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WELCOME TO THE MARTIN AGENCY KITCHEN

 

Take overachieving prodigies from the worlds of art, copy, code, management and strategy; then put them to work for a real client with real production possibilities and you get The Martin Agency Kitchen.

For three months, you'll be mentored by the people who make The Martin Agency one of the world’s best. This is the agency that’s created work like “The World’s Biggest Asshole” for Donate Life, OREO’s “Wonderfilled,” Emmy-winning “Clouds Over Cuba,” along with GEICO’s award-winning “It’s What You Do” and “Unskippable” campaigns. But you knew that, right?

This extremely competitive program attracts the best young talent from all over the world. So whether you're finishing up school, are a graduate or are between professions and looking to explore new opportunities, apply now.

The Summer 2017 Kitchen: June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017

Applications are due on March 3, 2017.

You should hear by March 17, 2017

 
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Being surrounded by and mentored by such brilliant people inspired me to work as hard as I could so I could make it back here as a full-time planner to learn and grow in the hopes of being half as great as they are.

Cecelia Parrish — Kitchen 2014 — Strategic Planner at The Martin Agency

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Being surrounded by and mentored by such brilliant people inspired me to work as hard as I could so I could make it back here as a full-time planner to learn and grow in the hopes of being half as great as they are.

Cecelia Parrish — Kitchen 2014 — Strategic Planner at The Martin Agency

SOME FAQs

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Nothing. In fact, we pay you!

I’M A STUDENT. CAN I GET COURSE CREDIT?

Most likely. We have relationships with many of the top schools, so ask whoever is in charge at yours.  

DO I GOTTA STAY FOR THE FULL THREE MONTHS?

First, bad grammar. Second, if you’re accepted but you can't stay the whole time, we can try to work something out.

WHAT ABOUT HOUSING? 

You'll have to find that and pay for it yourself. But since this a college town, it's pretty easy to find sublets and other short-term living situations. We can help point you in the right direction. 

TRANSPORTATION?

On your own there, too. Richmond has a bus system and we have parking options available near the agency, plus bike parking right at the agency.

IS RICHMOND ONE OF THE COOLEST CITIES IN THE WORLD WITH A VIBRANT ART, MUSIC AND FOOD SCENE?

Yup. 

DO I NEED TO BE A STUDENT?

Nope, we've had a lot of awesome people with more experience apply. If you want to make amazing work, we want you. 

WHEN IS IT?

June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE AND WHEN DO I HEAR BACK?

Applications are due on March 3, 2017.

You should hear by March 17, 2017.

WHAT IF I NEED TO KNOW MORE?

We'd love to hear from you. Email marty.ritter@martinagency.com. 

If you need to talk to a real person, call Marty at 804.698.8428.

 

 
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My time in The Kitchen helped me identify what skills needed sharpening. Not only was I able to work on remarkable local and national cause-based projects, but I also had the opportunity to be a part of the planning process on several A-list brands.

Luke Divita — Kitchen 2015 — Social Insights Specialist at The Martin Agency

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My time in The Kitchen helped me identify what skills needed sharpening. Not only was I able to work on remarkable local and national cause-based projects, but I also had the opportunity to be a part of the planning process on several A-list brands.

Luke Divita — Kitchen 2015 — Social Insights Specialist at The Martin Agency

THIS IS THE TEAM WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER

 

Regardless of discipline, your main job at The Martin Agency Kitchen will be to reflect “now.” That means delivering new, culturally relevant perspectives and ideas that none of the big shots currently working here would come close to considering. You should simultaneously excite us and make us nervous that you’re coming for our jobs.

Art Director

Not only can you come up with attention-grabbing concepts, but you can bring them to life visually with top-notch design. Your work looks award-winning, but the ideas, strategy and insights behind them are even more praiseworthy. You make your writing partner’s words look even better and give experience designers a visual edge.

