A Day In The Life of an Intern at Youth Cymru

We caught up with Youth Cymru intern, Anna!

The Big Music Project has funded several music industry internships. The aim is to inspire and create incredible opportunities for young people across the country who want to get into the music business.

We’re sitting down with each of our interns to find out how they’re getting on. Here’s Anna who has been working as an intern at Youth Cymru.

Hey Anna, first thing, how long have you been in your role?

Hey Big Music, I’ve now been in my role for 2 months.

What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

I’d have to say make myself a green tea and a bowl of cereal, and then check my emails.

We’re sure that gives you a great start to your morning! Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.

I attend meetings, book artists and venues, contact our hub members, and do the necessary work and research needed to make our project events a success.

That sounds like a great amount of responsibility. What’s your favourite thing you do each day?

It all depends on what my focus is for that day; because my job is so varied, I have a range of goals and targets to reach throughout the week. It’s great to work on a project where I have a checklist off tasks which have been done! I love being productive, whether that’s through project planning or any other type of activity.

Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about it?

My first (and favourite) project that I got to work on was The Big Music Project. As I am a musician, I was able to let my creativity flow and put my passion for events management and my musicianship hand in hand. Being part of a project which gave young people the opportunity to perform and share their love for music with others was amazing – it is something I will never forget. Other projects I have worked on such as financial capability and science week have been fulfilling and rewarding. I love taking on new challenges and I was surprised at how well I was able to engage with these topics I never thought I’d connect with. The young people involved in these projects are so enthusiastic and engaged, so it is hard not to enjoy yourself when you are surrounded by so much positive energy! The hardest thing about most projects is when they come to an end. However, we always evaluate the experience and focus on putting those newly-acquired skills into a new project.

That’s really interesting! It sounds like you have had a great experience so far! What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?

Speaking to new people on the phone can be quite daunting, especially when you’ve just started and nobody knows who you are! However, it is a learning curve, and you’d be surprised how much it boosts your confidence!

It’s great to hear you have been able to learn a few skills yourself. What have you learnt about the world of work?

Always keep an open mind, since you will be working with people who work and think in a completely different way to yourself. Be creative, work as a team, take all opportunities presented to you, and never be late!

What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?

Do it! Nothing beats having hands on experience in your industry of your choice. It looks great on your CV and offers you a wide range of knowledge and life skills to help push you in the right direction.

That’s great advice Anna! What’s next for you?

I want to continue learning, and gaining new experiences to help me in my future career, whether this be through university studies, another internship, a job, volunteering, or performance opportunities.

In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time? 

Hopefully I will be working within the creative industries. I love working with people, and creating great work in events, performing and music! My passion is for the arts and I couldn’t really see myself anywhere else.

Just like Anna, if you are passionate about getting your foot in the door of the creative industries, check out our news board for hints and tips on making those first steps.

If you are inspired by Anna and interested in a paid internship, check out our jobs board which is always updated with the newest entry-level roles from around the UK.