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Creative Employment Programme Case Study

Case study: Siobhan Garrigan, Digital and Marketing intern - Curious Minds

Siobhan's story

After graduating I completed an unpaid Internship with a training provider, however it wasn’t the right role for me – even though it was good to be in a working environment.

I was actively looking for work – something within education – though not teaching…possibly within a charitable organisation in an advocacy role. So I was made up when I saw this Internship advert – I didn’t know a role like this existed. It met both my skills and interest of arts and culture.

My role involves coordinating and utilising all forms of social media in-depth, copy checking press releases, writing content for the website, helping at regional and national events by grabbing tweets and quotes and delivering a round up at the end of the event.

Visiting small arts venues and organisations across the country has been amazing.

"Working for Curious Minds is like being at the nerve center of what is going on in the North West – there has been lots of responsibility and the opportunity to work with some great people in this industry."

I have also worked on live broadcasts at nationwide conferences – being the bridge between the online audience and delegates.

This Internship has given me perspective on what I want to do for a career. It has provided invaluable experience and being paid to do the role does masses for your self-worth and self-esteem. It has certainly met my expectations of how good it would be but the content has been very different – I am much more involved than I thought I would be in the role which has been really positive.

I have been taken in by the whole team who have given me a lot, and I feel they are keen to give me as much training and advice as they possibly can.

I have used this time to build networks and understand the wider sector and have been able to learn from peers in similar roles in other organisations.