Copywriter  

You can come up with killer concepts and then bring them to life with great writing on everything from T-shirts to tweets to heart-stirring manifestos. While your words are highly crafted, the ideas, strategy and insights behind them are what really stand out. You take your art director’s visuals to another level and help experience designers find the words to make their vision visionary.

Experience Designer

As an experience designer, you love tackling the tough problems. You are a storyteller with empathy for your audience. You thrive when collaborating with a team to turn concepts and ideas into products and experiences that people love. Your toolkit is scrappy and varied, from sketching to making usable prototypes.

Project Manager

You can juggle a bajillion balls at once and make sure everyone else on your team is getting their juggling done as well. You are self-motivated yet collaborative with exceptional time management, communication and problem-solving skills. You'll not only manage your fellow Kitcheners, but all of the Kitchen projects, final deliverables and deadlines.  

Cultural Strategist

You’re a maker, thinker, investigator and storyteller. You’re curious about people, culture and brands, and crafty about how you bring what you learn to life. You’re no stranger to a killer Keynote presentation, get down and dirty to cut videos, and can make whatever you need to get the best creative product out of your team.

Account Leader

You’re a fast-learning jack-of-all-trades with a broad background. In this role, you’ll quickly become an expert in your client’s business. You’ll think through business solutions, field feedback and collaborate with everyone from strategy to creative to production. As the leader of the account you’ll need to know how to support and leverage everyone’s unique skills to help the whole team deliver.

 
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I worked amidst some of the most creative people in the world. I used to follow their work, even before I met them or knew who they were. And then I finally met them. Super motivating.

Rushil Nadkarni — Kitchen 2015 — Art Director at The Martin Agency

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I worked amidst some of the most creative people in the world. I used to follow their work, even before I met them or knew who they were. And then I finally met them. Super motivating.

Rushil Nadkarni — Kitchen 2015 — Art Director at The Martin Agency

APPLICATION

Heads up. In addition to the typical application stuff that you’ll fill out below, you will play the role of superhero, defeater of evil. 

Or, in this case, defeater of advertising’s most terrifying arch villain, “Captain Complacency.” He’s perfectly happy with the way things are. He aims to spread status quo while resting on his laurels. And while he has achieved the rank of captain, he never rocks the boat. It is up to you and you alone to defeat Captain Complacency. 

 

ART DIRECTORS: Show us some artwork for the superhero you believe can defeat Captain Complacency. What tools does he or she need? What are his or her super powers?

COPYWRITERS: Write about the superhero you think can defeat Captain Complacency. Where did they come from? Who else have they defeated? Include an account of their epic battle with Captain Complacency if you like.

EXPERIENCE DESIGNER: Imagine a superhero with multi-pronged methods and opportunities to change Captain Complacency's behavior. Illustrate a day in the life of Captain Complacency on his path towards defeat OR Imagine a product or tool that would vanquish complacency, once and for all. Show how it works.

PROJECT MANAGER: Write an email to your team members charting out a plan of action to defeat Captain Complacency. Who do you need in your super squad to get the job done and what do they need to accomplish?

CULTURAL STRATEGIST: Write a brief showing your strategy for defeating Captain Complacency. What insight into this super menace led you to your plan for their ultimate defeat?

ACCOUNT LEADER: Craft an email to Captain Complacency himself and convince him, the way you’d convince a client, that a more forward-looking way of doing things is preferable.

If you have any questions about the application process, email kitchen@martinagency.com or call Marty at 804.698.8428

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The Kitchen gave me the opportunity to experience multiple roles in advertising and ultimately guided me to my current position in content production. And, I met some of the coolest, most talented people and would repeat the experience again and again. 

Rachel Acors — Kitchen 2014 — Junior Content Producer at The Martin Agency

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The Kitchen gave me the opportunity to experience multiple roles in advertising and ultimately guided me to my current position in content production. And, I met some of the coolest, most talented people and would repeat the experience again and again. 

Rachel Acors — Kitchen 2014 — Junior Content Producer at The Martin Agency