OUR VISION: PEOPLE FIRST, IT’S ALL ABOUT TALENT

As a 360 agency S3 Advertising specialises in creative, digital, social media and media planning and buying on both local and national levels. There’s a great buzz at S3 Advertising; we’re regularly winning new contracts, pitching against the biggest agencies in the industry.  The purpose of the S3 Academy is twofold: to provide interns with valuable, professional experience and to forge key relationships with universities and other educational establishments. Our aim is to provide people with the requisite analytical skills and the possibility to apply new ideas gained from the experience.  Interns will gain hands-on, practical experience and will benefit from skills development in a professional environment.

The S3 Academy gives interns the opportunity to gain valuable experience and to make connections in professional fields they are considering for their career paths.  At the same time it provides S3 the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

You are seeking opportunities that stimulate your interests and provide real‐world experiences.  A meaningful, purposeful internship program will manage your expectations, help you to achieve your goals and ensure that your internship is valuable.

Welcome to S3!

2017 Review

What happened in 2017?

The S3 Academy is now moving into its 3rd year and has been a great success! 2017 We welcomed 20 interns and are delighted to say that the level of skills and knowledge from the students was incredibly high. All have been extremely motivated and committed. People who want to secure their path into the industry and want to succeed. We scheduled four internship sessions over the year, lasting two weeks across six areas of service. 64 applications in total.

The outcome has been incredible: we are proud to have made job offers to three students. Two local graduates secured their dream jobs before even finishing their studies thanks to the opportunities offered through the S3 Academy. Sophie Monks 22, from Cardiff, works as a Client Side Administrator with the Content & Social Media Team, whilst Jay Baulch, 22, also from Cardiff, has taken the position of Client Side Administrator. In the meantime, a Copywriter position has been offered prior to 2018 graduation.

Key figures

  • 28 interns in 2016, 20 interns in 2017
  • Scheduled thirteen internship sessions of two weeks
  • 11 applications currently on hold for 2018
  • Seven jobs offered in total
  • Four jobs offered prior to graduation
  • Six different internships offered from social media, digital, design, web, photo-video and media planning & buying.

USW Testimonial

  • The USW Advertising Design course has been working with the S3 Academy since the start of the 2015 / 16 Academic year and to say it has been a huge success is an understatement. Since working with Matt Jones and his dedicated team of highly talented staff across all three years of the course the students have felt more empowered, informed and confident that they can gain employment within the creative industry, particularly Advertising in the city that they have chosen to study for three years, this fact has been a major plus for our course since last Autumn. Our students have benefitted from several insightful talks from every single team within the S3 agency thus understanding the various roles within the industry on a daily basis, had a tour of the agency, worked on a live brief with the S3 Creative team and best of all three of our graduating students have secured full time position at S3.

    Working with such successful local creative agencies as S3 not only helps our students it also helps the course and Faculty of Creative Industries within USW in terms of profile and future  student recruitment, in fact we have 47 students joining the USW Advertising Design course in September 2017 which is the highest number we have ever recruited, working with the S3 Academy has been one of the reasons for this increase in student numbers as potential students can witness our industry engagement via our social media platforms .

    Another knock on effect of working with the S3 Academy is that our graduating students have a new mind-set that they do not have to move to London to gain employment within the industry and with such high profile brands such as the BBC and Sky TV investing resources into South Wales, especially the city of Cardiff we are very lucky to have such supportive partners as the S3 Academy.

    University of South Wales
    University of South Wales