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I spent a very interesting and enjoyable month interning with the Financial Times video team. The highlights of the work placement were filming on location and getting to attend two iPhone-filming training sessions. As an intern my main tasks were to research locations for shoots, source potential interviewees, obtain the rights to use third-party copyrighted material, find archive footage and assist with the organisation of camera equipment.
The problem with any work experience placement is that the intern is normally at the organisation for too short a time for it to be worth taking the time to teach them the ins and outs of how the organisation’s systems operate. For example, during this work placement I would have liked to do more video editing but I didn’t want to ask team members for editing tasks. This is because it would clearly take them far more time to explain the FT video editing workflow than to carry out this task. One great thing about the internship, is a Google document that each video intern contributes to by writing a set of instructions for any task they’ve successfully completed. The document would help new interns to quickly become acquainted with the FT video workflow.
Overall my internship was very insightful, all members of the video team were friendly, welcoming and very supportive.