“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
Meredith Magee’s dream was to one day work for Disney. That dream was realized during her junior year when she earned an internship with Disney’s Yellow Shoes, the company’s in-house advertising agency. Now, the advertising graduate is headed back to Orlando, Florida, this time to complete a stint as a client services intern for Disney Institute.
Magee gained valuable skills through various on-campus internships and hands-on learning opportunities, including through Lindsey + Asp, Gaylord College’s student-run advertising and public relations agency, and in marketing and communications student roles first in OU Housing and Food and later in Gaylord. She also landed an outside internship at AMP Agency in New York City.
At OU, Magee found a “family community” from the moment she stepped foot on campus. This community included a couple of senior students who took her under their wings the moment she stepped on campus and made sure she felt welcomed and included. Faculty and staff members also want to help students reach their goals, whether that is suggesting organizations to join to help students prepare or connecting them with an alum that works at the company of interest, Magee said.
“I think some good advice for people who are trying to decide whether this is the right campus for them or not is just look at where you want to be and where you want to work and really work backward from that,” Magee explained. “You can find OU grads pretty much anywhere you want to work, and that's the cool thing … It is a school with a lot of alumni who are very passionate about helping the younger students succeed, and I can say as someone who's leaving, I definitely feel the same way.”