IPG Mediabrands, NYC Pilot

After the exciting first pilot in San Francisco, we are helping IPG Mediabrands start their 2nd Phase of their Autism@Work program in NYC.

IPG Recruitment Guide NYC (PDF)
IPG Mediabrands, New York, New York
July 8 – August 2

Executive Summary

IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands is a new world agency group designed with dynamic marketing at its core.

As the global media and data arm of Interpublic Group, Mediabrands is comprised of +10,500 marketing communication, media and technology specialists in over 130 countries. We are a diverse group of innovators, technologists, designers, scientists, strategists, buyers, thinkers, planners and mathematicians that are committed to building new solutions for the world’s top brands.

Specialisterne USA Mission Statement

To educate stakeholders in talent and career development for autistic people through innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Specialisterne is currently sourcing autistic individuals to participate in the Specialisterne Autism@Work four-week assessment.

Applications will be accepted up through June 10th by filling out this survey.

Those individuals with the interest, aptitude, and skills with a high probability of success will be invited to participate in the 4-week assessment. This unpaid 4-week assessment is designed to ensure the candidates experience the workplace and culture of IPG Mediabrands, and learn key skills to be able to work effectively with their teams.

The Assessment will begin on July 8th and continue through August 2nd.  Successful candidates will progress to a paid 90-day contractor position (as per the position’s salary) where at the end of the 90 days a joint decision will take place to determine a move towards permanent employment.  All successful graduates of the Specialisterne Neurodiversity at Work four-week assessment, regardless of a job offer, can put the successful completion on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles to show workplace readiness.

Important Dates

Application Deadline:  June 10th 2019

Specialisterne Information Workshops:  June 25th or June 26th 10:00am – 3:00pm

Specialisterne Neurodiversity at Work four-week assessment:

  • Week 1 – July 8-12 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Week 2 – July 15-19 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Week 3 – July 22-26 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Week 4 – July 20-August 2 9:00am – 5:00pm

Successful autism@work pilot candidates will begin work approximately September 3.

*Participation in the program DOES NOT guarantee employment.

**Attendance is mandatory for all days.


Specialisterne (which translates from Danish as “The Specialists”) is an innovative social business originally founded in Denmark in 2004. Specialisterne is internationally recognized as the first and foremost example of how high functioning autistic individuals can become effectively included in society, and provide valuable, high quality services to their employers.  Specialisterne USA works to ensure every neurodiverse person who wants a job, gets a job.

IPG Mediabrands is the global media and data arm of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Today, the network manages $39 billion in marketing investment on behalf of its clients, employing over 10,000 marketing communication specialists in more than 130 countries.

Full-service and global agencies within the IPG Mediabrands network include UM and Initiative. Additional leading brands and specialist business units include BPN, Cadreon, Healix, Identity, IPG Media Lab, MAGNA, Orion Holdings, Rapport and Reprise. For more information, please visit

Skills Evaluation, Assessment, and Selection Process

Applicants for this autism@work pilot program will be evaluated, assessed and selected according to the standard Specialisterne methodology.

Those demonstrating proven autism diagnosis, appropriate interest and aptitude through a resume review as well as a telephone/video discussion with Specialisterne staff will be invited to participate in a 4-week skills evaluation and assessment program in New York.  The available slots are limited.  The 4-week assessment falls under the IPG Mediabrands unpaid internship program.

**Participation in the skills evaluation and assessment program DOES NOT guarantee employment.

Employment Outcomes

Successful candidates will be offered a paid three-month contract position, approximate start date of September 3rd.  At the end of three months, a review will take place with the candidates and IPG Mediabrands to ensure both are happy to continue working together.  If both parties are in agreement, a full-time permanent employee contract will be presented at that time.  All positions included in this program, from the four-week assessment through to employment are FULL-TIME positions.


The assessment program, as well as the potential future job duties will take place in New York, New York.

Application Process

To be considered for the four-week Specialisterne USA Skills Evaluation and Assessment Program please fill out the Autism@Work Profile and include your most recent resume HERE.

Do these job descriptions sound interesting to you?

Entry Level Analyst and Database Manager

This job is perfect for a person who can collect data, and make it align beautifully so the team can make sense of the data (model and analyze) so we can answer the following question: “Does advertising drive sales? How?”

Role: Entry Level Data Analytics

We use deep dive analytics and work with audience behaviors to advise our media planning and campaign management teams on how to improve their brands’ campaigns.

Role: Entry Level Digital Operations

Our team supports the delivery of online advertising by using digital technology platforms to test and manage the delivery of online campaigns for some of the largest and most respected global brands.

Role: Entry Level Digital Media Buyer

We are the numbers behind advertising.

In this job you will help decide where ads should go and who should be seeing it based on data.  You will use the data to inform decision making.

Here is what we are looking for:

You do not have to tick every box—we are looking for diverse skillsets, so APPLY TODAY!


  • Ability to work with numbers and synthesize data
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Driven to solve problems
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Suite, especially Microsoft Excel
  • Interest in learning how online advertising works
  • Understanding how all the pieces of database fit together
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Nice to Have

  • Experience or interest in learning Python, SQL, SAS, R, HTML, Java Script or AWS
  • Tableau or other data visualization software
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Be able to develop your own code
Register Your Interest Today!