Education News


Advertising is truly a profession for the young at heart and the Pittsburgh Ad Fed lives it!  We take any chance we can get to connect with our former care free campus days.   Actually it's all a ruse to hide the desperate scramble to hire the best and brightest ad talent!  So take advantage of the networking at events, the scholarships, the competitions.  It will pay off with an interesting rewarding career alongside passionate professionals who play and work hard!

The Pittsburgh Ad Federation maintains a significant ongoing effort to create strong linkages with the academic community to promote careers in Advertising.

Our annual Creative Reviews give aspiring undergraduates the chance to sit down and review their portfolios with Pittsburgh's top creative directors. Generally scheduled in the spring and fall students schedule time with one or more creative directors to get valuable one on one feedback to help guide them to a more powerful personal presentation... and better job opportunities as result!

At the Junior High and High School level we are working to create assembly tours that promote awareness of the ad business with a lively interactive presentation. Russell Bynum of Bynum Advertising spearheads this effort, expanding on his own individual efforts.

Student membership

Student memberships are only $50. Jeez, that's just a night on the town! And in return you'll get a chance to network into internships and jobs while attend interesting industry related programs, hearing dynamic speakers and working shoulder to shoulder with Pittsburgh's top ad professionals.

AAF College and University Student Chapters

The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation actively supports student chapters through organization, sponsorship and implementation of local competitions. We are proud to support student chapters at

Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Duquesne University
Point Park College
Saint Vincent's College

Information on starting your own chapter is available online

Undergraduate Advertising Competitions

Student Chapters participate in the NASC, the National Advertising Student Competition.

The Pittsburgh Ad Fed also supports several local competitions
C2- the Pittsburgh Creative Competition - a fall event open to all Pittsburgh full time undergraduates.

The Pittsburgh College Advertising Competition - a June event showcasing the Pittsburgh national entries in a Pittsburgh only run off competition.

The Student ADDY Competition - a student category in the renowned ADDY awards.

Other Student Resources

Members of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation are always willing to turn back the clock and go to your campus to talk with you about the ad business. Just call/email and ask!

Looking for an internship? Log on to Regional Internship Center website (www.ric-swpa.org) for easy access to businesses offering internships and to enter your resume to be considered for them.

Pittsburgh's Communication Connection (www.pittsburghc2.org) is a great resource for programs and events. You can become an ambassador as an internship and serve on this board, attending the other trade group board meetings as well. Just let your faculty know you'd like to be involved in this internship and call us!

Make it Social: Breakthrough Digital Creativity Breakthrough creativity is an aspiration for all, but what defines it today for online advertising? Is it about the media solution itself, the creative, or a true integration of the two? From breakthrough visual executions to cross platform ideas to branded entertainment to original video, find out what it takes to make a lasting impression on digital consumers and whether the economic downturn is taking a toll on creativity and risk-taking and whether today's agency is truly aligned to deliver high impact ideas and executions.
Elizabeth Ross Former President & Global CMO, Tribal DDB North America Liz Ross is a sought-after speaker and was inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement and named one of Advertising Age's "Women To Watch" in 2008. Recently, Digitas hired Liz Ross as chief growth officer, US, a responsibility previously held by global CMO Seth Solomons. Ross most recently served as president of US operations and global chief marketing officer for Tribal DDB. Matt Freeman, CEO, Betawave Corporation Matt Freeman serves as CEO of Betawave Corporation, the industry's first attention based media company. Prior to Betawave, Freeman was the founder and CEO of Omnicom Group's Tribal DDB Worldwide. During Freeman's tenure, Tribal grew from an ida to a worldwide network of 46 offices in 28 countries. Freeman also served on the board of directors and the executive committee of DDB Group, was a board member of AAAA, the IAB's agency committee, and continues as a director of the Advertising Club of New York. Freeman has been named one of the Top 50 most creative people in the industry by Creativity magazine and was inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement in 2004.

Date: 10/6/2009 - 10/6/2009
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Omni William Penn