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Beta: the eightytwenty Internship Programme



April 12, 2017

eightytwenty are very proud of our intern programme Beta, which has been running now for a number of years. It gives those looking for a leg up in the industry a great opportunity to see how an agency works, and also an inside knowledge of how agencies such as ours have responded to the monumental shift in consumer behaviour towards digital.

We have a policy of considering high-performing interns for permanent roles that arise within the agency, and our interns also have a high success rate in finding subsequent work in the digital or advertising space.

If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to join our intern programme have a read of our intern diaries, or check out some of our former interns below who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about their experience with us (via LinkedIn).


Ciara Maguire
Senior Account Executive – eightytwenty

Ciara started as in intern in 2013 and quickly showed maturity beyond her years, along the way gaining massive praise from colleagues and clients alike. After a few months internship it was obvious how much of a keeper Ciara was, and she was appointed Account Executive.


David Peter O’Keefe
Copywriter – eightytwenty

DP joined the studio as a copywriter intern in Jan’ 2014 having spent a few years working in the dark side as a “suit” in a number of Dublin agencies. After a very brief time it was obvious the right side of his brain was winning out, and he became a full time copywriter.

(Note: We have no idea if his LinkedIn profile pic is actually him or not)


Oliver Skehan
Digital Coordinator at Pieta House

Oliver joined the eightytwenty internship programme as part of the social media team in early 2013. Although already having some great experience under his belt, the role gave Ollie an agency side perspective of digital briefs and big brand social media strategy, planning & execution. Ollie now brings all of this experience to the fore working for the brilliant Pieta House.


Paul Molloy
Digital Art Director – Target McConnells

Paul interned with the studio team in 2012 where he learned an appreciation for the agency creative process and advanced his digital design skillsets. Although Paul learned a lot from the agency, the agency also learned a lot from him including his trademark Cruyff Turn on the 5 a side pitch.


Clara Kelleher
Project Director & Agency Operations – eightytwenty

Clara started her advertising career as an intern with eightytwenty back in 1963 and hasn’t looked back since, moving from exec to AM to senior AM. Aside from her legendary client services skills, Clara is also well known as being a core member of the team who are bringing the One Young World event to Dublin later this year.


Clodagh Hynes
Senior (Digital) Account Manager – Target McConnells

Clodagh joined eightytwenty as a Client Services intern in January 2013 in a career move, swapping the real estate sector for Madison Avenue (or Lower Leeson Street as it’s known locally). Clodagh quickly established herself as a key member of the team and progressed to Account Exec in no time. Unfortunately her astuteness, hard work and great all round skills made her a target for other agencies and she was taken from us by the good people in Target McConnells earlier this year (We will get her back!).


Katie Dunne
Account Manager – Epsilon

Katie joined the social media team as an intern in June 2012 fresh out of college. Like a fish to water, Katie provided support for Luke and the social team, establishing herself as one to watch. Following completion of her internship Katie moved to Publicis D as an Account Executive before joining Acorn Marketing as a Senior Account Executive in February 2014.


Claire Campbell
Account Manager at Publicis D

A graduate of the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Claire joined the intern programme in 2012 and gained considerable experience working on one of Ireland’s leading alcohol brands. After a number of months interning, she was snapped up by Refresh Digital as an Account Executive.


Mark Ennis
Social Media Manager – eightytwenty

Mark joined the Discovery Team (our very first) as a social media and analytics intern in Summer 2013. After success with Twitter and Facebook research projects, among others, he returned to college to finish his course in Dublin Business School. Although he toyed with the idea of a year living in a shoebox size apartment in New York whilst working on Madison Avenue, the attraction of eightytwenty was too much with Mark returning as Agency Producer in July 2014 and is currently Social Media Manager.







April 12, 2017


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