Our students do a wide range of exciting internships and work experience during their degree programmes. They are often incredibly enterprising about securing these internships themselves, though the Department and the Careers and Skills Department also offer support to help students get their 'feet in the door' of the companies and organisations that they really aspire to work for. Read the accounts of some of our student interns below.
Hear from our students:
Charlotte Hancock (Year 3, Film and Literature)
Late last year I applied through BBC Careers for a few radio internships; not thinking that anything would come of it. In January, I had a call from Tim Collins (editor at the Jeremy Vine Show) asking if I would come in for a few weeks to work for them. For two weeks, in February, I worked as an intern and had the most amazing experience - working for both Jeremy Vine and Vanessa Feltz. My work consisted of research projects where I provided background information for upcoming segments and segments on the day, writing biographies for guests who would feature on the show's 'What Makes Us Human' segment as well as screening audience calls and transcribing or transferring them for the show. In addition to this, I attended the morning meetings and pitched news stories to feature on the show. After discussing ideas with Jeremy and the team I was able to appear on air three times in my second week – discussing driving instructor and student relationships, anti-depressants and a restaurant skit.
In just two weeks I was able to gain valuable experience into the news and current affairs industry, producing on air and off air content and access an inside look at how BBC radio works. The entire team was so helpful and kind and gave me lots of tips for my time there and for my time ahead. I would really encourage people to apply for BBC internships even if you feel like succeeding is unlikely; everything I gained from the experience was so valuable and has largely influenced where I see myself in the future.
Marguerite Durant de Saint Andre (Year 2, Film and Literature)
I worked 8 months at Les Arcs European Film Festival (or Le Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs) in Paris, and then 2 weeks at the ski station Les Arcs 1950 in the Alps. The festival aims at promoting independent European films and filmmakers. This year, they were particularly focussing on European women filmmakers.
My mission was divided in two parts. For the first four months, I was responsible for an academic platform for middle-school students in the Alp region. I had to select 50 films and write pedagogical material for the teacher and students to aid their cinematic approach. Each paper consisted in a synopsis, small biography of the director, key words, a film analysis and questions for the students. You can find attached hereby (in French) an example of what I did. When this was done, I had to sell it to schools and recollect feedback.
Four months before the start of the festival ( 10 - 17 December), I was working at the Film Department and I had to take care of selecting and watching the submitted shorts. Then, I worked with a colleague on the edition of the catalogue which consisted in traductions, pictures, writing synopsis, biographies etc. Later, I was in charge of bringing film teams to the festival. I was working with the Artistic Director Frederic Boyer (who also works for the Tribeca Film Festival!). I had to call actor agents and directors, book their flight and train tickets, book their hotel rooms, and welcome them and be there for any queries at the festival. During the events, I also helped curate Q&As and presentations during screenings.
The overall experience was extremely rich and demanded a lot of organisation, rigour, adaptation and hard-work.
Lillia Pavin-Franks (Year 2, Film and Literature)
At the start of the year, I was contacted by a fashion PR company who had seen the work I had done as Editor of the LINE (Warwick’s Fashion and Arts society) blog. They were looking for interns to write for their online magazine and wanted me to apply. Achieving one of the positions, I began writing for them in February, putting out two articles a week. The topics were given to me each week, which I was hesitant about at first as I was worried that I wouldn’t get the chance to have any creative input in them. However, when it came to writing the articles themselves I was given a lot of free reign, doing much of my own research. My work mainly consists of style guides and articles centred around the brands that the company represents, as well as occasionally reporting on events in the fashion industry. I was lucky enough to attend London Fashion week as part of my internship, to help connect with brands at the designer show rooms and work on LFW coverage for the website. Whilst there, I had the opportunity to meet some of the brands that I had been writing about and also introduce myself to new brands that the company was hoping to represent. For the website, my fellow intern and I conducted interviews with five designers. We had no warning about this, so all the questions were thought of on the day, which was a little hectic, but the interviews went well and we managed to get some great material.
I’ve found this experience to so beneficial, especially as fashion journalism is something I wish to pursue. This internship has given me the opportunity to experience this sort of writing in a more professional environment, learning about fashion as a business and not just a hobby. Going to LFW meant that I got to make some great contacts and work on my interviewing skills, something that was quite new to me. It’s such an amazing feeling to have your hard work published and to see your name on the by-line, and I’ve learned so much even in such a short space of time. The internship has solidified my passion for fashion journalism and I hope this is the start of many more great opportunities!
Liam Rogers (Year 2, Film Studies)
During the summer of 2016, I spent time working at the University of Buckingham Business School to gain experience and learn what it was like to work at a University. I shadowed a lecturer and the Business Enterprise course coordinator to learn about what it was like to construct a degree, teach a course and run the day to day proceedings at a higher education establishment. Mostly, I worked on marketing the Business Enterprise degree via social media. I was promoting the course for the university to outside institutions by advertising on facebook and twitter, contacting undergraduate promotional institutions, creating alumni material such as testimonies and leaflets, establishing their first live-streamed Q&A, creating a promotional video for the department and contacting local schools regarding promotional visits.
I found the experience beneficial as it allowed me to see the insanity behind the scenes of a university, a place where I would potentially like to work one day...! It really was helpful though as it gave me experience in a field I had never considered before in marketing. I got to work with different lecturers and ask questions about what their jobs are like and also learned some interesting information about business. I also got to interact with the students, most of whom were my age, and form great relationships with them. The creativity was extremely helpful to me as I was given free reign to work on projects that I thought could benefit the department and this freedom meant that not only did I gain relevant experience in film and media but also I enjoyed it! Working in the environment made me seriously consider a career as a lecturer so I would say it was definitely worth while.