There's a woman in the office again, and she is our new intern, Sydney Lindsey! Instead of just sending us her resume as part of her internship application, she sent us an email introducing herself through memes and GIFs. She's been in a couple of days so far, and she's already getting her hands dirty with all of the fun projects we have going on right now. CivitasNow is really excited to have her on the team!

1. Where do you attend college and what is your major?

I go to school at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and I'm majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art History.

2. Where do you call home?

While I was born and raised in the East Bay of San Francisco, California, I moved to Columbus when I was thirteen (seven years ago), and consider Columbus to be my home. Midwest is best, after all.

3. Why on Earth are you working with CivitasNow?

I found out about CivitasNow through a friend from high school who knew Jacob way back when. I started off the summer as a marketing intern for a Columbus art center (that shall remain nameless for the purpose of respect). They were incredibly rude to me, they ignored my presence every day, and gave me no tasks to work on, after repeated questioning.

After about three weeks, I decided to quit the internship, and continue my summer nannying to save money for my coming trip to London. My friend from high school contacted me and told me that CivitasNow was looking for an intern, and after looking at their website, Facebook, and Instagram for about ten minutes total, I knew they were perfect for me. By some stroke of luck, they liked my application, interviewed me, and I got the intern position. I'm so excited to gain a bunch of advertising knowledge from these guys and to be a crazy band of hipster hooligans with them.


4. Why are you interested in advertising and outdoor marketing?

All my life, I've had a very eclectic brain that easily gets bored if it's not constantly stimulated by something. After some exploring in college, I discovered that advertising is the perfect career for a crazy brain like mine. I'm interested in advertising because it combines my loves of psychology, art, design, and social responsibility into one neat package, while also helping companies and organizations to show the world what they're all about. Also, I have always loved the environment and advocate for its protection constantly. It feels so nice to be a part of an agency that sets environmental responsibility so high.

5. If you were given a free full-page ad in the newspaper and had to sell yourself in six words or less, how would the ad read?

"Will Sew Clothes for Good Conversation" (with a picture of me with a cheesy smile, giving a thumbs up with one hand and holding a needle and thread in the other hand).

6. What two weapons would you bring to a zombie apocalypse?

Let's be honest: if the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm going to be the first one to die. I've just kind of accepted that. But, if by some stroke of luck I survive long enough to participate in the war, I would bring a bow and arrow (because archery was the only thing I was good at in high school gym) and my sewing scissors, because those puppies are SHARP and guns scare me.

7. What movie character do you think you are?

Some days I feel like Garth from Wayne's World. If my hair is frizzy and I'm wearing my reading glasses, I even look like him. I would say on a daily basis, though, I am definitely a bizarre mixture of Jess Day from New Girl, Leslie Knope from Parks & Recreation, and Tobias Fünke, George Michael Bluth, and Buster Bluth from Arrested Development.

8. What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given and who gave it to you?

When I was struggling through my pre-med classes at Northwestern freshman year and the early portion of my sophomore year, my mom sent me an email saying the following: "Keep your head and heart open to passions". Little did I know at the time that she always knew I didn't want to be a doctor, and that I was just following what my siblings did because I was lost (moms just know these things about their kids, and I don't know if I'll ever understand how).

She knew that my heart wasn't invested in the medical profession, and she was totally accepting of that. She encouraged me to take other classes and to explore my options. If I hadn't received that advice from my mom, then right now I would probably be crying over an Organic Chemistry textbook instead of sitting in a cool, hip advertising agency office, looking over the city of Columbus. My mom is the best.

9. What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, my dream would be to work in an advertising agency thinking of new, creative ways to advertise to customers and to make an impact on the world at large. I really just want to make a difference in the world, no matter what I do. Here's to hoping I can make that dream a reality.