Creative Internships Blog Week 18
Alex Roberts, National Theatre Wales & Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
In the past month, I have been working on a variety of different tasks at NTW including submitting two trust applications, continuing to work on our Invest in New Ideas campaign, and starting the planning for our next steps in individual giving.
In the spirit of the new year, and as we approach the half way point in our internships, I’ve been focusing on what I want to achieve throughout the remainder of my placement and what skills I want to strengthen in order to secure a job in fundraising for the arts. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend further training, such as on safe guarding and child protection, learning invaluable skills which I will take with me wherever I work next. It has also been a good time to reflect on what I have learnt so far and realize how much I have already learnt from NTW.
One of the best things about the Creative Internships is having the support to help guide you through new areas of work. This month I have met with my business mentor and attended a TEAM panel meeting, both of which have given me the opportunity to hear a different perspective on the work I’m doing, and get feedback which can help me grow and develop as a fundraiser. This has been really useful when looking at our current individual giving campaign, and thinking of what else we could do in the future.
In the past month I have been planning what else I want to learn over the rest of my time here at RWCMD. One of the areas I haven’t had a lot of experience with is corporate fundraising, so in the past few weeks I have been focusing a lot on the research this entails. I have been looking at possible opportunities for corporate sponsors, and ensuring that our values are in line with the organisations we might work with.
When looking to build relationships with businesses, we need to do comprehensive research into the values and branding before deciding if it is a relationship we want really to build. This is an area of research I enjoy really doing, seeing the opportunities for creating relationships with mutual benefit, and how these partnerships/ sponsorships can make a tangible difference to both organisations and the communities they support.
Over the next few weeks I will also be working on a trust application, researching further prospective trusts and starting to think about the events which I will be running later in the term. I’m now at a point in the internship where I can really appreciate how much I’ve learnt as a Creative Intern, and be confident that I can put my knowledge to use whilst continuing to learn over the remainder of my placements.
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