Course: Media and Cultural Studies with Television and Broadcast Media BA(Hons)
Internship: Rainbow Trust
I came to the public sector and charity event in November 2012. I heard the representative from the Rainbow Trust talk and approached her in the networking part of the event. She asked for my CV and it all went from there really!
This was the first 'office job' I have had. It was great to experience a different type of environment that allowed me to try new things, including database and admin, as well as sitting in on important funding meetings with the charity's partners.
Before I did this internship, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. When I found out about the work the charity did, it really inspired me and made me want to be part of it. It has motivated me to try other internships too.
I have quite a creative mind and this internship allowed me to think outside of the box and come up with new ideas.
The Rainbow Trust were really flexible with working hours and allowed me to plan work around my timetable. I would work for a few hours before coming in to uni for lectures, and found that I could change my working hours if needed.
I have always had an interest in the media and felt this was the right progression from studying media at school. I felt like this particular course was broad enough to give me a good knowledge of the sector, and not too narrow to limit my options when I finish. It also gives me a chance to be creative.
Before I did this internship I didn't have a clue about what direction I wanted to take when I graduated. This has now made me realise that I really want to work in a charity and I will now start looking for a marketing internship within a charity to broaden my experience.
My advice to anyone would be 'try everything' – you don't know if you'll like something if you don't try it. Doing an internship gives you a great opportunity to get a feel for a particular role for a short time.