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

CFC Digital Content Producer Applicants

Collingwood Football Club Digital Content Producer Applicants

As you may have heard the Collingwood Football Club is looking for a Digital Content Producer. My Interning Life is proud to announce that Luke Mason, Ashleigh McIntosh and Anne Fedorowytsch have all applied.

My Interning Life wishes all the best to the applicants.

You can follow Luke on Twitter
You can follow Ashleigh on Twitter
You can follow Anne on Twitter

Intern Profile: Ashleigh McIntosh

Instead of spending her university holidays taking a break, Ashleigh McIntosh flew from Brisbane to Melbourne to complete a two-week internship with the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

“As I want for work for an AFL club it seemed ideal and I wanted to start getting my name out and building my brand in Melbourne” says Ashleigh.

Ashleigh paid for her own accommodation and navigated her way around Melbourne’s transport system to get to the footy club in West Footscray.

While at the footy club, Ashleigh helped write stories, match previews and reports for online and print media. She also helped coordinate press conferences and interviews and assisted with social media.

However, this isn’t the first internship Ashleigh has completed.

Over the past few years while studying her Bachelor of Journalism (Marketing and Sports Management) degree at Griffith University, Ashleigh has completed a total of 10 internships.

“My uncle is a journalist and always insisted that work experience is just as important if not more than a degree,” says Ashleigh.

Ashleigh has completed three internships with The Courier Mail Sports Department, two with the Brisbane Lions Football Club, The Brisbane Roar, AFL Queensland and Football Queensland. As well as helping out with Media Training for Athletes, and of course most recently, Ashleigh worked with the Western Bulldogs.

Ashleigh is enthusiastic about gaining experience in her chosen industry to say the least.

“While ten seems a bit obsessive I am certainly glad I put in the extra effort…plus internships are the fun part of [a] media degree,” says Ashleigh.

From her various internships, Ashleigh has found confidence in her writing and in herself. She also says the positive feedback she receives from her experiences have cemented her belief that she has chosen the right profession.

“I am lucky enough to know the exact type of role I want and hopefully am building the experience that I need to stand out,” says Ashleigh.

Although Ashleigh had family connections in getting her work experience started, she recommends being proactive in seeking out experience.

“Make yourself known in the media industry while still at university,” says Ashleigh.

Using social media helps Ashleigh connect with the media industry and her fellow competitors in Melbourne. It also helps showcase her online portfolio to prospective employers and be able to further network within the industry.

“Most of my competition will be Melbourne students who are equally obsessed with AFL and it is quite easy to find and communicate with them via Twitter,” says Ashleigh.

Ultimately, Ashleigh wants to work in the media department of an AFL club or as a sports journalist. From her experiences, Ashleigh has found she prefers a combined media and public relations type role.

Ashleigh says she originally wanted to work in a sports newsroom but wants to be able to write, conduct interviews and also to be involved with crisis management and building a brand.

Despite being a self-confessed “footy tragic” Ashleigh is also a girlie girl and loves being social with her friends and family.

Ashleigh has no regrets about doing so many internships, as she is a firm believer in learning on the job rather than in the classroom.

“I don’t think you could realistically get a decent job without experience. The media industry is hugely competitive. Internships are also a fun way to develop your writing and interviewing skills and get a backstage look into an industry that you are interested in,” says Ashleigh.

“Get a resume together and a portfolio (whether online or not) and send them in to any company that you would want to intern with. It is like searching for a job, it can be a bit hit and miss, but it is definitely possible to find internships.”

You can follow Ashleigh on Twitter and visit her online portfolio
Ashleigh has also applied for the Collingwood Football Club Digital Content Producer position. You can view her application here

Intern Profile: Morgan Stewart

Morgan Stewart is an aspiring writer and passionate AFL lover. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) at the University of Ballarat.

Combining her two loves, Morgan currently blogs for Herfooty a website for AFL, written by women for women. Morgan is also the Assistant Editor for her university’s student magazine, Hotch Potch.

“Herfooty is a website and social media tool designed for women who love AFL”, says Morgan. “They keep fans up to date with scores etc via social media, and with articles and merchandise on the website.”

Although Morgan submits her articles online to Herfooty, she finds this fits in perfectly with juggling her Hotch Potch editorial duties, university studies, part time job and social life.

Morgan says that interning is crucial in building her portfolio to get a job after she graduates. “There’s no way that you can just complete your degree and expect to walk in to a job”, says Morgan.

From her internship with Herfooty, Hotch Potch and previous work experiences with the Sunbury Leader, Morgan has made useful contacts and gained invaluable industry experience.

Morgan says the more experience she has had, the more confident she has become in her writing.

Another invaluable tool that Morgan has used to gain contacts and network is Twitter. Twitter is where Morgan found out about Herfooty and contacted them via their Twitter account about writing for the website.

Without creating her Twitter account, Morgan wouldn’t have found her current internship or be in touch with the media industry. “The best thing any Journalism, Media, PR, Communications student can do [is] get a twitter account” says Morgan.

