Media and Communications students win prized ABC internships

1 November 2011

Three talented media students at the University of Sydney have won prized internship positions at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Thirty six students were invited to compete for the highly sought after placements, which include working at some of Australia's most respected news and current affairs programs.

The successful University of Sydney students include Shaun Colnan, who will complete his internship with evening news show 7:30, Rebecca Simpson, who will go to the radio programs AM and PM, and Robert Johnson who will work with Lateline. Shaun Colnan is excited about the prospect of working at the national broadcaster. 'For me, the ABC is the premier media institute in Australia,' he said. 'No other place in the mainstream media offers the chance to be a change agent, approaching the news in such an in depth manner.'

The application process was highly competitive, and students from six universities had to achieve over 75% in a general knowledge and writing skills test before they were considered for an interview. The University of Sydney continued its success from past years, gaining three out of the eight available placements— more than any other university.

Rebecca Simpson put the University of Sydney's success down to the supportive staff and available resources in the Department of Media and Communications. 'With Robin Moffat and Alison Ray's strong support, from exam tips, resume advice and voice training, we have been very fortunate to gain three out of the eight ABC internships,' she said.

The month long internships will commence later this year, and all three students are looking forward to gaining invaluable media experience. 'Working for the ABC is a great opportunity to see how the nation's premier news and current affairs network operates,' said Robert Johnson. 'The media is an incredibly fast-paced and complex world, so work experience for media students is crucial - and I think the ABC will provide the perfect platform for our careers in the "real world."'

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