We caught with our intern from 2018, Rachel McAdam, to see where she is now and how an internship with us helped her move forward into her career after graduating. Read the full blog post:
I completed the TheatreNI internship in 2018 during my MA in English (Broadcast Literacy at QUB) and was very thankful to be able to stay on for a few months after graduation, into 2019. During my time with TheatreNI, I learnt a huge amount, across a much wider range of areas and skills than I expected! This included calling and on boarding membership leads, conducting original sector research, learning to write funding proposals and budgets, attending conferences, and creating and conducting ‘Young Critics’ workshops.
After finishing with TheatreNI, I gained a place on ‘Aim High’ a Producer Trainee Scheme with NI Screen and BBCNI, where I worked on a range of programmes with different companies, from documentaries, to dating shows and current affairs. I have been working as a researcher for a local TV company since finishing the scheme and am about to make the move to London to work for BBC News as a Journalism Researcher in June.
TheatreNI equipped me with so many transferable skills that continually come in handy working in TV. The TheatreNI internship was a perfect addition to my degree, giving me a practical experience of the structure and skills required to work in a small company, as well as broader creative sector experience. Niamh was extremely generous with her time, knowledge and experience, always going above and beyond to provide me with experiences that I would get the most out of during my time at TheatreNI. Unlike many internships which only allow you to observe and photocopy, Niamh provided me with an immensely hands on experience at TheatreNI, with actual input and responsibilities – I could not recommend it more!”