My Interning Life: Aubrey Hamlett

Hi Everyone!

How time flies – I can remember reading about the ABC Cadetship at this same time last year. I hope that all the journalism graduates of 2012 apply for the position.

I won’t be applying for the cadetship. “But you are majoring in JOURNALISM! WHY NOT?!”

Yep that’s correct but it doesn’t mean that I want to be a hard news journalist on the beat somewhere in regional Australia working for the ABC. Don’t get me wrong, working at the ABC is a huge deal but I always saw myself working for a glossy magazine.

Many people ask me why I major in journalism. Well it’s simple. I’m doing a Bachelor of  Media Studies and we had to pick one major out of three steams; journalism, video and television or radio. I knew I didn’t want to do radio, and knew that journalism was the most logical option.

However I initially began a video and television major, but that stream was all about making your own short films or docos. Not the making the news, current affairs type programs. So I switched to journalism.

A lot of people also ask me what I want to do when I grow up. Well, that’s not so simple. I’m a piscean, I tend to change my mind – a lot.

Last year when I started this blog I was featuring a lot of graduates and tried to picture how it would feel to only have a few weeks to go with my university degree.

Well I’m now in that position and it’s week seven at my university which means I only have six weeks left. It’s a bit of a scary thought to be actually finishing my university degree after it’s taken so long to get here. I don’t mean that it’s taken me three years, I have been at La Trobe since mid 2008. So I think I’m ready to get my degree, I’m just scared of the unknown that is 2013.

A year ago I wouldn’t have imagined that I’d have been a paid PR Account Manager, gone to Cosmopolitan magazine, interned with Universal Music Australia (and turned down comp Lady Gaga tickets) and I certainly wouldn’t have imagined that I’d be going into September hoping that Melbourne Storm make it into the NRL Grand Final.

2012 started off well and then became a bit rocky in the middle and now, it’s all better again. I’ve definitely had a stressful winter trying to juggle interning, paid work and organizing my sister’s Hen’s Night. Oh and trying to catch up with friends and family.

I’ve enjoyed my time at Melbourne Storm immensely. I’m now in charge of the live chat via our website on Game Days, something I thought I would never get to do. I barely knew anything about rugby league six months ago, and now I know a lot more. My boss, Dan, is actually leading the way in the digital media area. He utilizes every social media possible, I’m definitely learning from the best.

The best thing that I have done this year was send Dan an email on the fly asking for a position. I think that I’ve finally found something that I enjoy and realistically picture myself doing. I’ve had to give up on a teenage dream (cue Katy Perry singing in my head) of being a features writer for Cosmo and working in the magazine industry.

I am still interested in PR but I am leaning towards a career in communcations/ digtial/ media type roles within the sports industry.

I wouldn’t have come to this decision without 18 months straight of interning. It’s crucial to get out there and experience the real world and see what the work place is really like.

An internship or work experience is essential for students wanting to score a full time job in the industry once they’ve graduated. The experiences you have will make your application stand out to a prospective employer than a student with none at all.

So here’s my advice if you’re a budding journalist, writer, radio producer, filmmaker, PR spin doctor…or whatever you damned well want to be because its your life and, you are entitled to change your mind a few times!

1. Create a blog and regularly post on it and use this as your own online profile. Get published (online magazine upstart edited by LTU students is a great start), get on Twitter – it will be your best networking tool to connect with your chosen industry.

2. Be Pro-active. Find an internship or work experience before your final year at university. Keep knocking on that door until somebody says yes, even if it means going to a regional newspaper or radio station. You’ll thank yourself in the end, make contacts in the industry and ultimately decide if its what you want a career in.

While I’d be perfectly happy to be an intern for a little while longer, I do want to start my full time (paid!) career. I’ve had varied experiences and hopefully this will help me stand out when I apply for jobs.

So here it is folks, my goal for 2013 is to get a job working in the media department of a sports organization. I know that this won’t be an easy task and it may take me a while.

I was recently told that once I’ve put in the ground work, serendipity helps everything fall into place.

