My Interning Life: Aubrey Hamlett

Hi everyone, thanks for reading another post on ‘My Interning Life.’ This week I’m just going to update you all on what I’ve been doing and sharing some news that I have.

In October, I went along to the Heart/Def Leppard concert because our client, Kristian Attard was playing the bass for Heart. My boss, Shereen loved the concert and we both had a great time. I helped out by getting publicity for Kristian and some airplay on radio stations.

I’ve just finished university for year and have immediately started working 2-3 days a week at Milk Kiddle Langmaid (aka Milkk PR). Shereen said that November is her busiest month and she needed me to help her out more than just one day per week. So there goes my holidays – just kidding. I was planning to catch up on some sleep and be a bit of a couch potato, but it seems life has other plans for me.

As Cliff Bingham said to me on twitter, “‎The perils of moving on up in the world. Couch potatoes rarely realise their dreams.”

In the next few weeks, the Milkk PR office is going to be busy with Sexpo Melbourne (24th-27th November) and launching the new Beyond Hibiscus Infused Coconut Water. During Sexpo, we will also be looking after Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee. You know, the lady who reportedly was the other woman in Sandra Bullock’s divorce with Jesse James. Bombshell is going to be on the Kyle and Jackie O show today (Sydney breakfast show, Melbourne drive show) promoting Sexpo and discussing plenty other things.

Featured intern, Aimme Briggs has gone to Sydney with Shereen to help with Bombshell’s appearance on the Kyle and Jackie O show.

I’ve been mostly working on getting media buzz around the Beyond product, Kiddie Concepts and Slim Secrets while Aimme has been working on Sexpo. I’ll also be helping out at Sexpo and I am very excited to meet Bombshell McGee. Stay tuned for tweets and photos.

I also applied for a work experience position at Cosmopolitan magazine. After a week of not hearing any news, I got an email from Gyan saying they’d love to have me in April next year. I was thrilled to hear the news. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a teenager to work in the Cosmopolitan offices, even if it’s just work experience.

Networking is really important and I’ve found twitter and this blog to be really helpful. I had an interview for another internship and am going to follow up some contacts about internships or work experience opportunities. I love working at Milkk and will continue to do so, but I want to try and gain some more experience in different media organisations.

If ‘My Interning life’ has taught me anything, it’s to get as much experience under your belt while you’re still at university. So I hope all of my blog entries each week really motivate and inspire other students to get out there and do some work experience. Or for those who are already doing some experience, to not lose faith and read about the successful graduates who have found jobs in the industry.

I am happy to announce that Luke Mason and Ashleigh McIntosh both scored jobs in communications at AFL Clubs. Luke will be the Collingwood Football Club Digital Content Producer and Ashleigh is the new Digital Marketing Assitant at the Western Bulldogs Football Club. As may have already read, Katey Power after interning at Universal Music Australia is now a PR Account Manager at Ellis-Jones. Matthew Dixon who was on this semesters editorial team for upstart magazine has just completed his third week as a journalist at the Kalgoorlie Miner Newspaper in WA. All four students are 2011 graduates.

When I congratulated Luke about his fabulous news he asked me, “so what job are you gonna pinch in 12 months time?” I don’t know the answer to that question and a lot can happen in a year. 2012 will be an exciting year and I hope its filled with opportunities and more stories of successful interns.

Perhaps in a year’s time, I’ll be able to announce my own news of a career in the media industry and share the news of other 2012 graduates.

Best of luck to everyone, please keep on interning and never give up in your search to find work experience or that dream job.

2012 will be the year that YOU make it work!

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
– Jim Rohn
 
 

Intern Profile: Remi Gordon

Remi

Meet Remi Gordon, she is a 18 year old Brisbanite turned Melburnian.

She blogs, she tweets, and her dream job is to work for Channel 10 or for a fashion magazine, “just like every other PR girl out there.”

Remi has just finished a two-month internship with online beauty and cosmetics company, Glamourflage

Remi is currently at RMIT studying a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations. She hopes to graduate in 2013.

Remi is in her first year at university and decided to start interning because she wanted to “gain a broader understanding of how the industry works.” Although working in the industry isn’t a requirement until her third year, Remi decided to start early.

She searched online but felt disheartened when she realised how competitive internships are. However, Remi was determined to put the theory she was learning at university into practice.

Luckily a friend at Remi’s university knew someone at Glamourflage who was looking for interns. Cosmetics and beauty are a girl’s dream to work in. So Remi took the opportunity and got in touch with the company.

On her first day at Glamourflage, the butterflies kicked in. Remi didn’t know what to expect and discovered she’d be working in a small office environment. “Working in a smaller team was beneficial because I got more responsibility” says Remi.

She worked closely with the Glamourflage team consisting of a marketing manager, accountant and import/export manager. She says it was a very laid back environment, “everyone was very casual in jeans and sneakers”, but expectations were still very high.

Remi interned at Glamourflage one to two days a week. Her official title was ‘social media intern’, where she looked after Glamourflage’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as assisting with blog writing on the website.

Although there are some shops that stock Glamourflage’s products, the majority of their orders come via the website. Remi had to pack orders for customers and respond to call-outs from magazine editors.

Like all university students, Remi had to learn how to juggle her work load with interning and casually working at a jewellery store. She said, “[it was] difficult at first…you have to be organized but my social life and uni (sic) grades weren’t affected negatively.”

Although Remi has finished interning with Glamourflage, she believes the experience was helpful and has now steered her in the direction of fashion and TV. She feels that beauty and cosmetics isn’t the area for her but she believes that, “any experience is good experience.”

Remi’s career ambition is to one day work in television, but says she’s more realistic in hoping to work at a PR firm with a variety of cliental.

Remi also hopes to do more work experience and interning, preferably in the area of business. “It’s really important in our industry to network and gain contacts so that one day you can use those to your advantage.”

Using Twitter has also helped Remi keep in touch with prospective employers,

    “I follow a lot of PR firms in Melbourne and try to interact with them where appropriate so that if the time comes that I wish to intern or apply for a job there, I have already put myself out there.”

Remi’s advice to fellow university students who are thinking about work experience or interning:

“Definitely just put yourself out there. I believe in giving things a go, and if you don’t try something, you’ll never know! Also, remember that you are there to LEARN, so don’t feel bad if something doesn’t turn out right the first or second time. Remember that the people you’re working with are professionals and have probably been in the industry for a while. Everything you do, you learn from, so even if you learn that you never want to work there again, you’ve still learnt something.”

 

Remi also has her own blog, Ardente Buttercup where she writes weekly posts titled, The Sunday Seven and Wordless Wednesday. You can also follow her on twitter