their very own agency; The Foundry. Teams get to work on live Leo Burnett briefs, as well as briefs from their own Foundry clients.

Applications open in October, with a start date of September 2014. You can keep up to date on the grad scheme by checking out their Facebook page.

M&C Saatchi

Another exciting advertising grad scheme, is M&C Saatchi’s; a ten week, hands on placement ending in a client pitch. To help you learn every step of the way, you will be working with a graduate who went through the process last year, a mentor and a Creative Team. M&C Saatchi will also put you through the IPA’s professional development scheme, starting you on the IPA Inspirational Foundations course.

Applications are now open and close November 1st.

Ogilvy Fellowship

There are more advertising graduate schemes to add to your busy 2014 list; Ogilvy Fellowship, recruiting for Account Management and Account Planning. The Account Management role consists of two years under Ogilvy’s wing, where you will go through give weeks of training, before undertaking a 1-year long placement at either Ogilvy & Mather, Ogilvy One, Ogilvy PR, Coley Porter Bell or Ogilvy Action. Your second year will consist of another 1-year long placement at a different agency from the list.

Ogilvy’s Account Planning role is also 2 years long and consists of 5 weeks training, followed by four 6-month placements at Ogilvy & Mather, Ogilvy One, Coley Porter Bell, Ogilvy Action or Ogilvy PR.

Applications are currently closed, but will re-open in early 2014. Check their Twitter or Facebook page for updates.

Saatchi & Saatchi Summer Scholarship

Saatchi’s Summer Scholarship is another fantastic opportunity which you should definitely consider. Six full on weeks of full-time working life at Saatchi & Saatchi over the summer. Recruiting for Account Managers and Planners, anyone can apply, no matter their background.

Applications are closed, however they will re-open again February – March next year, with the scholarship starting in summer 2014. You can stay up to date by keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

I hope you found this post useful, if you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment below or let me know on Twitter, thanks!