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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 is a group of six young creatives selected to take part in Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam’s apprenticeship program. the program is designed for creatives of all disciplines who join WK for a period of 7 months, where they will learn to concept and produce real work for real clients.

Check out our work from previous classes:

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013 - coming soon!

Class of 2014 - 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 and a unique creative vision and can speak decent english.

Applications will be accepted until Friday March the 13th, 2015!

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 2015. Previous advertising experience is not necessary.

If you are selected as one of the 6 participants, it’s time to pack your bags and move to Amsterdam. Wieden+Kennedy will cover the expenses for your travel, provide accommodation for 7 months and a minimum-wage salary.

Additionally, the participants will have a designated space in the office, will be provided with computers and software and will be granted access to Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam ’s facilities (recording spaces, kitchen, gym, art studio, fruits, veggies, garden and loads of coffee).

The Kennedys work as a separate group within the agency on real assignments with real deadlines. Dedicated mentors will be assigned to oversee the group’s work, answer questions, help brainstorm ideas and encourage success. Participants will 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 be 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 and you will learn a lot.

Please answer several of the below questions/thought starters. Show us your skills, be creative, surprise us.

  1. How are you?
  2. What do you care about? What moves you? What makes you happy?
  3. You choke on a peanut and die. Write your own eulogy.
  4. You wake up in a room with a dolphin, a half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a man named Gustavo. What happened?
  5. What is the coolest place on the internet?
  6. Make a silent movie that is incredibly loud.
  7. What is a piece of technology that should have been invented years ago?
  8. Is technology ruining our children’s imagination or enriching it? Yes or no and please explain your answer.
  9. Help us convince Chris Taylor to return to Amsterdam, he is currently in our Portland office. You can reach him at
  10. Stoner Question: Would you sacrifice your conscious existence so mind-controlling robots could use your body to save the world? Explain your answer.

Please include your answers, your CV and several work samples in a single PDF (less than 10 MB) by March 13th, 2015. Please embed or use external links within the PDF document for video or animations.

Click on the image to the right to apply! If you still have questions please email us at thekennedys[at], we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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