Over at GET ME IN!, Ticketmaster’s official resale marketplace, we have just completed our first ever internship, which saw five students and graduates take on the best summer job going.
The GET ME IN! Summer Job programme gave students and graduates an opportunity to flex their creative muscles, showcase their writing in a professional capacity and provide them with an invaluable insight into the live entertainment industry.
What’s more, we didn’t just offer them a platform for their writing we sorted them out with free gig tickets (plus one for a friend!), travel expenses and a food and drink allowance – plus they got paid. We like to look after our interns.
To find our candidates, we put out a call for writers up and down the country to submit a review of the last gig they had attended that was no more than 600 words.
The call was answered. We were inundated with hundreds of responses from reviews spanning multiple genres and venues; from a small performance from Benjamin Clementine, to a breakout gig performed by MK to a review of the Purple One, Prince himself.
After a shortlisting process, the top 20 submissions were published online. We then handed it over to you who voted in your masses for your favourite piece. Racking up thousands of votes across social media, the top five were chosen with one candidate from Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester, and two from London.
“I loved how it was assessed, using a past review, and it was engaging trying to get people to share the article.” – Jessica Holmes, Manchester
Over the summer, the five interns were sent out to a wide variety of concerts from Robbie Williams to Lorde with their final reviews published on this very blog. Check out the posts with the GMI Summer Job badge to see what the interns have been up to.
To celebrate the end of the programme, on 29 July, the five interns were invited to the Ticketmaster offices in London for a day of career skills and networking.
The day included exclusive meetings with GET ME IN’s Marketing VP and the tmBlog’s Editor in order to gain a real insight into how this industry works. We also gave the interns a CV skills session and career advice from the Manager of Human Resources.
“The event day was full of useful advice about PR/Marketing/Blogging and getting into the industry – and going to the gigs was obviously the most fun!” – Oliver Clifford, Birmingham
The day ended with a guided tour of the office, a chance to go down our infamous slide (of course), and pizza and drinks at the in-office bar, The Imperial. As I said, we like to look after our interns.
The interns were then presented with certificates for their work and offered references before networking with the rest of the team. We wish them all the best and I’m sure we’ll be seeing great things from them!