On Tuesday (yesterday) I started my four week internship at Bold Management, Liverpool. This is my second internship since finishing my second year of university in March. Just this morning I also confirmed another week’s internship at the beginning of July, just before I start my year-long placement with Coty!
I had previously contacted Bold last year when I was in the search of a year-long placement but unfortunately they don’t offer them. I have had a lot of experience in PR agencies already and I wanted to try my hand at management. I kept the company in the back of my mind to intern for a week when I finished university for the year.
I received an email from my university in March, about an Internship Accelerator Programme, which offers to pay any student that could find 20 days of work experience at a company related to their degree, a standard living wage for those four weeks. I emailed Bold Management straight away and they were able to have me for the four weeks, so I was one of the lucky few to be added to the Internship Accelerator Programme.
In GCSE year I had my life planned out working in the music industry. I had researched every career path I could that involved working with artists and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ side of the music world. I even considered being a roadie, but apparently it wasn’t a job for a girl.
I presented in front of my class the roles of A&R and Talent Manager. But I was shot down and told that it wasn’t a safe career path and it was too risky as you either make it or you don’t.
But with my PR degree I am learning about gaining client coverage for brands, media campaigns, social media management and crisis communications. I realised that this knowledge could work for people as well as brands. Working in A&R is still there in the back of my mind.
Bold Management is located on Bold Street in Liverpool, through a small doorway that takes you to the loft of the building. The company represents clients in TV, music, film and sport among others. Big names include Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and Jonathan Cheban.
It is only my second day at Bold but I’m excited for the next few weeks and the different projects I will be able to assist on.
On my first day I was making phone-calls to radio stations and TV networks to see if they would like interviews with one of the company’s clients. This allowed me to gain more confidence with talking on the phone and pitching to journalists. For people my age, talking on the phone to strangers seems to be such a scary thing and I have no idea why, but I don’t much like it either.
Bold Street is one of my favourite streets in Liverpool, if not my favourite. The range of restaurants and cuisines is like nothing else and my favourite eateries are located here. I thought I would be in my element.
However, being on a strict diet and having the smells of all my favourite restaurants come wafting in through the window every minute of the day is driving me slightly insane and my stomach into an uproar. Maybe I’ll treat myself at the end of the week.
The year ahead
It’s going to be a hectic 16 months full of internships and my year-long placement but I can’t wait to fill my CV with work experience and learn everything I can about the PR world. Hopefully all this interning will pay off in the future and I will have little trouble finding my perfect graduate job.