AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Starting today, Publicis Groupe Belgium & The Netherlands offers global creative talent the opportunity to attend THE SPA, the Shaping Progress Academy. THE SPA is the world’s first global paid internship program for students from all over the world who want to develop their creative skills and learn from the best, by participating remotely.
Students who participate in the SPA program, work on actual briefings for actual international clients, and get paid for doing so. Renowned and award-winning Creative Directors will mentor them. Through exclusive SPA Talks, creative authorities within the field will inspire the students to push their creative boundaries. Eva Devos – Co-CEO Publicis Belgium, is looking forward to meet and inspire new talents: “At Publicis Groupe Benelux we believe that everyone can be creative. This is why the SPA welcomes all young people who want to develop their creative talents. Because creativity is in the unique way you look at the world, not in the title of your education. No matter what you are studying, you are welcome.“
How to enroll
Practically, students, within a +10 hour-time zone (-5 +5 CET), who want to apply can do so until January 7 by sharing their motivation and portfolio. Then candidates will receive a real briefing from a real client. Based on the creative output, six teams will be invited to present their creative work of which three teams will receive a 3 to 6 months paid and remote internship, that consists of mentorship and exclusive masterclasses, with the best creatives across the globe.
Accelerating the diversity revolution
THE SPA is another concrete expression of Publicis Groupe’s eagerness to actively create a diverse working environment where everyone feels welcome and respected. Together with Jump, the leading social enterprise in Europe for more diversity, gender balance, equity, and inclusion, Publicis Belgium & The Netherlands is analyzing all biased behaviors, working towards a 100% inclusive company. Diversity leads to fresh and popular ideas that reflect our zeitgeist. As such, Publicis Groupe Benelux also wants to accelerate the diversity revolution creating work that showcases and celebrates a diverse society.
Eduardo Marques, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Benelux, complements: “We want to attract, inspire and support the best creative talents in the world, opening our doors to different people from different social and financial backgrounds and cultures, different mindsets and disciplines. Anyone can apply.”