akshara-kulkarni2.jpg
 

AKSHARA KULKARNI

The BrandLab Intern 2015,
Tunheim

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
LEVEL

This was a great experience because I got to learn how to brand myself. I got to make my own business card, an ad campaign about a well-known brand, and a website to put all my work on for when I start freelancing. Which will be this year! I also learned that graphic design isn't just about creating logos and newspaper ads, it is about problem solving and working in collaboration with clients and customers.
 
 
 

ANDREA KUENSTER

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Deluxe

Being an intern with The BrandLab has been an incredible experience. Getting placed at a real-life internship right out of high school, attending networking events, listening to professional speakers in the industry, and learning to fine tune my personal assets are just a few of the opportunities that I would never have had otherwise. The staff and volunteers went above and beyond each and every day to give all of us the best possible experience. Everyone is enthusiastic and genuinely caring, and the other interns have been a blessing to get to know! I could truly not ask for a more positive internship experience and this is something that I'll never forget.
 
 
 

CIASHIA SHIONGYAI

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Hanley Wood Marketing

My experience with The BrandLab has been a tremendous adventure. The constant positive energy, encouragement, optimism and confidence boost from the staff has been overwhelmingly phenomenal. They are a huge support system and provided me with supervisors, mentors and coaches. As an intern, I’ve gained many connections but more importantly, I made great friends. The BrandLab creates a safety net where everyone is allowed to be personable and vulnerable.
 
 
eboni-washington3.jpg
 

EBONI WASHINGTON

The BrandLab Intern 2014,
Carmichael Lynch

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
KNOCK, inc.

Being with the BrandLab has been a great experience for me. I learned about how to communicate better with people I work with and have gotten real world experience of what it is like in a professional office. I got to go on photo shoots for food and apparel and see the process of how the photographer gets the perfect photo. I also learned that you have to enjoy yourself at work and in life.
 
 
 

FATUMA ADEN

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
InHouse

(hired by Minneapolis Institute of Art, funded by Best Buy, hosted by Clockwork)

Before The BrandLab I was a quiet and shy person, every time I tried to talk my tongue would just stick to my mouth and stop talking. From the first day that I started working with The BrandLab, I learned the importance of being fearless and curious with everything I do. I learned the importance of having the confidence to introduce myself in order to leave an impression on people’s minds. Now the same shy and quiet person is here feeling comfortable and prepared for being professional. So the big shoutout goes to The BrandLab for giving me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills so I can be a successful person. Thanks for making me believe in myself. What The BrandLab did for me will always have a special place in my heart and it will impact my success in the future.
 
 
 
arrows-2.gif

FRED WILLIAMS

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Yamamoto

When I think of The BrandLab I think of a newly paved road. It's something that can get me off the path that's already been walked so many times by people before me, and can help me go down a new road to an industry that's always changing.
 
 
 

LAO SUE HANG

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Mirum

Many people brag about getting an amazing opportunity. For me that opportunity was getting to be with The BrandLab. Their amazing support that they gave us helped me learn more about myself and also helped me grow as a person.
 
 
 
arrows-2.gif

LARRY LOPEZ

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Weber Shandwick

I don't know what I would be doing right now if it weren't for The BrandLab. I was exposed to so many different and unique people from different parts of the industry who showed me so much. I learned things from who does what in an agency to what goes behind every ad and what they want people to feel. I’ve learned how to manage my time more and let me tell you that as a 17 year old that it is very helpful! Two of the biggest things I will take from this experience is being able to use LinkedIn (thank you, Kenny!), and all of the people I have met and will never forget.
 
 
lydia-xiong2.jpg
 

LYDIA XIONG

The BrandLab Intern 2015,
Colle+McVoy

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Land O'Lakes, Inc.

The way that I see it, The BrandLab creates equity within the marketing industry, giving minorities from diverse backgrounds the opportunities that they are not aware of or do not have the tools to acquire. In addition, they develop talent within young people so that it can be harnessed to create something great.

Thanks to The BrandLab, I have come to realize that it is okay to be unapologetically fierce when it comes to my career. The staff have consistently challenged me to try new workplace strategies, to work in various environments, and to play different kinds of leadership roles. Working with The BrandLab has helped me to create a stronger personal brand and develop work skills that I can use and continue to foster throughout my career.
 
 
 

MARYAN GARANE

The BrandLab Intern 2013,
Target

The BrandLab Intern 2014,
Twin Cities Public Television

The BrandLab Connect Intern 2016,
Target

This isn’t just an organization, we’re a tight knit family. I was first introduced to The BrandLab during my senior year of high school in 2012. Since then, I discovered who I am, what I want to do, and who I want to become. The BrandLab has given me the opportunity to find my passion and the staff has encouraged me to dream big. I would of not have been where I am today, if it wasn’t for The BrandLab introducing me to marketing.
 
 
 

MICHEL HERR

The BrandLab Intern 2014,
mono

The BrandLab Connect Intern 2016,
General Mills

To be awarded an internship right out of high school was an awesome opportunity that I was able to receive through The BrandLab. The experiences of working as an intern with companies in the industry were eye opening in a great way!


Because of The Brandlab, I've got my foot in the door of the marketing industry. The program allowed me to build strong connections with employers through its super cool mentorship program, speed networking events, and especially through internships. Being a part of The Brandlab is what sets me apart from my classmates, peers and friends.
 
 
 

MOHAMED MALIM

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Olson

The Brandlab helped me grow professionally in the marketing industry and opened a lot of doors for me. I’m absolutely grateful for the experiences. Without The Brandlab, I wouldn’t have experienced the amazing things I'm experiencing right now.
 
 
 

PAOLA POPOCA

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Mall of America

The BrandLab has opened my eyes to the inequalities in marketing and advertising. However, it has also inspired me to make a change. I have met many wonderful people whom I share the same dream with, of making a more diverse and inclusive business industry.
 
 
 

SHADEED COLE

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
InHouse

(hired by Minneapolis Institute of Art, funded by Best Buy, hosted by Clockwork)

The BrandLab helped create one of the best summers for me, I went in not knowing that I would experience as much fun that I have, only thinking that it would be a long summer of hard work. But it was more than just work, it was more like an adventure being guided by encouraging professionals. I feel like I have grown a lot as a person during the weeks of my internship. Learning to be a creative, hardworking and fun person. For me having The BrandLab as a first job is surprising and is somewhat awe-inspiring. I only wish that I could have spent more time with all of the professionals that I have had the chance to meet.
 
 
 

STEFFANEE JAGDEO

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Dairy Queen

The BrandLab opened my eyes to the vast majority of options available for me in the marketing and advertising world. I never knew what I wanted to study in college, or what I wanted to pursue as a career but The BrandLab changed that. I’ve learned so many things from the classroom program, summer institute, and of course my incredible experience at my internship. The BrandLab staff truly cares about every single one of the interns and they strive to make our experiences great ones. Thank you, for providing amazing opportunities for students like me.
 
 
 

URSULA JIMENEZ

The BrandLab Intern 2016,
Carmichael Lynch

The BrandLab has truly changed my life for the better. When I started taking a marketing class at my high school, I had no clue it was going to become something I would be so passionate about. The BrandLab has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people that I have befriended over the summer. I have also met so many professionals that were willing to help me at any cost. This experience has made me realize that my voice is needed to represent those who look like me and have the same background. Truly this has been a life-changing experience.