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12 Mar 2019

My time as a PR Assistant at Birmingham Museums Trust

Hi! I’m Kat and I’m a final year philosophy student at the University of Birmingham. I’m pretty clueless about post-graduation life but after being a PR Intern at BMT, things are becoming a little bit clearer.

Spending one day a week in our BMAG office has been ‘productive procrastination’, allowing me to occasionally run away from my degree yet still do something hugely worthwhile. Studying philosophy means often writing about abstract concepts and unlikely ethical situations. As much as I love that, it’s nice to come to BMAG and be a little more grounded in reality – even if some of the exhibitions are pretty quirky! 

Before I started as a PR intern here, the word ‘internship’ connoted laborious admin jobs, coffee-making and generally sitting awkwardly in an office where nobody knows your name. Thankfully, I’ve had the opposite experience with Birmingham Museums and I’m so grateful for how welcomed I’ve been since my first day here. 

And needless to say, I’ve learned a lot. 

I’ve done all sorts of things

With the continuing support of Zoe and everyone in the marketing team, I’ve done lots in the relatively short amount of time I’ve been here so far. From writing press releases for exhibitions and newsletters to researching for exhibition launches, it’s been varied, challenging and exciting. 

I’ve seen things from the other side

Having always been involved with journalism, I was excited to transfer my love for writing to another role. To be on the other end of a press release has been particularly interesting – knowing the thought process that goes into writing something for journalists rather than a public audience has been an eye-opener. 

As an art-lover, it’s also been fascinating seeing the process that goes behind a marketing campaign in the lead-up to an exhibition, which I wouldn’t have ever experienced otherwise. 

I’ve adopted many different voices

With 9 sites and a varied audience, BMT requires different styles of writing. Writing a press release for half-term events is vastly different to one for the long-awaited Leonardo da Vinci exhibition - I’ve become more adaptable and this will certainly help me in the future, no matter what I choose to do. 

I am a fully-fledged juggler of time

I’ve always kept myself busy, but interning at BMT in final year alongside being Deputy Editor of Redbrick and having a part-time job has seriously improved my time-management game. Finishing a 9-5 day and then doing hours of reading or bar-work can be tiring, but it’s worth it.
I back myself more

Every student worries that the world of work is going to be big and scary, but being at BMT has made me excited about the future. I’ve become more confident in myself and my abilities and knowing some things are worth getting up at 7am for makes me slightly less nervous about graduating... Even if you’re remotely tempted to intern at a heritage site, especially BMT, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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