Why ‘The Kennedys’? Well, it’s an homage to the other great man whose name is on the door here. The one with the slightly shaggier beard. Art director, sculptor, philanthropist, and general thought tinkerer, David Kennedy forged one of the most amazing careers in advertising without giving a toss for the rules and conventions of the industry, driven solely by the pureness of an idea.
Since his retirement in 1993, David continues to frequent his messy little nook in the Portland office, wearing his well-worn 501’s, to scribble and scratch in his endless pursuit of creating something new.
The Kennedys are a small group of young creatives selected to take part in Wieden+Kennedy’s creative accelerator program. They can come from any creative discipline to live together for a period of 7 months, while learning to concept, develop and produce real work for real clients. And, after crushing it for five years in Amsterdam, we’re spreading our wings and opening in London as well.
Check out our work from previous classes:
Class of 2015 - coming soon!
We are looking for writers, photographers, artists, designers, filmmakers, animators, tech developers, game designers, doers, makers, thinkers, schemers and plotters with a personal voice, a unique creative vision and can speak decent english.
We will be in touch early to mid-april if you are one of our finalists.
The Kennedys is open to young talents with a European Union passport. We are looking for people who will be done with school by the time this program begins on June 1st 2017. Previous advertising experience is not necessary.
If you are selected, it’s time to pack your bags and move to Amsterdam or London. Wieden+Kennedy will cover the expenses for your travel, provide accommodation for 7 months and a minimum-wage salary (which works out pretty well with the free house).
Additionally, you will have a designated space in the office, be provided with a computer and software, and will be granted access to W+K’s facilities (recording spaces, kitchen, gym, art studio, screen printing area, fruit, garden and loads of coffee).
The Kennedys work as a separate group within the agency, on real assignments, with real deadlines. Dedicated mentors are assigned to oversee the group’s work, answer questions, help brainstorm ideas and encourage success. Participants refine their skills to create kick-ass campaigns in every medium, work as a team and master the complicated process of developing effective creative work for clients.
It will not be easy, we will ask a lot from you and you will work very hard. But it will be fun, a lot of fun. You will learn a lot.
But we'll be accepting applications soon. The 2017 Amsterdam Kennedys program will have the following schedule:
+ Questions will be posted mid-April to early May.
+ Applications will be accepted from the date the questions are posted until June 1st.
+ Applications will be reviewed from the date submitted until late July with the final Kennedys being selected by July 31st.
+ The Amsterdam program will start Sept 1, 2017 and run for 7-8 months.
Please stay tuned to our social channels in the coming months for additional information on applying. We'll also update you on other Kennedys programs around the network in the near future.
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