TasTAFE Drysdale, Launceston students Charlotte Lloyd and Skye Cusack have been awarded internships for the Junction Arts Festival 2017, as part of their Certificate III course in Events.
Although there was originally only one internship available, Junction recognised that both applicants had diverse and valuable skill sets when it came to supporting the organisation. Both students undertake a variety of roles in difference areas of the organisation, such as administration, operations, marketing and communications.
Junction is an annual arts and cultural festival held in Launceston at the beginning of Spring.
Charlotte and Skye were required to submit formal applications addressing key selection criteria for the roles, which also involved an interview process.
“I think it’s so great that Junction caters the tasks in the internship to our strengths,” says Skye. “My first day with Junction they asked me what I wanted to learn and I said, ‘I’m interested in learning how to use social media for event awareness,’ and they said, ‘Alright, here are some social media tasks.’ I am so grateful for the opportunity to gain real, practical based industry experience.”
Having volunteered with Junction before, Charlotte knew just how valuable the experience would be to furthering her career in the events industry. “Junction was one of the things that really inspired me to study events. Having this internship has already opened up opportunities for me. I can’t wait to help bring the festival together for everyone to enjoy.”
Junction Arts Festival is a non-for-profit organisation that is focused on a thriving Launceston community. Alongside giving TasTAFE students the opportunity to gain industry experience and build networking contacts, Junction also offer internships through the University of Tasmania’s School of Business, as well as a number of volunteering opportunities.
“Junction’s partnership with the TasTAFE events course not only provides opportunities for students to actively engage with the organisation by supporting the operations of the Festival, but also underpins our long-term goal of providing pathways for students and being a skills incubator in the festivals and events space for Launceston and Northern Tasmania,” said Steve Henty, Junction Arts Festival General Manager.
Junction Arts Festival will be returning to Prince’s Square this year from September 6 – 10.
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