Being a fan of the Western Bulldogs FC since she was born, Aimme was excited, nervous and scared about working with the footy club she has adored her whole life. She says meeting all the Western Bulldogs players was a dream come true.
She has interned with Soul Fusion Records and Trail of Ink who are independent record labels and managers to local artists. Aimme is currently at Milk Kiddle Langmaid PR interning with Shereen Kiddle.
After reading an email sent out by Victoria University, inviting students to apply for an internship with the Western Bulldogs FC, Aimme jumped at the chance and sent in her application within a few hours.
Although she said she didn’t know anyone at the footy club, her previous work experiences made her application stand out. Aimme felt that working for the footy club was a great opportunity as this is where she sees her career heading.
“Ideally I would love to work for a sport club or the AFL” says Aimme. But her dream job is to be head of communications at the AFL or a footy club.
At the start of her Western Bulldogs FC internship in February, Aimme was in her last semester at university and juggled interning with Milkk PR and working part time at Safeway.
Each week Aimme would arrive at the Western Bulldogs FC and start her day by going through all the newspapers for stories written about the footy club or players. Aimme would and then head to a training session where media were in attendance.
“I would go with my boss and speak to the media to get the vibe on the questions they would be asking the coach” Aimme explains.
She was also asked to write biographies on coaches, players, game day wrap-ups and any functions that the footy club was hosting.
Everything Aimme has learnt at the footy club has been beneficial to her. Working with a sport organisation like the Western Bulldogs FC, shows that she knows how an AFL club works, and most importantly how they deal with the media.
“It has made me more aware on where I want to go with my career and shown me what I need to do to get there” says Aimme.
Aimme says that her colleagues at the footy club made her feel like a worker not an intern and loved her experience there. Each week Aimee was experiencing what it would be like to have her dream job.
“I kept looking at my boss thinking one day I’ll be where you are,” says Aimme. “I think that if you have [a] dream industry you must try and get work experience in that field even if you get shut down a few times you must keep trying.”
Although she found it hard juggling two internships, university work and her part time job, Aimme still found time for herself. She was determined to make it work and she was successful in doing so.
Working with the Western Bulldogs FC has strengthened Aimme’s belief that she wants to work in the AFL and nothing will stop her from achieving this.
Aimme also says that her varied work experiences with different organisations and industries have helped strengthen her resume. “Work experience is all about showing what you can do in the hopes that in may lead to a job or give you a contact to put on your resume” says Aimme.
Aimme believes that there is no greater experience than being an intern, it will give you great insight into your chosen career or industry.
You can follow Aimme on Twitter here You can also follow the Western Bulldogs Football Club on Twitter here. Aimme wrote this profile on Western Bulldogs assistant coach Brett Montgomery.
“With every internship there is meeting new people, that is vital within this industry, it’s all about who you know and interning is the best way to show people what you can do and build your own name within the industry.
It’s always hard entering the work place as an intern you’re not going to be perfect to start off with that all comes with time and trying different things. Interning helps create and shape you into the career person you will be, employers expect interns to make mistakes and we need to in order to learn. Never be scared to try something new or ask a question because that’s what employers expect you to do in order for you to learn and grow.
So just go out there and try no matter what you have to do or even if you think you won’t get the job there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Erin Doyle, 22, loves to travel and see live music. She’s already backpacked her way around Europe for three months, and has seen many live music acts varying in genre from Pink, rapper The Game and Aussie band, Little Red.
Erin’s ultimate goal and dream job is to become a magazine editor. But ideally, Erin would love to be a features, lifestyle or entertainment writer or editor.
Since September last year, Erin has been interning at Cosmopolitan magazine one day a week. Coming from Wollongong, Erin has to travel an hour and a half each way just to get to her internship in Sydney.
Cosmopolitan magazine is what some women would describe as the ‘bible’ and, is the world’s biggest selling magazine. There is no doubt that Erin’s experience and, current internship with Cosmopolitan will set her apart from other graduates applying for publishing positions.
It was during high school that Erin first decided she wanted to work in magazines. After doing some research, Erin discovered that “the majority of people who had my dream job started off through doing work experience.”
As a way to get her foot in the door, Erin applied to many publications in her first year at university. She ended up doing work experience with Cosmopolitan and Girlfriend magazines.
Doing a week’s work experience at Cosmopolitan must have been a dream come true, as Erin has been reading the magazine since she was 15 years old.
After finishing her work experience with Cosmopolitan and Girlfriend magazines, confirmed Erin’s belief that she was on the right career path. “If one industry could be the perfect fit for a person…this one is for me.” Erin kept in touch with Cosmopolitan and was invited back to do further work experience with the magazine.
Although Erin didn’t know anyone in the industry initially, she says that she wouldn’t have known about her current internship with Cosmopolitan, if it weren’t for her continued work experience at the magazine. Erin says that she is,
“Proof that getting an internship without initially knowing someone can be done…networking is crucial when trying to pursue a career in this industry and work experience [or] internships is a great way of meeting people and building contacts.”