Not only is Twitter and useful tool, Morgan recommends interning and getting hands on experience in your chosen media industry. Morgan says that interning is the best way to gain experience that can open so many doors to other opportunities.

“It’s not enough to just turn up to uni, do the work and that’s it”, explains Morgan.

In an effort to gain more experience, Morgan will be completing work experience with The Ballarat Courier in October.

Ideally, Morgan wants to work in print journalism, whether it is in AFL, youth news or current affairs. However Morgan says she is also open to the idea of working in magazines and can picture herself living in Sydney working on Park St.

But ultimately, Morgan’s passion for AFL and the Collingwood Football Club is what she dreams about “I would be a very happy person if my future job involved writing and the AFL.”

Morgan is definitely on her way to turning that dream into reality.

“Do it. In an industry like this, which is so difficult to crack, you only get out what you put in. Interning and work experience is such an important tool in gaining experience and contacts. And as we all know, contacts are so important. Also, don’t feel dejected and give up if you don’t get one that you apply for, it’s bound to happen in an industry with such high competition”, says Morgan.

“Just continue to apply, and apply and apply. If it’s what you love, and it’s what you want to do, don’t be afraid to work hard and put yourself out there. You’ll regret it if you don’t, and you’ll be thanking yourself for years if you do. Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP. Despite what anyone says, you can do it.”

You can follow Morgan, Herfooty and Hotch Potch on Twitter. 
You can also read all of Morgan’s published work on her website

Intern Profile: Luke Mason

Luke Mason has a black and white philosophy; “hard work will always stand out, and you’ll go nowhere without it.”

To say Luke is lucky is an understatement. The 20-year-old university student currently interns with the Collingwood Football Club, one of Australia’s most successful sporting clubs on and off the field.

Sport is Luke’s passion and says that he’s “prepared to do [whatever] it takes to be successful.” He found he had a passion for sports writing, when he started publishing online articles for an unofficial Collingwood fan page in 2004.

Luke says that his dream job is constantly changing, and isn’t ruling out the idea of being a sports journalist. But ideally he wants to be a communications manager for an AFL club.

Collingwood FC had never taken on an intern position before, so Luke had no expectations when he asked his contact at the footy club about a possible internship.

Being a Collingwood supporter his whole life, Luke was excited about the prospect of interning at his beloved footy club. “[Collingwood] has two distinct branches, the on field and off the field, that work towards the common goal, and heavily influence each other.”

On Luke’s first day at the footy club, Collingwood player Leigh Brown asked him where another co-worker was, as if he was just another person part of the club. Although Luke was nervous on his first day, he was put at ease and found everyone to be welcoming. The fact that he knew a few familiar faces was also a great help.

On a weekly basis, Luke helps out in the Collingwood FC media department by completing the Match Day Program, he also wrote articles about up coming milestones, previews of VFL games and also researched how other AFL clubs utilize social media.

Luke also attended VFL games and conducted live chat commentaries about games on the Collingwood FC website using the Cover It Live program. “It’s something that no other club does and it’s something that I think really adds to what the club can do for its supporters” Luke explains.

A highlight for Luke during his time interning with Collingwood FC, is that he has been able to interview some of his Collingwood heroes for the Match Day Program. So far he has interviewed, John Greening, Shane Morwood, Doug Gott, Mick McGuane, Tarkyn Lockyer and Simon Prestigiacomo (links are to Luke’s work).

Luke is putting into practice his journalism skills in the interviews he conducts, by getting his interviewees to expand on the key moments in their football careers. “It’s really rewarding, because a number of those players I grew up watching each week, or on old videos, so to interview them one on one is a bit of a thrill” says Luke.

Luke says the Collingwood media department is a great working environment, and is a “real eye opener as to the standard of work ethic and ability you need to possess to cut it in a full time job in the industry.”

The way his co-workers have treated Luke has helped him feel part of the team and valued. “It’s at an organization I have such a passion for…any opportunity at a place like [Collingwood] is incredibly precious to me” says Luke.

Anything that Luke is contributing to Collingwood FC is his way of repaying the footy club and the people that afforded him the opportunity. Luke is savoring every moment and absorbing everything he has learned at the footy club.

While juggling university, part time work, an internship, attending AFL games and several 21st birthday parties, Luke has been able to find a balance between his personal and professional life.

He is expecting to graduate from Monash University with a Bachelor of Professional Communications (Public Relations and Journalism) at the end of this year.

Luke’s advice for students who want to intern with a sport organization:

“Go for it! You lose nothing by trying and getting rejected or told that there are no opportunities at a particular organization. If you’re passionate about your industry, you’re likely to have some form of experience in it at some level already”, says Luke.

“It’s the best way to learn and meet people who are relevant to your profession, and it’s a great feeling to be involved in improving or servicing something you’re passionate about. Like everything else, it’s what you make of it!”

You can follow Luke and the Collingwood Football Club on Twitter. 

You can also read Luke’s article about Collingwood’s decision to have a stand alone VFL team.