In 2017, Yates received the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship Award from the American Advertising Federation. He is only the 3rd BYU student to receive this award in the last 12 years.
Casey has been a part of BYU's independently run ad agency, the BYU AdLab, where he was the Senior Account Lead for a client called Stance socks, and underwear. He managed the research, planning, creation, and presentation of a 360-degree campaign then was asked to intern at Stance. There he watched how the client implemented the campaign he had helped research and create.