A Day in the Life of an NTS Radio Intern

We caught up with our intern Eleanor from NTS

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 Eleanor who beat hundreds of applicants for our popular internship with NTS radio.


Hi, Eleanor! Lucky you, you got the top internship!

Haha thanks, Big Music.

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

I’ve been in my role for about 9 weeks now, but it has gone so fast!

Time flies when you’re having fun. So tell us, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Usually, I double check the programming notes for the day to see if/when I need to be in the studio that day, then check my emails and write a to-do list.

We are so happy you write out a to-do list, that is crucial in managing your workload! Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.

It certainly is! Well, my day-to-day tasks vary a lot from day to day at NTS. I’m often asked to support teams with whatever they need help with as the office can become quite hectic when we have a lot of guests in or an event happening.

Overall, I’ve mostly been producing live radio shows, editing and uploading podcasts, assisting the website team and researching venues and artists for upcoming NTS events.

That sounds so cool! What’s your favourite thing you do?

Producing live shows has definitely been a fun part of interning at NTS. You get a real sense of learning on the job. Getting the chance to watch some of my favourite DJs up close is also a major perk. Producing Lee Gamble’s show after being a long-time listener was a particular highlight.

It’s always nice when you meet a role model! Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about them?

I really enjoyed working on the most recent Uniqlo Tate Lates projects alongside the partnerships and broadcast team. Attending the event and helping to facilitate the live radio stream was great, and shadowing staff members allowed me to learn a lot about how the station manages their partnerships with large organisations such as Tate.

What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?

Every day at NTS is different, so often one of the main challenges is making sure I keep on top of what tasks I need to complete as this can change quite quickly throughout the day. Everyone at the station is used to staying calm and enacting fast problem solving if something goes wrong, which is something I’m trying to improve as my time here progresses.

What have you learnt about the world of work?

That the more every person in the organisation has a holistic overview of its workflow and management, the more easily people can work together to solve problems when they arise. In independent creative organisations, this approach might be necessary because of the small number of staff. Being versatile and having a broad knowledge base is also necessary to work at a place like NTS.

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

Research the role as carefully as possible before applying. Once you start working, don’t be afraid to reach out to members of staff if you want to learn more about their role/area of expertise – particularly if you’re only there for a few months.

That’s right. What do you want to do next?

In September I will be starting an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, and hopefully writing about music and radio in an academic setting a lot more than I could at an undergraduate level. I also recently started being involved in the running of an independent record label called Tobago Tracks, so I’m hoping to apply some of what I’ve learnt at NTS to how we operate. The label has a very busy (and exciting) 12 months ahead.

Perfect. You’re on your way to becoming a music mogul! In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time? 

Ideally working in a curatorial/programming role for an arts or music organisation, still working with and growing Tobago Tracks and (hopefully) putting together my application for doctoral programmes in the UK and USA. But I’m aware of how unpredictable the creative industries can be, so I’m ready for a lot of surprises.

Thanks, Eleanor!

Thanks, Big Music!

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

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