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Case study of a creative intern

Vicky Wheeler, a 23 year old freelance photographer and drama graduate from the University of Exeter was unemployed for 6 months before she discovered the advert for her current internship at the Architecture Centre in Bristol.   

On a day to day basis, Vicky helps out with a multitude of different tasks depending on what events are happening that day, most of her time is spent updating Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts, updating the company website, as well as documenting some of the Architecture Centre events and uploading these accounts to their website.

One of her most enjoyable tasks has been to create a festive advent calendar for the Architecture Centre’s social media pages.  “It’s a ‘guess the building’ game and I’ve been waiting for someone to get it right.  It’s on Twitter and Facebook, and yesterday was the first time that someone asked, ‘Can I have a clue?’ and got involved with it, so that was quite exciting.”

Having only started her internship in November, Vicky already feels that she understands a lot more about social media and the strategies behind it.  She has begun to analyse social media statistics and has found it interesting to gather that information and learn more about online trends.

Vicky feels that this programme would be a really good opportunity for anyone thinking about applying for an internship in the future. “It’s rare that you find anyone that’s going to let you get your foot in the door. Most people want you to have experience before you have even applied, so it’s so nice for somebody to give you that opportunity to learn.”

Christine Davies, Centre Manager at the Architecture Centre says:

“We are thoroughly enjoying working with Vicky, our new Digital Communications Assistant, who has brought energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to our small team. Vicky is extremely keen to learn and has made a valuable contribution to various areas of our work including social media, marketing, event support and documentation, and website updating. We are also benefiting from Vicky’s own knowledge and skills, particularly in the fields of social media and digital photography.”

 

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