Throughout AAF Greenville’s history, we have always been concerned with identifying effective ways to educate our community. Our club executes this priority with programs and initiatives that target three areas of concentration: students, general public and advertising professionals. For students, we offer an internship program that requires the committee to distribute information to upstate colleges, solicit applications, interview candidates, coordinate hosts for the internship and facilitate the eight-week internship. For the general public, we focus our efforts on our annual public service project and our participation in the Local Advertising Review Program (LARP).
To foster professional education opportunities for club members; provide leadership and learning opportunities for students; and educate the general public about the advertising industry.
Creative Fuel Student Series
The Creative Fuel Student Series was designed by AAFGVL to educate students in the area about local agencies and the great creative that is produced right here in Upstate South Carolina. It provides students with access to industry professionals and an insider’s look at the agencies around town.
The Bill Leslie Internship
Named for The Leslie Agency’s founder, Bill Leslie, this program awards $1,000 to the winning student after he/she completes an 8-10 week summer internship with a Greenville area advertising-related business.
Criteria for applying:
- Rising college senior
- Majoring in one of the following areas: Advertising, English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Media Arts/Production, Graphic Arts/Design
- Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
The AAF Bill Leslie Internship program was an irreplaceable experience, I could not have asked to have been placed in a better agency. The experience and knowledge that I gained was so rewarding, I would encourage anyone to do this that has the opportunity!
Haley Seaborn, 2010 Bill Leslie Intern
AAFGVL Minority High School Internship Program
This program offers a minority high school student the opportunity to gain insightful experience and establish contacts within the advertising industry. The selected student participates in a two-week summer internship program that places them in various host organizations throughout the area. They are also rewarded with a $500 scholarship towards post-secondary education and are eligible for a chance at a $1,000 college scholarship from AAF District Three, which represents clubs of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. An AAF Greenville student has been selected for this additional scholarship in three of the past six years.
Criteria for applying:
- Rising high school juniors or seniors, or rising college freshmen
- A completed application
- A typed 150-word essay on the topic, “Why a career in advertising interests me”
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
- An official transcript with class rank
- Signed parental consent form with medical release
Learn more about the Minority High School Internship Program here.