Internship: Brand Strategist

New York, United States Full-time


Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask?  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.



We get it, our parents wanted us to become doctors too. But do you know how many medical schools are equipped with foosball tables? Zero, we looked. And while a PhD is great, getting a Master’s Degree is just as good (if not better), especially if it’s from the Mek Masters Program*. Here, you’ll learn all about storytelling in emerging media. You’ll work on real projects for real clients. Big ones. You’ll also learn how to be fearless and pitch big ideas, how to collaborate and how to put all those .gifs you’ve collected over the years to good use in all agency emails, all in a friendly, innovative environment. AND, you’ll be paid, so there’s no need to take out a loan. Yeah, pretty sure you don’t get all of that in medical school. Or maybe you do. We don’t know, we never went.

*Not a real Master’s Program, but definitely a real internship at a real advertising agency called Mekanism.



Strategy is about understanding: understanding our clients’ business problems, and more importantly, understanding the people they’ll need to wow in order to solve them. From there, the job is simple—put Mekanism’s award-winning creative machine to work and grow some brands.

A strategist’s most valuable asset is their unique perspective. And that can come from any number of experiences/education/expertise. But there are some basic prerequisites:

  • Research: ability to quickly get smart on a topic using a wide range of sources
  • Writing: ability to sharply define and clearly articulate a point of view
  • Number-literate: ability to translate numbers/charts into insights/decisions
  • People-literate: interest in cultural trends, art, music, love, twitter beers, etc.

As a Mek Master strategy intern you’ll...

  • Support the strategy department on a range of assignments for existing accounts
  • Conduct research into category, cultural, or human truths for new business pitches
  • Develop proactive POV’s on trends in culture



June 3rd - August 30th

Full-time, Monday - Friday, minimum of 40 hours/week.



A crash course in soul and science of storytelling


Some Mek swag

An appreciation for lovely chandeliers


Applications will be accepted April 8th-26th

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