Creative Internships Blog Week 39
Ava Plowright, Wales Millennium Centre
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Really special days come around only once in a blue moon, and Friday was one of those days. Along with the rest of my classmates (and fellow Creative Intern Louisa) I crossed the stage at St David’s Hall and officially received my MA in Arts Management. Yes, Friday was our long awaited Graduation Ceremony, taking place almost 10 months after I handed in my mammoth dissertation. More than just a day to celebrate with family and friends, Friday was a day for reflection. I couldn’t help but look back on the 28 months since I began studying for my Masters, and realise just how much I’ve achieved.
This is a word which really looms large in my mind at the moment.
When I started my Masters degree, I felt conscious that I needed to work really hard to make the most of the opportunity, and to justify how much money I’d invested in it. I worked late into the evenings perfecting my assignments, whilst also trying to soak up as much practical experience as possible (and juggling a job too!). I completed my MA in Arts Management with a Merit, and went straight into the Creative Internships scheme. During the internship I’ve successfully earned grants from trusts and foundations for the Centre, managed and renewed several corporate supporter accounts, and organised and hosted hospitality and events for our supporters. More importantly, I’ve won the respect and trust of my colleagues at the Centre, and really do feel like I belong here.
In my eyes, these are all huge achievements, but the biggest is that, once my Creative Internship comes to an end on the 22nd of July, I will become a permanent member of Team Development at Wales Millennium Centre! In my new role as Development Assistant, I’ll continue to work across the entire fundraising portfolio at the Centre, still soaking up as much knowledge as possible from my colleagues. Looking back now, every hour and every penny invested has been thoroughly worth it, and I’m so excited to continue on my journey as a fundraiser.
I have to say the biggest thank you to Arts & Business Cymru for having me as a Creative Intern. I really do hope this scheme continues to flourish over the coming years – there isn’t a better opportunity for Arts graduates out there! Diolch yn fawr also to the whole team at Wales Millennium Centre for welcoming me into the family from the word go, and for being so supportive of my development. I’m so happy to be staying at the Centre!
And to next year’s Creative Interns, whoever you may be – grab this opportunity with both hands. You won’t regret it!