The internship experience was one of the most valuable things I have completed.
It has offered learnings and hands on experience that many students do not get within their course. Not only has it expanded on my knowledge gained from the course but it has also provided a platform for networking opportunities. It is a valuable insight into the extremely competitive industry and has only given us the skills, tools and contacts to further ourselves above others.
At Fox Footy everyone was very welcoming and it was an easy transition in terms of fitting into the organisational culture created by the team. Initially it was hard to find my place, it is a well-oiled machine there. The first couple of weeks was an introduction into the entire business to get a feel for the industry and to gain a further understanding of where I could see myself heading.
After spending time with the camera crew, audio and lighting, news crew, social media, digital and editing I found myself drawn to the production department in both the outside broadcasts and internal studio broadcasts as well as weekly shows.
Highlights were, attending my first outside broadcast, working on numerous show sets and in the control room, MVP awards night, NAB Rising Star, the NM Grand Final Day Breakfast and Grand Final week.
Having an input with the producer of On the Mark was a valuable experience, putting ideas forward of how the run sheet could look including all elements for the show in each section considering time allowances for intro’s, outro’s and commercial breaks
Feedback from producers were all positive, highlighting my proactiveness and enthusiasm, also my football knowledge and understanding of storylines, news and players.
Table Tennis Victoria is a very small team of three staff members - CEO, Club and Events Officer and State Development Officer, which meant there was a heavy reliance on the work I would be doing for the organisation. It was a little overwhelming but at the same time very exciting and exhilarating knowing the work I was doing was so important and valued.
I was tasked with implementing a social media strategy so a major portion of my first weeks was spent benchmarking their social media platforms whilst looking after all social platforms and providing content.
My skills and knowledge surrounding social media and marketing were held in high regard. A major move for the business was implementing the Pulse Pub League which saw the implementing of a social pub league to gain a further interest and following of the sport.
Creating the TTV overarching social media and marketing strategy saw the skills and knowledge developed throughout the duration of the course help.
I currently have two job applications being reviewed, ‘coincidently’ both as a result of the internships. I was recommended to apply for the Women in Sports Media Graduate Program with Fox Sports by their HR manager and will possibly be moving to Sydney in the following year.
Additionally, the second job application is with Table Tennis Victoria for the Participation and Programs Officer role based at MSAC.
Either role will be a blessing, this next month will prove to be very interesting in terms of which pathway I head down.