Media Design School Alumni Completes Wieden+Kennedy In-house Apprenticeship Program

Jake Barnes successfully completed the Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam’s grueling Kennedys in-house apprenticeship program. His reward for surviving is a coveted full time position in the creative department of one of the world’s greatest advertising agencies, responsible for Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, among others.

Barnes graduated from The AdSchool at Media Design School where he worked on many of NZ’s top brands including Cadbury, McDonald’s and The Warehouse. He was also part of the team behind the innovative “Compost the Weekend” initiative. He moved to Amsterdam to take on the six month Kennedys program and was presented an entirely new set of challenges, including working under the same crew who created “Write the Future” for Nike, along with endlessly exhausting new business pitches.

Kate Humphries, course leader at The Adschool couldn’t be happier. “It’s no surprise. Jake always showed unflappable determination in whatever he set his mind to. There’s a slightly selfish sense of loss, because providing talent for the New Zealand Industry is our most important focus, but this is balanced by the concrete proof that our innovative, hardworking approach to insight driven creativity thrives in the international market, with Jake joining a growing list of graduates who are making their mark in London, New York and Sydney.”

Now that the six month Kennedy program is finished, Jake will be working on accounts like Nike, EA Games, Heineken, Netflix, and, providing him with even greater challenges ahead.