Eventually, one of the Cosmopolitan interns left and Erin put her hand up for the role. She says landing her intern position was a “combination of hard work and good timing…without being there, I never would have known about the vacancy.”
Erin knows how lucky she is to be interning with Cosmopolitan, because “it’s also part of ACP – Australia’s biggest publishing company so it’s a great way to network and find out about jobs at other mags in the same company before anyone else.”
Now interning one day a week at Cosmopolitan, Erin says her jobs can vary each week. The tasks she has been asked to do include, “transcribing interviews, typing, doing research for articles, hitting the streets to conduct vox pops, thinking up questions for upcoming interviews and the occasional coffee run.”
Erin has also been asked to write articles for the magazine, one of which was published in the recent August issue. She has also been apart of a photo shoot, covered Editorial Co-ordinator, Gyan Yankovich’s desk when she’s away and has helped beauty editor, Leigh Campbell clean out the beauty cupboard. After which, Erin was given a bag of beauty goodies, one of the many perks of working at a magazine!
Erin explains that Cosmopolitan is a amazing and friendly environment to work in, nothing like The Devil Wears Prada but that the women working at Cosmopolitan work extremely hard. “I get to be around some pretty talented women who I’ve learnt quite a few skills from” she says.
All of Erin’s experience at Cosmopolitan and Girlfriend magazines will definitely be an advantage after she graduates from university and applies for publishing jobs.
Erin has been able to put what she’s learnt at university into practice, while at the same time she is close to her dream job of working for a magazine.
Her passion and enthusiasm has gotten Erin to where she is today.
It really proves to every student out there, that with persistence and a willingness to show that you want to learn and help out more than once, you will eventually be rewarded for your efforts.
I can only imagine the feeling Erin had when she saw her name printed at the end of an article that she wrote published in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Erin’s advice for students wanting to apply for work experience in magazines:
“I definitely recommend trying to get as much as work experience as possible and ideally an internship. You learn so much that they don’t teach you at university, make invaluable contacts and it puts you so far ahead of your peers when competing against them for jobs in the future. Start as early as possible and don’t be afraid to apply to as many places as possible. Competition for internships (especially in magazines) is strong and rejection is inevitable but don’t let that get you down. Just keep knocking on doors and eventually someone will open it. Then do whatever it takes once you’re there to prove yourself.”
You can read Erin’s article in the August issue of Cosmopolitan by clicking on this link: Erin Cosmo page – co0811YOUtwitter
Look out for Erin’s article in the November issue of Cosmopolitan (it will be her first paid article).
Welcome to ‘My Interning Life’This blog is simply about university students who are interning in the media industry. Each week interns will be profiled and talk about where they work and what they do. This blog has been created in an effort to encourage other university students who have not done work experience to get out there and do it. It is well known that work experience in the industry will help you stand out against other graduates without experience.
A little about me:
My name is Aubrey and I am 22 years old. I have been attending La Trobe University since mid 2008. I started off by doing two single subjects and then applied for a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Half way through ’09 I decided to apply for a transfer into a Bachelor of Media Studies.
I am currently finishing off my Bachelor of Media Studies, majoring in journalism. I plan to graduate at the end of 2012.
Throughout my studies I have always thought about doing work experience in the media industry.
I always thought about it, but never actively applied for anything. Until the beginning of this year, I decided to set some goals for myself.
- To get an internship or work experience
- To get published
- Sign up for twitter
- Get a Blog
I can proudly say I have achieved all of those things before the year was half way over!
What motivated me most was sitting in my first broadcast journalism tute. Our tutor went around the room for introductions. He asked us what course we were studying and to raise our hands if we had done any work experience in the industry. I was surprised to find that 4 out of 25 students raised their hands.4 out of 25
These were final year students. I suppose I am lucky in some respect because I am behind in my studies. I should be in my final year, but due to dropping subjects and taking a semester off, I have the luxury of doing more work experience while I am still at university.
The majority of the 25 students in class that day, also admitted that they did not know what they wanted to do when they finished their course in nine months.So how did I come across my internship?
In February my brother’s girlfriend Eden, referred me on to Shereen Kiddle.
Shereen has her own PR company and has since joined with Kellie Langmaid to form Milk Kiddle Langmaid PR.
When Eden told me to send Shereen an email, I didn’t think I would be accepted. I felt very nervous writing an email to her, explaining I had no knowledge of public relations but was willing to learn.
Shereen replied instantly and all formalities went out the window. I quickly learnt that PR girls always end their emails with a kiss ‘x’ or two.
I started in March and have been going to Shereen’s home office every week since.
I guess its that old saying, “its who you know, not what you know.” And in some regards, this is very true. Eden is an editor for a group of magazines and Shereen would send her press releases relating to those publications.
I love working at Milk Kiddle Langmaid PR. Each week there is something different to do, or follow up on. Shereen’s home office is always interesting. I am not the only intern; there are about six other girls who help out on different days.
Of course the office does sometimes get a bit loud and we do take time out to gossip and talk about our personal lives.
Interning each week has made me think about my career options. I am not entirely set on who I want to work for. I just want to write for the media, whether it is for a magazine, newspaper, online publication or PR company.