- For Matt Pennington, it's heady stuff for a young man from
Saint David, Maine, to get an opportunity to chase his career
dreams in New York City.
recently earned a spot in the prestigious Vance Stickell Memorial
Student Internship Program, sponsored by the American Advertising
Federation, and is one of nine students selected from across
the country for the program. The program has secured him an
internship this summer at Bozell in New York City, one of
the world's largest advertising agencies.
so excited by this opportunity," said Pennington, who
serves as president of the Southern Miss chapter of the AAF.
"I'm just from a little town in northern Maine, and now
I'm going to New York City."
will participate in a variety of activities related to the
agency's client services. He believes the experience will
be invaluable after he graduates.
really interested in the aspect of working with the client
and building relationships," he said.
was established in 1989 in honor of the late Vance L. Stickell,
former executive vice president of marketing for the Los Angeles
Times. During his 39-year career in advertising, Stickell
established himself nationally as an advertising practitioner.
The internship program commemorates his contributions to the
industry, and is intended to raise the awareness and understanding
of advertising processes and business ethics among future
adviser Dr. Johan Yssel, a Southern Miss associate
professor of mass communication and journalism said
the internship is a great honor for Pennington and the school.
is big," Yssel said. "It's a reflection on Matt,
our program, the school and the state.
a great honor and he's very deserving."
said Bozell is the sixth-largest advertising agency in the
to his work as president of the AAF chapter on campus, Pennington
also is a member of Order of Omega, Southern Style and Campus
Crusade for Christ. He has a 3.95 grade-point average.
addition to being a prominent scholar, Matt's also one of
our top campus leaders," said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president
for student affairs at Southern Miss. "He's distinguished
himself and the university, and this honor is a credit to
Matt and his faculty."
is quick to deflect any praise on himself, choosing to focus
on the attention the award brings to Southern Miss.
think it really puts us on the map," he said. "It
helps us get some national recognition. Just that in itself
is worth the honor."