The Shaping Progress Academy
The first paid creative training program for students from all over the world.
Publicis Groupe Benelux wants to accelerate the diversity revolution and is recruiting the best creative talents from all around the world with different backgrounds, mindsets and skills. Virtually, we will bring students together for three to six months to develop their skills and indulge them with the best creative treatment.
Are you ready to
enter the SPA?
What will we offer you?
Work on real briefings for real (inter)national clients
Throughout your paid internship, you will work on real briefings from the Publicis Groupe Brussels and Amsterdam offices. You will also get to shine on global opportunities from the network. Your beautiful mind will be put to work on some of our wonderful clients, including Heineken, Disney, Orange, Renault and BNP Paribas Fortis.
Mentorship by world renowned Creative Directors
Combined, our creative directors have won more than 75 Cannes Lions, including 3 Grand Prix, a Titanium, dozens of Gold Lions and a Black Pencil at D&AD. But more importantly, they’re eager to work together with young talent. Like you.
SPA Talks by the best of the industry
We will organise SPA Talks with creative masterminds from all over the world. They will teach you how the industry works and inspire you. Among our speakers we have CCOs from AQKA, BBH, BBDO and more.
Our SPA Talks
What better way for our SPA winners to kick off their internship with a talk with one of the most awarded creatives in the industry? @rizuto, thanks for sharing your stories, passions and secrets with them. They're hungry to get started! Watch SPA TALK #1
Here’s how it works
Tell us about yourself
Apply as a Creative team by sharing your motivation before the deadline of 10/01/2022.
Look, a real briefing!
Competition week! As of January 10th all teams will receive a real Client Briefing. Yep. A real briefing from a real client.
The final selection
Based on creative output, six teams will be selected to present their ideas to our jury. Three teams will then be finally handpicked for the SPA.
If you make it this far, you’re in for a (remote) creative treat that lasts 3 to 6 months. Your paid SPA internship kicks off in February.
Meet some of our mentors
- Eduardo Marques Chief Creative Officer / Publicis Groupe Belgium & Netherlands
- Eva Devos co-CEO / Publicis Groupe Belgium
- Wendy Pouw Chief Digital Officer / Publicis Groupe Belgium & Netherlands
- Miriam Van Dijk Account Lead / Publicis Groupe Netherlands
- Veerle Devos Talent Director / Publicis Groupe Belgium
- Maarten Vrouwes Executive Creative Director / Publicis Groupe Netherlands
- Friso Ludenhoff Executive Creative Director / Publicis Groupe Netherlands
- Mathieu Cardon Executive Creative Director / Publicis Groupe Belgium
- Laurence Van de Putte Creative Director / Publicis Groupe Belgium
- Catheline Leroy Senior Creative / Publicis Groupe Belgium
- Guilherme Nunes Head of Art & Associate Creative Director
Diversity leads to creativity. We believe in:
The Shaping Progress Academy
Why the SPA? Because change is happening faster than ever. The problem is, we can't always control that change. That's why we believe in shaping progress through collective creativity. It means that we transform change into real progress for brands, people, culture and society so that we can all play our role and take our responsibility in this world.
Sneak peek behind the scenes
Where does the internship take place?
As we are welcoming students from all over the world, the internship will be completed remotely from wherever you live. We prefer to stay within a time zone of +5/-5hours. But hey, convince us otherwise?
Can I participate if I’m not officially a student?
We wish we could say yes, but unfortunately the answer is no. We can only accept students who are officially registered with a school that accepts our internship program. Why? We’ll spare you the details, but it has a lot to do with insurance, contracts and other technical things.
Do we have to be a team in order to apply?
Well yes. We believe the best work is done when you have a partner: someone to creatively ping pong with. If you can’t find a teammate and you’re sure you’ll be able to convince us… we won’t stop you.
What can I expect during the internship?
With a duration of 3 to 6 months, you’ll be a true part of our teams in the Netherlands and Belgium. You’ll work on real projects and real briefings for real clients. We work for both local and international clients, so there will be plenty of projects to dive into. You’ll be mentored by our world-renowned Creative Directors and inspired by our SPA talks by the best of the industry.
Won’t a remote internship be boring?
Nah, not at all. With the crazy Covid year we had last year, we’re used to work remote and still have fun. But if you’re in the neighbourhood of Brussels or Amsterdam, you’re more than welcome to come to the agency.
Does the internship count towards credits?
Yes, depending on your school’s requirements. You’re responsible for following up with them to get your credits.
What does the application process look like?
Great question. Here you go! Applications are open until January 10th. You will receive a confirmation email to inform your submission has been received.
Then it’s competition week! All teams who registered will be given the same Client Briefing. Each team has 1 week to come up with the best Creative Idea and present it (remotely) in front of a jury. The three teams with the best idea presentation get the spots. Yay! The internship start in February and has a duration of 3 to 6 months, depending on your school’s requirements.
Will there be employment opportunities after the internship?
We can’t make any promises, but we can say yes there will be opportunities. The time we will invest in you, and you in us, can potentially lead to a full time position in one of our agencies.
Is the internship paid?
Yes! You will get paid a locally competitive internship remuneration.
Count me in! How do I apply?
All applications are done through this very website. Submit your CV and portfolio to get a change to be selected!
Publicis Groupe Belgium & Netherlands
Publicis Groupe is an integrated agency that combines different agencies like Publicis Brussels, Duval Guillaume, Publicis Amsterdam, Prodigious, Leo Burnett, Digitas, Spark and Zenith to bring together the finest talents of the industry.
Combining forces is the way to go. Just ask the Power Rangers and our clients: