10 July 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 39

Eleanor Prescott, Wales Millennium Centre

I can’t believe how fast the end of the internship is now approaching, and that this is my penultimate blog!  The hard work is still ongoing, and I have no intention of slowing down before finishing the 11 months. The 2017 Arts & Business Cymru Awards have now come and gone – I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of being part of such an event, and although Friday 23rd June was probably one of the longest days of my life – it was richly rewarding to have a hand in making possible a night celebrating the amazing partnerships between businesses and the arts in Wales. I have definitely discovered throughout the internship so far that I love being involved in events – I have since volunteered to assist our Events Officer (former A&B Cymru intern Ava!) in facilitating a supporter’s event that we are having for our Platinum and Gold Promise members next week. I will also be making use of my photography skills for the first time in a while and photographing the event for our social media channels.

The applications process for 2017/18 internships will be completed by the time this blog goes up, and I can’t stress enough to future interns preparing for their interviews how much experience they will gain from this programme – I firmly believe it’s the best internship out there within the arts in Wales. Around this time last year I was preparing for my own interview - reading the previous interns blogs to learn more about arts fundraising in Wales. I quickly became excited by the prospect of a graduate position that not only fit with the skillset I had developed throughout my degree, but also offered me a route into the sector I was most passionate about, opportunity for development of business skills that I desired, and in a career I hadn’t previously considered would be such a good fit for me. The experience has been an amazing one, for which I have everyone that I’ve worked with in Arts & Business Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, and other individuals I’ve met through this scheme to thank. I know that I want to carry on fundraising for the arts long after the internship has finished. 

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