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The Most Interesting Internship in the World

As an account management intern for Euro RSCG Worldwide in New York City, Washington and Lee senior Josh Bareño has had his share of interesting experiences this summer.

And then this happened: He got to meet the Most Interesting Man in the World.

Dos Equis is one of Euro RSCG’s clients, and the agency created the commercials that feature the character dubbed “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” How interesting is he? He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels. Mosquitoes refuse to bite him simply out of respect. And so forth.

So when Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays him in the Dos Equis commercials, came to visit Euro RSCG this month, Josh had a chance to find out for himself.

“Is he really the most interesting man in the world?” we asked Josh in an e-mail.

“I’m not sure if he’s the most interesting man,” replied Josh, “but he has a great sense of humor and is extremely nice!”

We’ll take that as a definite maybe.

Josh is not the only W&L student having an interesting time at Euro RSCG this summer. Ashley Astolfi, a senior business administration major from Victoria, Tex., is also there. And, in fact, Ashley is working on the Dos Equis account, so she’s met Mr. Goldsmith several times. She just wasn’t first on Twitter with a photo of  them together.

Josh and Ashley were not the only W&L folks at Euro RSCG, either. Josh notes that both Stephanie Mansey, of the Class of 2010, and Katherine Barnes, of the Class of 2012, are full-time employees.

Josh, a journalism and mass communications major from Miami, worked on several of Hershey’s summer initiatives, including Camp Bondfire and the fall baking platform. He also helped with such other Hershey’s brands as Jolly Rancher, Reese’s, Kit Kat and Ice Breakers. The company divided interns into groups, and they worked on a project that they presented to the agency.

All that great experience is well and good, but as Josh made plain in the tweet he sent with the photo of him and the Most Interesting Man — “From now on when people ask about my summer, I’ll simply show them that pic.”