What I learnt as an intern at Bleach* Festival
Trust me when I say that work experience is the most important opportunity to take whilst studying at University.
One of the things I love about Griffith is that it’s compulsory to undertake at least one internship or placement throughout your time of study. The importance of gaining experience, networking, and just being present in the field of your choice is vital for establishing connections and preparing for graduation (and I’m so glad Griffith understands this too).
I was enthused by the broad nature of my Bachelor of Public Relations and Communications (minoring in Journalism) degree. Personally, I’ve always had a passion for live music, events, and festivals, which I have been lucky enough to incorporate throughout my degree in assignments and essays. These passions stemmed from my experience in music and radio-announcing, but grew even fonder by interning with the incredible team behind the Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival.
My internship so far has been nothing short of amazing. There is truly something magical about working within a team of like-minded individuals who share the same passions as you. As a uni student I think this bigger picture can sometimes be forgotten as we cram for exams or stress over due dates. Working behind the scenes at the Bleach* office has taught me so many new skills in social media marketing, online content creation, and event organisation, while also allowing me to make use of other skills I have learnt on my tertiary journey.
From day one, the team welcomed me with open arms. I really didn’t know what to expect from interning but what I did know was that I was excited to take the leap. My worries of being a burden in a foreign workplace almost instantly disappeared once I met the team and started working. I also have my internship to thank for the opportunity to work as a Bleach* Ambassador throughout the festival. The team have considered my interests, and allocated me positions working with musicians and punters alike (which I cannot wait to get stuck in to!).
If you’re not aware, Griffith University have just announced a three-year partnership with Bleach* Festival, creating opportunities for students across a variety of disciplines. Whether you’re a Business, Communications or even Creative Arts major, upcoming Griffith students will be able and encouraged to undertake beneficial work experience within the festival. I’ve really adored the personalisation of my internship thus far and I’m so excited for future students to follow in my footsteps.
My internship has definitely been the most rewarding and hands-on subject that I have taken throughout my degree. Live music, events, and festivals are my calling – and having the opportunity to watch my hard work come to life this Bleach* season will be unlike anything else. Regardless of if you have a passion for the festival and music industry or not, I truly believe that this internship has something for everyone and cannot recommend it enough.
Bleach* Festival runs from the 17th – 28th of April this year, featuring a tonne of fantastic arts, dance, live music, and cultural acts from the Gold Coast and all over Australia.
It’s well worth coming to support some awesome Griffith alumni, team members, and performers as we kick off another year of Bleach*. I can’t wait to see you all there!
By Julia Langton