Island intern Janette on being on BBC Newsnight

Island intern Janette on being on BBC Newsnight


Janette Quaye - Press Intern, Island

Tuesday was one of the more surreal days I've had working at Island. A BBC film crew spent most of the afternoon following me around for a Newsnight feature on internships. Not something I expected to happen when I joined the press team as an intern in January.

The BBC wanted to talk to us because Nick Clegg had made a speech asking businesses pay their interns. I’m one of about 20 interns at Universal Music and, unlike at a lot of companies, we get paid a salary and there’s a properly structured scheme. At the moment I’m doing regional PR for Cocknbullkid, DJ Distance and Josh Osho.

I feel really lucky to have got the job at Island, and I couldn’t have taken it if I’d had to work for free. I hope there’s a job at Universal for me at the end of the year, but if not I definitely want to stay in the music industry.

Before I started here I'd done some work experience at a PR agency and at Decca. It’s competitive to get on to the scheme here but if you want to work in music, it’s a great place to start.

I guess my tips for applying would be:

- make sure your CV stands out

- send it to everyone (I must have sent mine out about 200 times)

- check out websites like graduate talent pool for opportunities

- if you get work experience make sure you make contact with someone in HR so you know if anything permanent comes up

- stick at it and don’t give up.


You can watch Janette's interview on Newsnight HERE. The action starts 15 minutes in.

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