This summer m/SIX will be the first media agency to launch an internship programme designed to actively champion neurodiversity and unlock the potential of young autistic adults.
The agency is taking part in Ambitious about Autism’s Exchange Programme, an award-winning project which aims to ensure young people with autism are given careers advice and the work experience they need to prepare for the work place. Employers are also given the training and understanding to recruit and support people on the autism spectrum.
m/SIX will be offering three paid six-week internships to young people with autism, to give them the opportunity to experience what working in a media agency is like and subsequently interview for a permanent position at the agency.
The placement will allow the interns to experience all functions of m/SIX agency life, such as media planning, digital and data, marketing, as well as joining teams embedded in our clients’ offices.
Siobhan Brunwin, Head of People said; “at m/SIX we are really proud to have such a diverse range of people in our agency, which has been crucial to the success of our business. We are thrilled to be working with Ambitious about Autism. This is an amazing opportunity for us all to learn more about neurodiversity and we are so excited to see the huge talent and insight that people with autism can bring to our agency.”
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide vital services, raise awareness and understanding around the condition, and campaign for change. It is a little-known statistic that only 16% of adults with autism are in employment. Young people with autism do not have access to the same opportunities and, as a result, their chance of entering employment is low.