21 Students Selected for 2016 Stickell Internship Program

The 2016 Stickell Internship recipients represent the program’s largest class yet.


WASHINGTON, D.C., Jun. 2, 2016—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced earlier this month the 21 rising seniors who were selected as the 2016 recipients of the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program. The students represent the largest class of recipients of this award, setting a new standard for the program for years to come.

The AAF Stickell Student Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship that places college seniors in media organizations, advertising and public relations agencies, as well as client and supplier companies to raise awareness and understanding of the advertising process and business ethics among future advertising professionals with real-world, hands-on experience.

“This is our 7th year supporting the Stickell Internship program,” said Ann Rubin, Vice President of Branded Content and Global Creative at IBM. “Every year, we have been very pleased with the students we have been matched with. The selection process is rigorous and all seven of our Stickell interns have been terrific - smart, hardworking, go-getters. We look forward to meeting our new one each summer.”

This year’s 21 rising seniors from 20 different schools were selected for the competitive scholarship and internship program this summer as the best, most deserving individuals from their AAF college chapter.

Candace Allison, University of North Texas, Whole Foods Market
Blake Balser, University of Texas at Austin, The Richards Group, Dallas
Hanna Bautz, Colorado College , GSD&M, Austin
Samantha Behen , Drury University, Global Prairie, Kansas City
Karla Figueroa, University of Houston, Amuse Digital, Houston
Gabriel Gonzalez, University of Illinois, Leo Burnett, Chicago
Collier Hammonds, University of Oklahoma, StarCom MediaVest, Los Angeles
John Jacobson, Ithaca College, US Bank, Minneapolis
Annie Keller, University of Illinois, IBM, Armok, New York
Bari Kenser, Southern Methodist University, mcgarybowen, Chicago
Joelle Kruger, Morningside College, San Antonio Express-News
Miranda Lee, University of Missouri, Slingshot, Dallas
Maura Maher, Louisiana State University, Slingshot, Dallas
Katie McGee, James Madison University, SimpsonScarborough, Alexandria
Marisa Price, The University of Texas, Eleven, San Francisco
Nikolas Revmates, Penn State University, Giant Spoon, Los Angeles
Anegla Rhys, Texas State University, Houston Chronicle
Amy Schmitt, Ohio University, Mutual Mobile, Austin
Kaitlin Snyder, University of Tulsa, PulsePoint, Austin
Robson Tan, Ringling College of Art & Design, The Richards Group, Dallas
Steven Tice, University of Alabama, US Bank, Minneapolis

"The Stickell interns are always remarkable. As part of the selection committee, I have the tough job of reading student applications and voting on who demonstrates the passion, drive and knowledge befitting of a participant in this internship program,” said Toni Thompson, Executive Director for Human Resources at Condé Nast and a member of the Stickell Board. “I was amazed by the vast knowledge of the advertising industry and applicable digital expertise this year's class exhibited."

The AAF Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program was established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell, former executive Vice President, Marketing for the Los Angeles Times and a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame. The program commemorates Mr. Stickell's contributions to the industry, his high business standards and his dedication to advancing the interests of advertising. The interns go through a rigorous selection process before being placed and will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 10-week internship plus either a $1,500 scholarship or assistance with housing to help defray their living expenses.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Laetitia Brock via email or visit