A Day in the Life of an Intern at Tramshed Tech

We caught up with our intern Ellie at Tramshed Tech.

The Big Music Project has part-funded several music industry internships and we are aiming to inspire and create incredible opportunities for young people from 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 Ellie who works at Tramshed Tech.

Hi Ellie, good to see you!

Thanks Big Music welome to Tramshed!

Thanks! So how long have you been in your role for now?

I’ve been here for 7 weeks now, it’s flown by!

That’s what every intern says! Time flies when youre having fun. What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

After a quick catch-up with my colleagues, I sit down to check my emails and calendar to see what I’ve got on for the day ahead. I’ll also grab a coffee and breakfast as I savour every minute in bed and never get up early enough to eat before I leave!

Haha, oh believe me, I understand! Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.

Every day is different at Tramshed Tech, there is always something exciting happening here so my day-to-day tasks vary greatly.

I’m involved in a range of tasks such as event planning and logistics, filming and editing, social media, digital content curation and helping to deliver digital learning using LEGO and micro:bits etc.

Some days I help out with general admin and reception duties which involves answering the phone, greeting people and explaining to people what services we offer here at Tramshed Tech. This can be really cool as we have a lot of companies pass through our doors such as Google, Bafta, BBC, Microsoft and we even had the First Minister of Wales here filming a political broadcast! I also get to talk to a lot of amazing entrepreneurs who’ve set up innovative companies.

Oh wow, that’s amazing! With all that going on, what’s your favourite thing you do each day?

I’d say learning more about event planning and logistics is one of my favourite things to do. This was one area I was keen to build upon as I’d had previous experience in music events. I’m now involved in putting on a range of events and it’s interesting to learn the similarities and differences between the orchestration of different events.

Okay, yeah that sounds pretty informative. Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about them?

I was involved with Tramshed Tech’s first ever livestream event which was really exciting! We worked with an amazing beauty and fashion company to put on a social influencer event and livestream it across a number of digital platforms.

Following the success of that event, we are looking to host our own events here at Tramshed Tech. I’m working with a group of people to think of, plan and implement a range of events that we can monetise and create digital content from. I’m enjoying the creative process behind this and collaborating with others to put together and execute ideas.

I’ve also done a bit of planning for a project we’re about to work on with Youth Cymru which involves turning Tramshed Tech into a Big Music Project Hub for young people. I’m really looking forward to helping young people gain the skills they need to progress within the creative industries as I know how difficult it can be!

This week I also visited a primary school as part of The Cardiff Commitment programme to talk to a class of year 6 pupils about the type of jobs that are available in the creative industries. They were really interested and intrigued so hopefully I’ve inspired a few future Big Music Project interns!

That would be great. What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?

The biggest challenge I faced when arriving was getting to know everything. In such a busy environment, there wasn’t time for me to sit down and be taught everything so I watched and listened to others and learnt that way. At first it was tricky but with time I’ve become a lot more confident.

It can also be challenging when doing something for the first time which I’ve had to do a lot. It does take a while to get used to things but once you know it – you know it!

Okay in a busy environment, I know how that can be tricky. Well done for learning from others though. What have you learnt about the world of work?

I’ve learnt that work can be enjoyable! If you get a job in an area you are passionate about it doesn’t feel like ‘work’ in the traditional sense. I like coming to work and enjoy my daily tasks.

I’ve also learnt that a lot of the time in this industry you have to use your own initiative. As it’s so fast paced, people are busy and don’t always have the time to tell you exactly what to do, so getting on with things and using your initiative to give yourself useful tasks to complete is important.

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

The biggest advice I can give is to be confident in yourself and your abilities. When applying for this internship I didn’t think I’d get it and here I am 7 weeks in. It’s important to believe in yourself.

I’d also say don’t get too disheartened if you don’t succeed at first, the creative industry is very competitive. Keep going – if you’re determined enough you will get there. The Big Music Project are great mentors and will help you out with any issue you may have – their website has loads of useful information and advice to help too.

Once you’ve secured an internship, make sure you make the most of it. Take every opportunity you get and throw yourself into the deep end – it’s the best way to learn!

Thanks Ellie! What shall we expect from you next?

I’d like to stay working in the creative industry. This internship is equipping me with the vital skills I need to progress so I will definitely look for future employment within this sector!

Awsome. So in an ideal world, where will you be in five years time? 

Hopefully I’ll still be working in the creative industry in a job that I enjoy! I’ve spent the last four years studying and working in this sector so I hope I can continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

We are confident you will! Good luck with the rest of your internship!

Thanks Big Music!

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

If you are inspired by Ellie and interested in a paid internship, check out our job’s board which is always updated with the newest roles from around the UK.