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.




My Interning Life: Aubrey Hamlett

This post is dedicated to all the people who have come across My Interning Life in the last month and who have been inspired to find an internship. I wish everyone the best in finding an internship and please don’t give up if you’ve been knocked back. Keep trying and luck will find you.

Because My Interning Life is having a one week holiday, here is an update on my own interning experience with Milk Kiddle Langmaid PR (aka Milkk PR).

Over the weekend I worked at the Hunkmania event for Milkk PR. Saturday marked six months since I began interning with Shereen once a week at her home office. The event was largely for hens and brides-to-be because Hunkmania is a male stripper group that entertain women in clubs across Melbourne.

Hunkmania wasn’t an event I had been working on, but I was happy to come along to the event and help out where I could. It was also ‘research’ because I will be planning a hens night for my sister who is getting married next august. When I say research, I mean I have never attended anything like Hunkmania and boy was it entertaining and shocking (in a good way).

Working for Milkk PR is certainly a unqiue experience to say the least. I have recently been working on a press release for Australian musician, Kristian Attard who is the bassist for Heart. Def Leppard are touring Australia next month with Heart as the support act. Kristian was referred on to Shereen to try and get him some publicity while he tours his home country on the Def Leppard/Heart tour.

More work that I have done at Milkk recently, has been updating press releases for our other clients such as Dr Leon and our super psychic, Susan Taylor. Milkk PR was also involved in the Cuppa for HeartKids High Tea held at the Grand Hyatt on August 25th. I did not attend the event but I am told that it was a fabulous afternoon with mums, celebrity chefs and cooking all in an effort to raise money for the HeartKids foundation.

I have also recently been working on the press release for the Bombshell Babes who will debut their act at Melbourne’s Sexpo. Lead by Bombshell McGee and her Penthouse Pets, Kimba and River, our aim was to get an exclusive with a social page, to promote the Bombshell Babes before their inaugural performance at Sexpo.

Well that’s about all for now. I hope everyone looks forward to the next intern profile which will be posted on Monday.

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Successful Intern Profile: Carlie Bonavia

Carlie Bonavia thought her dream job, as Fox FM’s newsreader was unbelievable. She didn’t think working as the newsreader for the Matt and Jo show would come so early in her radio career.

After graduating from Swinburne University in 2005 with a Post Graduate Diploma of Arts/Commercial Radio, Carlie worked in Lismore, NSW. She worked for commercial and talkback radio stations, writing and reading the news.

Carlie spent just over a year in Lismore, but found she wanted to explore more job opportunities. Carlie sent out demo tapes to radio stations, and one particularly to a Brisbane traffic reporter she’d befriended through myspace.

Carlie’s connection ended up referring her on to Nova Brisbane after being impressed with her demo.

“I didn’t think I had a chance in hell really, but I sent him my demo tape – he liked it so [he] decided to pass it on” Carlie explains.

After some phone interviews and a nervous couple of weeks waiting, Carlie got the job at Nova Brisbane. Carlie spent two years in the newsroom before accepting a transfer to Nova/Vega in Sydney.

Carlie stayed for nine months in Sydney before returning home to Melbourne to her current job, reading the morning news for the Matt and Jo show.

In her early high school years, Carlie decided she wanted to work as a journalist, and aimed to study journalism at RMIT. In her final year in high school Carlie found a love for radio, and started volunteering at SYN FM.

At SYN FM, Carlie hosted radio shows, did news shifts, and she helped produce and present on Channel 31.

Carlie’s work experience with SYN FM and Channel 31 would help build her folio in order to get into RMIT. Although Carlie didn’t get into her preferred journalism course, she was accepted into the Public Relations undergraduate course.

Carlie knew that PR wasn’t for her and deferred after a year of study and went on to study Arts/Commercial Radio at Swinburne.

During her time at university, Carlie began volunteering at Fox and Triple M radio stations, while continuing at SYN FM. Carlie was also required to do a two-week placement at a regional or provincial commercial radio station as part of her course.

Because of her volunteer work, Carlie was granted the chance to do some paid shifts with the Fox FM promotional team and helped answer phones on weekends for the Rove Live Radio and Hamish and Andy shows.

Carlie’s years of “loose networking” and building contacts helped her get the job she has today at Fox FM. The Fox news director already knew of Carlie and her talent from past demo tapes she’d sent in.

“Reading the news for Matt and Jo on Fox is the epitome of dream jobs for me” says Carlie.

Carlie’s job requires her waking up at 3am, and says switching her brain out of ‘news mode’ can sometimes be hard.

That’s where Carlie’s interests outside of her job, such as kickboxing and yoga, help her connect with friends and enjoy her life, despite going to bed at the same time as school children.

Carlie says her work experience has opened her eyes to other possible job opportunities, and without it she wouldn’t have discovered that radio was the right career path for her.

“My advice to students interested in radio would be to do as MUCH work experience as they can – not just in the specific areas they think they’re interested in, but other departments too.

A degree is great – but if you don’t have the hands on experience and industry understanding to go with it, you’re not as employable. And don’t just stick to the city stations – regional/provincial radio stations offer just as much valuable experience, even more so as you can be much more hands on there,” says Carlie.

“Facebook/Twitter is a great networking tool, when used in the right way. Don’t pester, don’t be put off if people don’t ‘add’ you – we like our privacy, email I think is the best way to be contacting radio people for feedback/advice – take on board what they say – show you’ve ‘actioned’ some of the advice they’ve given you and they’ll be more inclined to help you the next time.”

You can follow Carlie and the Matt and Jo show on twitter. 
If you are looking to gain some work experience, Carlie recommends contacting SYN FM and Channel 31