Editor-in-Chief of the Herald, Annie Mandart ’14 will spend her summer in Chennai, India, interning with, 2adpro Media Solutions Private Limited, an international advertising agency that was co-founded by Todd Brownrout ’84, a former editor-in-chief of the Herald.
“When I was offered the opportunity to intern with 2adpro, I was excited because the company has a respected international reputation in the advertising industry,” says Mandart, who intends to put this marketing and advertising experience to use advocating for people with autism. “This internship will be a great opportunity to advance my skills, and working alongside an alumnus is an added bonus!”
Founded in 2007, 2adpro is ranked second in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 in India 2010 and Fast 500 Asia 2010, which recognize the country’s fastest growing technology, media and telecom companies. The company has more than 500 employees operating from facilities in Bangalore and Chennai, India and a U.S. office in Woodlands, Calif. Providing high quality graphic design solutions, 2adpro has created ads for Lenovo, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal World Tour.”
As an intern, Mandart will spend the first week training and learning about customer service, operations management and quality control. She will then be given the opportunity to select the department where she will spend the majority of her eight-week internship. Her second and third weeks will be spent in each of the other two departments in order to get a sense of how the whole operation works. During the fourth week, she will travel to the non-profits that the company is associated with, including Habitat for Humanity in India. During the final four weeks, she will spend her time working with the department she chose, closing out the internship with a presentation.
“I am really excited about working on a global scale with a team of interns,” says Mandart, who will be one of five interns working this summer. “Although I work on the Herald here on campus, most of what Ido is locally-based in Geneva. However, while in India, one day I might be working with someone in New York and the next day it could be someone in New Zealand.”
Interested in autism, Mandart plans to take advantage of the many opportunities available to her in India, including travelling and expanding on her knowledge about international autism advocacy and inclusion practices to possibly use in an Honors project.
“I also hope to do research into different therapies and advocacy in India,” says Mandart. “I am interested and invested in educating myself about autism because I have several family members who are on the autism spectrum. As a result, I have already learned about therapies and practices in the United States and I hope to expand on that knowledge.”
Providing Mandart with her first opportunity to travel outside of the United States, the internship was coordinated through the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development who awarded her with a $3,000 grant to help fund the internship.
Mandart is a writing and rhetoric major with a double minor in child advocacy with a concentration in children with disabilities and public policy with a concentration in health care. In addition to working for the Herald, she works at the Office of Admissions, and volunteers at the nursery at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Geneva, N.Y. Previously, she has served as manager of the Hobart football team, a Sexual Assault and Acquaintance Rape Awareness Workshop facilitator, and an orientation mentor during the Classes of 2015 Orientation.
Brownrout received a bachelor’s in English from Hobart, where he was a member of Delta Chi and WEOS-FM. Following graduation, he went on to receive a M.B.A. in marketing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to co-founding 2adpro, he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Knight-Ridder for Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. and was recognized as their top advertising executive in 2001. He then went to work at Tribune Company, where he served as senior vice president of advertising at the Los Angeles Times.