Who was your internship with?
My internship was with Tern Television Productions Ltd (TernTV) which works in the non-scripted market; specialising in talent led features and factual formats, documentary and specialist factual and international co-productions.
How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about my internship on the University’s Career Development Centre website, as part of The Stirling Internship Programme, where I applied and then was accepted.
What do you see as the benefits of an internship with a smaller organisation?
What I really loved about this internship is the fact that I was genuinely part of the team. I think with a lot of internships at bigger companies you are expected to take a back seat, and learn by watching, but even on my first day, I was put to use, and I was kept busy from then on. It was fantastic to see how everything I learnt at university applied in the workplace.
How do you think the internship has helped towards planning your future career?
Absolutely. The experience and skills I learned at Tern TV will be so beneficial when it comes to future work. I have gained a lot of skills that I would not have had the chance to get without this internship, and everyone took the time to teach me. I have also made some great contacts, which will be tremendously helpful when it comes to my future career.
What did you enjoy most about the internship?
Getting to see programmes that I worked on air on TV.
What skills do you feel you gained from the internship experience?
It was a great chance to see what it is really like to work in television, and to experience the day-to-day work that goes into making a production happen. One of the fantastic parts of the internship was getting the chance to work on three different projects, each at different stages.
Getting to work on projects that were just starting out and ones which were coming to an end meant that I got a really full view of the different aspects of production coordination, from pre-production all the way through to the post-production process. I really enjoyed the production process, from finding weird props to putting together call sheets. The post-production work has always seemed like it should be one of the most boring parts of the job, but getting to log the release forms, and then the footage, actually became one of my favourite things about the job. There have been lots of new things that I learned along the way, aspects of production that you do not have to consider when you are putting together a film for university. A big part of the job, when it comes to shoots, revolves around travel and accommodation, which is something that you simply do not have to consider as a student.
What advice would you give students considering applying for an internship through this programme next year?
Try to get as much experience as you can while you are at university, it will really make your application stand out. It is ok to feel inexperienced though – the people who offer you internships want to help you to learn.
Please summarise your experience as an intern.
I learned so much during my internship, and I think that they have given me a great debut into the television industry. I was pretty sure that I was going into the career and industry I wanted, and this has just confirmed it for me. I have had a great experience and could not have asked for a better opportunity coming straight out of university. Coming out of this internship, I feel like I will have a much better chance at pursuing a career in this industry, and I cannot wait to build on the experiences that I have had as I go on to other work.