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: 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.