We connect students to opportunities in marketing through workshops, internships, and mentorships.

The BrandLab exists to address the racial and socioeconomic gaps in the creative workforce. We believe in the power of all voices having a seat at the table.

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From students to interns to alumni: Real-world marketing experience in the classroom and the industry

You can’t pursue a career if you don’t know it exists. Enter The BrandLab. Our program begins in the high school classroom where students are exposed to the idea of a creative career. From there, interested and eligible students are encouraged to apply for our paid summer internship program, which is all about getting into the workplace, understanding the marketing process, and growing 21st century skills. Interns receive intensive training and coaching led by industry professionals to support and guide their career path. Interns who complete the summer become BrandLab alumni and continue to build their professional network and gain access to special scholarships, mentorship opportunities, and training.

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Spark Workshops for Students

The BrandLab hosts Spark workshops that collaboratively move through curriculum where students are introduced to brainstorming, problem-solving and creativity.

Spark Workshops

Experience through Paid Internships

We connect high school and college level students to the world of marketing and advertising through paid summer internships at agencies and companies in the Twin Cities and Kansas City.

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Building a Professional Network

Establishing a professional network is not easy, but with The BrandLab’s support, students can attend networking events, apply for a professional mentor, and build supportive relationships with other creative peers.

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Become a 2022 LabFellow

Congrats to the inaugural LabFellows selected for our 8-month fellowship program where they’ll get hands-on experience working on real brands with Best Buy, Optum, Essence, and Wunderman Thompson. Are you an emerging college graduate or recent college graduate interested in learning more about our 2022 LabFellows program?

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Beyond Internships to Employment

Have you graduated from college or looking for an entry-level position in marketing or advertising? Check out our job board where our industry partners are looking to connect to talent like you!

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We’re changing the face and voice of the industry


percent of Spark students say they’re more aware of their career options


percent of interns say their ideas feel valued


industry partners host our interns each year


professional mentors have been matched with our alumni since 2018

Our alumni are the next generation of industry leaders

Linda Pham

Marketing Specialist at Thrivent

Linda grew up in Minnesota with an interest in pursuing music performance, but changed her mind when she took The BrandLab class through her high school and fell in love with all things marketing-related. She is now a Marketing Specialist at Thrivent helping to ensure that Thrivent’s financial professionals are well-supported in their marketing endeavors.

Misturat Amode

Junior Media Associate at Land O'Lakes, Inc.

During her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Misturat had the opportunity to join The BrandLab's Connect program. While working at her summer internship at General Mills HQ, she was able to grow her network and connect with many of The BrandLab's industry partners. After graduation, Misturat landed a position as Junior Media Associate at Land O' Lakes, Inc.

Alyssa Abilo

Social Marketing Associate at Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Alyssa grew up in the Twin Cities and attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School where she took The BrandLab course through her business marketing class. After completing several internships in the marketing and advertising industry and graduating with a degree in Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she's now a Social Marketing Associate at Land O'Lakes.