Each summer President and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin McNulty has a special tradition where he takes the interns to John’s Pizza in Soho—widely considered the best pizza in New York. Kevin believes it’s important to create personal relationships with the interns and that every non-New Yorker could use a slice—fine, a few slices—of authentic NY pizza. And for us college students still in school and not yet in the advertising industry, we relished casually sitting around a table with Kevin and Momentum’s Chief Talent Officer, Jen Frieman, talking about the industry and a whole slew of other topics.
“The minute we walked in Kevin’s office, there was a friendly and welcoming feel. He knew every single one of our names and something about us personally,” said Dara Zeltt. “Kevin hadn’t met any of us in person, but knew each of our names and a little bit of our story. He seemed excited to learn more about each of us as we headed off for lunch.”
At the restaurant, we sat down at a long table, all of us intermixed. Ten large pies were ordered and as Caroline McCarthy noted, “everyone was so comfortable with each other. There didn’t seem to be a ‘power’ difference, even though we were sitting and eating with the CMO and CTO of the company. We were just all fellow co-workers out to lunch, enjoying some of New York’s best pizza!”
Toasting the continuation of this summer tradition and our future careers, Michela Hendell took special notice when “Kevin told us that, ‘It doesn’t matter what we end up doing with our careers, whether it be marketing or wherever life takes us, it matters that we all started at Momentum together.’ That really resonated with me.”
Hanna Beattie got the chance to sit next to Amanda McKean, a former summer intern who now is an account executive working with the American Express team, and was really grateful for her insight as a previous Momentum intern, current Momentum employee. “It was really cool to talk to someone who experienced the Momentum internship a few years ago, was in the exact same shoes as me, and now works here full time. One thing I learned from her was the importance of keeping in touch with the people you work with and the direct effect that can have on finding job opportunities further down the road!”
Coming into an internship, you never really know what to expect. If you asked me in June if I thought I would drink coffee with the CEO and eat pizza with the CMO and CTO, I would have told you that you’re crazy. And now here I am. The most eye-opening thing about Momentum has hands-down been the openness of the people. From my fellow interns, to my manager and my mentor, to the agency executives, every person I’ve interacted with at Momentum has made me feel just like any other full-time employee. We may be interns but we’ve been welcomed and fully integrated into the life and culture of the office.
Arielle Lawlor is spending her summer in the NYC office with the Marketing Communications team. She is a rising junior at the University of Michigan.