So let’s pray for some serendipity.

Wish me luck x MIL x

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My Interning Life: Game Day

I reguarly attend Melbourne Storm Game Days when I can. I really enjoy working at Game Days because I get to see how Melbourne storm on the field and off the field operates.

One of my tasks during the game is to take photos of the live action for facebook half time and full time posts. Melbourne Storm were playing against Wests Tigers last week in round 14 and this photo I took of winger Matt Duffie in the second half was so fitting. Storm were down, tired and defending well but they had just had a penalty against them and Matt was shaking his head. This photo comes to life for me when I look at it – I can see Matt’s emotions, his heavy breathing and the crowd reeling.

Melbourne Storm lost to the Wests Tigers 6-10.

 

 


Intern Profile: Dion Bennett

Dion Bennett is a firm believer in the philosophy, “you only get out what you put in.” This rings true as Anthony is a Bachelor of Marketing student at La Trobe University, but has a strong passion for sports journalism.

Dion is currently interning at Sports Geek, which Anthony describes as a specialised company that focuses on digital media and marketing techniques that help sporting organisations connect with fans.

“It’s an exciting area to be a part of, as the growth of digital media and social networking opening up new areas for sporting organisations to explore and take advantage of to build their brands,” says Dion.

Dion’s dream job is to one day write for Sports Illustrated magazine and says his idol American Football writer Peter King is the person he looks up to and aspires to be.

After seeing a retweet about Sports Geek by someone he followed, Dion looked at the Sports Geek website and got in touch with its creator, Sean Callanan.

“I met Sean and it went pretty much as expected; my head spinning with the frequency at which he was just dropping knowledge bombs,” says Dion.

It seems Dion struck luck after being nocked back from several niche companies for internships. Sean met with Dion and was impressed by his computer and writing skills that he granted Dion an internship position at Sports Geek.

“The first day at Sports Geek was nerve-racking but exciting. On a daily basis, Sean works with sporting pros like they’re old friends. The vast amount of experience [Sean] had made me think…if I can learn half of what he knows, I’ll be well on my way to forging a remarkable career,” says Dion.

On a weekly basis, Dion’s tasks in the Sports Geek office are writing a weekly blog post on news from the sports digital scene, evaluate what Sport Geek’s clients have done in the past week and liaising with clients about new strategies.

Dion also helps with editing news and opinion based articles to be published on Sports Geek, creating or editing integrated marketing communications plans and research and communication with prospective clients.

Dion says he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Sports Geek and feels like a fan who goes into work and helps create strategies for his favourite sports organizations. He hopes that working with the Sports Geek team will help him stand out to prospective employers.

He also credits Twitter as a helpful tool because without it he wouldn’t have found his internship or been published on AFL Space and NBA Down Under (Dion is the editor and columnist for the Australian based NBA Down Under site) and of course Sports Geek.

Rather than sticking to one profession, Dion says he is now broadening his horizon and will utilize his skills in social media, sport and writing to settle into the right career path for him.

“What I’ve learnt from Sean and the Sports Geek ethos, is that careers can be an organic thing, where they grow and change depending on the social and economical context you work within,” says Dion.

When it comes to interning, Dion says he would love to do work experience with a sports magazine because of his passion for sport journalism. Working at Sports Geek shows Dion that it takes persistence, dedication and passion to break into the industry and start working towards your goals.

“Don’t be shy. Contact as many people and companies you can, but don’t just ask for it. Send them some work and really tell them about your strengths so that they think they need you as a part of the team. There are so many talented students out there that you have to stand out from the crowd,” says Dion.

“Work hard to hone your skills and have a great knowledge and creativity in the area you want to succeed in. Other than that, my advice would be: work hard, show prospective employers you are willing to go the extra mile and, if the first company doesn’t offer you a part-time internship, jump back on the horse and keep looking.”

You can follow Dion and Sports Geek on twitter.
You can also contribute to the NBA Down Under website that Dion edits by clicking here