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A summary of my experiences whilst interning in New Zealand

Summary of Internship in New Zealand

New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand  |  Apr 01, 2012
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Well as promised here is my last entry into this journal, outlining my experiences whilst partaking in an internship in New Zealand.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to return to New Zealand, Wellington specifically, on a more long-term basis. I had also come to the conclusion I wanted to work in film and TV, though I did not know in what capacity. It seemed only logical to try and combine the two but I had no idea how to go about getting my foot in the door as it were. After a lot of Internet research I came across the idea of Internships. Being from the UK this sort of thing is not as well known of, or encouraged, as it is in the USA, which seems unfortunate. Personally I think it is a great idea for young people to take a few months out of their normal routine to go and experience another country and its culture, all whilst gaining valuable work experience. Though my intentions were slightly different to those of the average intern, as I was intending my internship to be a stepping stone for my career, and was not planning on just visiting New Zealand but to stay for good, I would still recommend the program to anyone.

So after many weeks and weeks of researching various internship companies and the programs they ran I had narrowed my list down to just four or five possible companies. I had spoken to all of them directly and found them to be varying degrees of helpful. Some tailored programs to the interns needs, others had pre-defined programs set up. After much debate I decided to go with World Internships as the program they proposed for me seemed to tick all my boxes and most importantly they were kind and friendly and helped talk me through any queries, questions or problems I had.

Just a few short weeks after I had filled in all the necessary paperwork and given all my savings away I found myself in New Zealand, finally! And now a further four months after that here I still am! And I have to say the whole internship was a rousing success and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

The company that I was set up to work for has now practically become my home, sometimes they struggle to get me to leave at the end of the day! I have learnt so much through the course of my internship and that knowledge is invaluable. I had no real idea of what I wanted to do when I first arrived here and now I feel as though my career is already set in motion and I’m not sure I could imagine doing anything else with my life.

I love the work that I do, and what’s more I am generally quite proud of it. There’s nothing quite like watching a show you’ve worked on, a show you’re incredibly proud of and humbled to have been a part of, appear on TV, with your name in the credits at the end. Four months ago I didn’t know a thing about post-production and look at me know! I’m working on more projects than I know what to do with! I’m gaining more experience daily, and having a great time whilst doing it. I work with people that I love to spend my time with and who are both friends and mentors. And whilst I would like to take most of the credit for my successes so far I have to admit that if it wasn’t for the internship I wouldn’t find myself where I am today.

Now that my internship is officially over I am stuck in a sort of limbo between being an intern and a real person! I am still spending most of my days at my internship placement, but working on a more professional level, and on my own projects. I earn money in a haphazard way, if and when I can, but for the most part I do a lot of work for free to gain yet more experience and contacts. I am actually one of those people who loves their job so much that I’d do it for free, which is something I never saw coming!!

I am hoping to get a little more stable and settled in the next couple of months though. I have now got myself a permanent place to live, with three other editors, so I’m in good company. And due to all the favours and freebies I’ve done I have some important and interesting people in my debt who have promised me paid work on future projects. And then somewhere down the line I will apply for residency and then I will have ticked all the boxes I could hope to at this stage in my life: doing a job I love doing; living in the one place on earth I’ve always felt most at home; surrounded by great friends and colleagues. Now if only I could transport all my friends and family from the other side of the world to here, I’d really have it all!

So that pretty much sums up what I have experienced and achieved through my time as an intern, and I can only hope that it inspires others out there to do something similar, or just to try something new, go out of your comfort zone perhaps, and always strive to achieve what you once only daydreamed of, you never know, you may end up living that dream.

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