A Day In The Life of an Intern at Unity Radio

We caught up with Sohail from Unity Radio

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 Sohail who has been working as an intern at Unity Radio.

Hey Sohail, how long have you been in your role?

Hey! It’s now coming up for almost 2 months.

Okay, so, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

That usually involves me checking my emails, looking at the tasks I have planned for the day and reading music business articles on the web.

Talk us through your day-to-day tasks?

The tasks vary from day to day depending on the needs of the studio. Some days, I edit and master interviews conducted on-air by the station’s radio presenters. Other days involve me working on Unity Radio’s social media.

Nice! That sounds like a lot of responsibility. What’s your favourite thing you do each day?

I enjoy the cleaning of music for radio play, haha!

That is fair enough! Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about it?

I really enjoyed being creatively involved in ‘ The Voice of the North’ project, that aims to create a platform for artists from the northern music scene to best showcase their talents internationally.

That sounds like an amazing project!

It really was!

What kind of daily challenges do you face?

Editing and mastering music and interview recordings was a big initial challenge, since I was unfamiliar with ‘Cubase’ and it required a lot of getting used to.

It’s great to know you have been able to gain new skills as a result of your internship. What have you learnt about the world of work?

The world of work, especially the music industry, is always changing, so it’s important to make sure you are adaptable, plus open to learning and development opportunities.

That’s an interesting and very true point. What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?

Follow your passion, I know it can be difficult, but persistence is key to succeeding. I would say to not let rejection discourage you either. I travelled to London and handed out my resume to 30 different companies and none of them got back to me – this motivated me to want to succeed.

Wow, 30! That is really inspiring! So, what do you want to do next?

I hope to use all my work experience from Unity Radio, as well as a record label and live music promotion company which I worked for in the past, to secure a role within the music industry.

We hope it works out for you. In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time?

Thanks Big Music. I hope to be in a senior role within the music industry. I would like to us my position to then create more opportunities for applicants of a BAME background.

Just like Sohail, 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 Sohail 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.