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Exeter Uni student Lucy Bacon, writes about her experience working as a summer intern for Creative Access

In the last few weeks of my second term at University, an email arrived in my inbox from the Careers department, titled “London Internships Scheme – APPLY NOW!”

Being the lazy fresher I was, I usually deleted the emails form the careers team and pretended that I never got them. But it was something about the appeal of working close to home (I’m an Essex girl) and earning a bit of money over the summer that enticed me to open it.

Here I am at my desk 12 weeks later, approaching my last few days as an intern for Creative Access. And how grateful I am that I chose to open the email as a penniless student, as I have gained so much more from it than a bit of holiday spending money.

Teachers, parents, lecturers, careers advisors and many more have always harped on at me about how valuable experience is. Now I’ve got some myself, I can completely vouch for that too. In the four weeks I have spent here at Creative Access, I have gained a whole host of skills, including scheduling on Hootsuite, creating excel spreadsheets, creating images on Canva, how to draft emails, how to have a proper telephone manner… and so much more. I feel like I am now equipped with a range of skills that will benefit me in any future employment.

Mind you, it is no surprise that I have gained these skills, considering Josie and Anoushka truly threw fellow Exeter intern, Anna, and myself in at the deep end.

Josie and Anoushka work tirelessly to spread the word about Creative Access, and handpick the very best candidates for the amazing roles that are on offer, and Anna and I have definitely been a part of this.

My dad told me that as an intern I’d probably spend all day making cups of tea, and I sort of believed him, but I have spent these four weeks completely immersed in the company and their ethos, and I feel like I have gained a passion for placing BAME individuals into creative roles, just like Josie and Anoushka do.

Josie and Anoushka cannot be commended enough for the work they do for their interns. From placing them, to giving them pre-interview support, post-interview feedback, providing them with a buddy, offering Masterclasses… plus so much more.

These ladies go above and beyond in order to provide the best possible roles to the best possible candidates. Their love for what they do shines through every day and I respect them so much for this.

I was also lucky enough to be able to attend the Masterclass at the BBC Broadcasting House, where we were treated to an amazing evening hosted by Yasmin Evans, with special guests from BBC and LBC giving top tips and advice on how to break into the radio industry. I left the evening with fire in my belly and a desire to chase my dreams in television.

I have always wanted to be a TV presenter, or just work in television in general (I’ll take anything) but I always told myself that it was unrealistic; never going to happen, out of my reach. I have no connections to anyone in the industry, and I am not from a privileged background. I’m state school educated and I am the first person in my family to go to university. I know first hand how hard it can be. But speaking with so many of Creative Access’ amazing interns, whether it be by phone, email, or face-to-face at the masterclass, has inspired me to give it my best shot.

Seeing candidates placed at the BBC go on to become presenters or land other amazing permanent roles has given me faith that it is possible. It has inspired me to see that with some hard work and determination, you can break into the industry.

I have learnt so many administrative skills from my time with Creative Access which I am so grateful for. But the main thing I take away is the knowledge I have gained from the 750 amazing candidates that Creative Access have placed. They truly are an inspirational, talented, gorgeous bunch of people. I hope one day I can find myself in an amazing role in television and call Josie and Anoushka to say, “I did it! I made it! And I wouldn’t have done it without you.”

Plus, I’ve also learnt how to write a darn good CV.