The IPG Health Network Write It Forward program aims to recruit, train, and mentor writing talent from all walks of life for entry-level, science-focused copywriting positions within its agencies.
Why Is It Called "Write It Forward"?
The Write It Forward program is an exciting opportunity for candidates from all walks of life to advance their careers into the next chapter while supporting high-science brands that help move patients’ lives forward. In addition, participants are paired with mentors on their designated teams and participate in a weekly “Write It Forward Circle,” with the goal of having participants pay it forward by becoming mentors in future sessions.
How Does It Work?
Write It Forward consists of a 12-week paid learning program, during which participants attend weekly 2-hour classes while working full time (8 hours/day) on a designated high-science creative team with a mentor. Following the 12-week program participants may be hired into open positions as full-time Junior Copywriters. Write It Forward will run twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Write It Forward isn't just an "internship". It's more like a "preceptorship" that is common in health-related fields. Basically, it's a period of practical experience and training that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field. Write It Forward is a structured, supportive period of transition from learning to applying the set of specific skills necessary for being a junior science copywriter. We are looking to invest in candidates who are in it for the long haul, willing to put in the work during the program and grow their career with us at the completion of the program.
Who Can Participate in Write It Forward?
We welcome talent from all backgrounds–including those from underrepresented groups–with the following characteristics and skills:
- Curiosity and love of words
- Passion for the science that is making a difference in patients’ lives
- Strong desire and drive to learn the skills of a promising career in a cutting-edge field
- Willingness to help the assigned team and tackle any tasks assigned
- An open mind that is receptive to feedback and supportive of team collaboration
- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, particularly in digital file management
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Eagerness to actively participate in the Write It Forward Circle and mentor future participants
We encourage applicants from all walks of life. That means we are interested in you whether you are a recent college grad, exploring a second (or third) career, or in your last year of training, whatever training that may be. What is most important to us is your drive and passion, and your understanding of what an opportunity this is to start off in a rewarding career. You can really build something here, but you have to be committed and willing to put in the work. Once you know the basics, it's like riding a bike.
IPG Health and its leadership are incredibly proactive about diversity and inclusion (even before it became the thing to do). We know that we can be a better agency and create better work for our clients when we include people from as many different backgrounds as possible. That's just common sense.
Our official stance is this:
“All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this program without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. Our company highly encourages candidates from historically underrepresented communities to apply.”
Applications are now closed for our Fall 2022 session of Write it Forward. Thank you to all that applied.