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    Career Treks: Leo Burnett & Abbott Labs

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU student-athletes visited Leo Burnett in Chicago as part of an NU for Life Career Trek on July 26.
    NU student-athletes visited Leo Burnett in Chicago as part of an NU for Life Career Trek on July 26.

    Aug. 1, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Friday July 26, 10 student-athletes representing Northwestern’s tennis, football, and soccer teams attended a Career Trek at Leo Burnett, a Chicago-based creative advertising agency. The student-athletes were given a presentation about Leo Burnett, the company’s history, and some of its most recognizable accounts. Leo Burnett creates advertising for Pillsbury, Hallmark, McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Maytag, and recently created Allstate’s recognizable “Mayhem” character.
    The students had the opportunity to discuss their potential areas of interest, talk to former interns from Northwestern University who are now employed at Leo Burnett, and learn about the various responsibilities within a creative advertising agency, such as account management or strategy and planning. Students also learned about Leo Burnett’s 10-week summer internship program, which is open to juniors and seniors and provides valuable experience working in a large, nationally-recognized advertising agency.
    On Tuesday July 30, another group of student-athletes attended a meeting with Abbott Laboratories. Abbott Labs, a pharmaceutical and health care products company, sent three representatives to Northwestern to meet with student-athletes from the football and volleyball teams. The Abbott representatives gave an overview of the company and discussed the company’s two main branches: Abbott and AbbVie. Abbott focuses on healthcare, nutrition and devices while AbbVie is dedicated to the research and development of drugs to treat complex diseases. Students also learned about Abbott’s internship and various development opportunities.
    These visits with Leo Burnett and Abbott Labs signal the end of this summer’s NU for Life Career Treks. NU for Life, a department within athletics dedicated to career preparation and advancement for current student-athletes, organized four Career Treks this summer to various businesses specializing in investment banking, mutual funds, pharmaceuticals, medical and health product development, advertising, entertainment, and celebrity marketing. More than 30 athletes attended these Career Treks between practices and workouts and gained valuable exposure to various workplaces and potential internship locations. Currently, NU for Life is planning fall programming to continue preparing Northwestern’s student-athletes for the professional world.


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