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A moment with ex-intern Melina Sharma, Curator at Twitter Moments

After completing her Creative Access internship and a year on a fixed term contract, Melina Sharma, has just been moved to a permanent contract at Twitter. Here she writes about her experiences and what she’s learnt…

This month marks a year since I became an official curator at Twitter Moments. Before I took on a permanent role, I joined the company as an intern, thanks to the help of Creative Access.

Without Creative Access and their support, being in the position I’m in today might have only been a dream for me this early on in my career.

Prior to joining Twitter, I trained to become a qualified NCTJ journalist. The course affirmed how powerful social media is as a modern newsgathering tool, which helped as I entered Twitter Moments internship scheme. I quickly learned how to spot breaking news on the platform and highlight this to our users in real time. I was lucky enough to be a part of a team that treated me as one of their own, giving me the confidence to apply for a permanent role after my six-month scheme had ended. At Twitter Moments, we highlight the best of what is happening on the platform – from breaking news to fun, quirky content. Whether it involves a significant protest, a sports event or a huge award show, we surface Tweets that make users feel as though they are right there experiencing what is happening around the world.

A big part of what I do is consider the stance of young people that use Twitter and the issues that matter to them the most.

It has been amazing to witness a young, collective voice that is not afraid to stand up for what it believes in, nor is it afraid to question aspects of society that it believes should be different. This includes the issue of diversity.

After experiencing the results of my placement, I have truly seen why the need to tackle the absence of diversity in the creative industries is such an important one. It gives people like me hope to know that one day, through organisations such as this, we will be able to see more people from under-represented communities reflected in the media.

For anyone considering a career in social media, one of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to use platforms like Twitter to your advantage. This might involve live-blogging, promoting your work/projects or personally reaching out to companies who are looking for candidates like you. Additionally, look out for opportunities on the Creative Access website because as I’ve learned this past year, nothing beats an internship scheme that is especially designed to help you discover your full potential.

Congratulations, Melina. We can’t wait to hear about what you’ll achieve next.

You can follow Melina on Twitter at @Melina_64 or @UKMoments