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CWC student Carrie wins a summer internship at Ham&High

Carrie-Jayne was awarded with a 10-week summer internship at the Ham&High. Despite stiff competition from a talented crop of students, Carrie-Jayne impressed the panel of judges at the Ham&High with her initiative, enthusiasm and work ethic. We’ve asked Carrie eight quick questions about her experience in project and her plans.

Why did you decide to take part in the student takeover?​

The prizes sounded great and, as I was applying to university at the time I entered takeover, I thought it would be something really interesting to add to my CV, even if I didn’t get far in the competition.

How would you describe your experience during the takeover week?

It was definitely an interesting experience. It was not what I was expecting at all, in a good way. The people helping us out from both the paper and Archant were super lovely and kind. Not the strict bosses I was expecting.We had a lot more control over our stories than I was expecting and the journalists were quick to help whenever there was a problem.

What were the highlights of the takeover week?

Filming the world’s most dramatic breaking news video whilst learning to use editing software, meeting two really interesting people who work on the psychology of dreams, going to the UCL Academy science fair and meeting some very smart children as well as meeting everyone else on takeover.

What have you taken out of the takeover?

Interview skills from the interviewers’ side. Also some journalism skills like how to take notes quickly and how to organise information into what is the most important. I also learnt some more about how newspapers run and what rules journalists have to follow.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to go to university to study English Literature.

Has the takeover week changed your future plans?

I think journalism is something I will now look into once I complete my bachelor’s degree

What will you miss the most?

The team of students. We all got along really well and worked together super well. We became good friends through the experience and they were all lovely to work with and just hang out with during lunch breaks.

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

Yes, without a doubt. It was such a wonderful experience and not something to regret. I would tell students to take the plunge and apply. The whole experience is useful and worth it, no matter how far in the competition you get.