Week 2: Emma Hastings, Wales Millenium Centre
Week two of the internship program is well and truly underway at WMC (Wales Millennium Centre)! Where to start?
It’s been a great first couple of weeks; I’ve been working as part of the development team to help fundraise for the Centre’s extensive charitable work. The team is split into smaller sub-sections: Corporate, Individual giving, and Trust and Foundations. Each of which I’ll be supporting for a ‘taster’ three-month period but have been working primarily within Trust and Foundations with my line manager Mike.
The team is lovely – and really understanding of my severe lack of knowledge of all things fundraising. The Centre, being the National Arts Centre of Wales is constantly a buzz of activity. Within the first two weeks there’s been an opening launch of the Nelson Mandela exhibition for Black History Month – a great opportunity to meet some of the sponsors and members and see how the space can be used at the Centre. Also it’s been Health and Well-being Week consisting of massages, body MOT’s and walks, and my most favourite team tradition - the Friday morning Gregg’s run!
It has been a blast – and work is well underway researching different trusts that have potential for supporting the WMC and getting to grips with the aims and the multiple outreach programmes already happening! I’m excited to have started my own proposal (with help!) for their Creative Learning Programme; ‘Behind the Platfform’.
Watch this space!
Week 1: Megan Stokes, Theatr Clwyd
The reason this internship interested me is that it I wanted to take my passion for the arts and inspire the public to appreciate it as much as I do. A career in fundraising seemed like the perfect place to do that.
Before the internship started, I had little experience of fundraising. Week one is complete, and I already feel like I know loads more than when I started.
I was thrilled to find out that I had been matched with Theatr Clwyd as I have visited many times in the past.
I am working in a small department with Daniel, Claire and Amy who are very encouraging and have welcomed me into their team. On day one, we did a ‘meet and greet’ with the cast of ‘Thick as Thieves’ where I received a round of applause which was a very fitting theatrical introduction on my first day!
The main things I learnt in my first week have been how to develop relationships with customers and learn about them as individuals. I also learnt how to research companies to see whether they could be potential donors or sponsors.
The highlights of my week were seeing a performance of ‘Lord of the Flies’ after work and attending a rehearsal event for ‘Thick as Thieves’. This was an event for members of Theatr Clwyd to see actors and directors rehearsing their scenes to get a deeper understanding of the theatre.