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IMC student prepares to visit Medill alums at Google, CBS Marketing in New York

Joe Woodard (IMC14) traveled to New York on May 15-16 to network with marketing and communications alumni on a trip organized by the IMC program. On the two-day “IMC@NYC” tour, students attended the Medill Club of New York happy hour, a networking breakfast and 10 company visits hosted by alumni, including Google, CBS Marketing, Condé Nast, The New York Times, R/GA, JWT Worldwide, CASE Design, Now What, McCann Worldgroup and Publicis Kaplan Thaler. Students also received a $300 scholarship from the dean to help subsidize travel costs. We spoke to Woodard before the trip began about his hopes to land a job in the city after graduation in December.

Why did you choose to attend the “IMC@NYC” trip?

As I look for jobs in New York after graduation, I thought what better way to explore my opportunities than by attending networking events and visiting powerful companies that already understand the value of the Medill name? This is a great chance to have one-on-ones with employers and see if these companies would be a good fit for me.

What companies will you visit and what are you hoping to learn from them?

I will visit CBS Marketing and Google, and hope to get a sense of what it would be like to work for such large companies in Manhattan. I’m looking to see if either company has jobs available in marketing analytics – that’s my concentration in IMC. I did prepare a bit for the visits with online research, but can’t wait to learn even more from the alums who are hosting our tours. 

Why are you considering New York for life after Medill?

New York is full of opportunities, and I have friends here that make transitioning to the city appealing. I will consider all job offers for best fit whether they’re in New York or not. However, with so many Medill alumni here, I am hoping this trip will help connect me with potential employers and build some job leads.

Woodard will recount his experience from the trip in an upcoming issue of the Medill Magazine.