Sunday, 23 September 2012

Graduate Schemes 2012/13...

You, in about nine months time?

Hello all.

If you're thinking about getting a job in advertising, this post will hopefully be a helpful guide to this year's intake. Now, there are other schemes throughout the year, but the bulk of them happen between September and December. NB - the majority of these schemes are for account handlers and planners...most agencies have creative teams/lone creatives in on placements, which usually require a book/contacting the agency directly.

Also, I may have missed one or two. If I have, please tell me in the comments. Right then:

AMV: This has opened via their Facebook page (here). The main deadline's the 19th of October at 6pm - their twitter account appears to have died a death, so I'd join the group, if I was you.

BBH: BBH have no ‘formal’ graduate scheme running; they run BBH Homegrown (the link's here), which is a year round initiative.

BMB: BMB have yet to open any kind of scheme yet this year. Last year, they opened their scheme on the 1st of November, so it's worth keeping an eye on their twitter account to see whether it'll open this year.

CHI: CHI&Partners Graduate Scheme is now open. You can apply here.  Applications are open until 4th November 2012. Their twitter-stream should also help keep you informed.

Chime: The Chime group (which comprises of Ad Agencies - VCCP - design and PR) will open their scheme in November 2012. Keep an eye on this page.

Dare: Dare’s grad scheme has yet to re-open this year, but it looks like it's also going to open in October. Check this page out.  Again, their twitter page is a good place to look as any.

DAS Accelerate: The DAS scheme has just launched. It shuts on the 2nd of January 2012. You can find out more about it on the DAS link above, or go straight to the application page here. Alternatively, you cancheck out their twitter here.

DLKW Lowe : My old agency is has yet to open its graduate scheme, and I can't find any mention of it on their site. It's worth keeping an eye on their twitter account to see if anything is announced.

Elvis: Elvis have yet to announce this year's graduate scheme (I'm actually not clear if it's happening this year - can someone from Elvis confirm?). Last year's opened in the Autumn, so it's worth keeping an eye on - again, check their twitter-stream.

JWT London: JWT's graduate scheme is happening this year - find out more here. Applications shut on the 1st of November.

Leo Burnett: Another that's yet to open, the agency runs a mini agency called 'The Foundry' that provides the bulk of the training/experience on offer for new graduates. The Facebook page is what you should keep an eye on, as they've recently posted they're about to open. UPDATE - they're just about to open, and the applications close by the 31st of October.

M&C Saatchi: M&C's site indicates that they are going to be recruiting graduates this year, and the form's live on their separate grad recruitment page. I can't find a deadline, but be quick.

McCann: McCann have been quick out of the blocks this year - their site has been live since the 10th of September, and closes on the 28th of September. Not long. Check out the site here, as well as their twitter-stream here.

Ogilvy: Ogilvy's much lauded 'Fellowship' programme is yet to open for 2013's intake. However, the separate site is here - worth a read, as it explains neatly how to get into the business - there are some very good tips there. The twitter page is here.

RKCR/Y&R: Rainey's grad scheme is due to go live on the 1st of October. More can be found here. There's also separate Facebook and Twitter page/s.

WPP Fellowship: WPP's 'golden ticket', 3 year, multiple country and marketing discipline scheme isnow open. It shuts on the 8th of November at midday, GMT. The twitter account is here.

Good luck with all of these, guys. Again, let me know if I've missed any.


The Foundry said...

Hi Will/AdGrads,
Thanks for including The Foundry at Leo Burnett in your post. I can share a few more details with you now - applications are due to open within the next week, and will remain open until 31st October. We are hiring account handlers and planners to join a soon-to-be-recruited creative team, working in our grad-run agency from September 2013.
Please do check our Facebook page for up-to-date details, tips and chat as applications get under way.
The Foundr

Caroline said...

Hi Will/AdGrads,
CHI&Partners Graduate Scheme is now open for September 2013. You can apply via our website: and applications are open until 4th November 2012.

Will said...

Thank you both. I've updated accordingly. Thanks again.

Franky said...

Hi Will/AdGrads,

The RKCR/Y&R Trainee Scheme is now open, and we are holding an Open House night on the 24th. Here is all the info (NB if the hyperlinks aren't working then the email is

On Wednesday 24th October, RKCR/Y&R will be opening its doors for an Open House evening. All are welcome, for a chance to explore our agency, and meet the people who work here, first-hand. Throughout the evening there will an opportunity to speak to a variety of people, ranging from creative teams and senior management, to our current grads. By meeting the people who work here, you will get to know what our agency is all about, and if it is the right fit for you.

The Open House will not just be a showcase of our work (although you will get to see plenty of our ads for the likes of; Virgin Atlantic, Landrover, BBC and M&S), instead, it will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the advertising industry itself. We will talk you through the variety of roles, and the process, between a pencil drawing, and a digital campaign or 90 second TV ad. To book your place, simply send us a Tweet (#RKCRtrainee), or email, with you name.

For more information on the Open House, and to apply for our Graduate Trainee Scheme, visit:

We look forward to meeting you!

Anonymous said...

Why are all these schemes UK-based? I tried searching for American equivalents but they don't seem to exist the same way.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard from AMV or JWT re: interviews yet?