Erin McClean, Marketing and Admin Intern

 21 January 2019

Erin McClean was a joint winner of the Intern of the Year Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards. We spoke to her about how she found her internship, and asked what advice she would give to other young people.

Since finishing her internship Erin has been working as a finance officer and running her own freelance illustration business.
Since finishing her internship Erin has been working as a finance officer and running her own freelance illustration business.

What job do you do?

I currently work in a school as a finance officer, but I won the award for my work with Young at Art as a Marketing and Admin intern.  

How did you get your role?

I saw an advertisement for the internship online (I believe it was on the Community Arts Partnership website). I thought it sounded interesting and filled out an application, but I wasn’t very confident. Although I had an interest in marketing from working and marketing myself as a freelance illustrator, I didn’t have a degree in marketing.

I’m glad I was given this opportunity to learn something new. 

I was pleased to be invited to an interview, and later to receive the position! I’m glad I was given this opportunity to learn something new. 

Tell me a bit about your day to day work?

My daily work involved helping Sarah, the Marketing and Communications Officer at Young at Art, with any marketing related duties. This included preparing for the festival launch, promoting the festival and Young at Art events on social media and keeping the website up to date.

I also took on other duties such as box office responsibilities, and I was often the first point of contact for anyone getting in touch with the office.

How did it feel to win the award?

A surprise! I only found out I’d been nominated after my internship had ended, so it was nice to know that I had been valued there.

It was nice to know that I had been valued there.

What are your plans for the future?

I currently work in a school as a finance officer, but I continue to work on my own freelance illustration business. I’ve been working with a few small businesses recently. You can see my work on my website.

What advice would you give to others?

I would encourage others to be really open to trying new things, and if you’re interested in a job or internship, just apply, even if you’re worried you aren’t what they’re looking for! There is no harm in it, and you never know what opportunities will arise from it.


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