Mariam Belle is the recipient of the 2017 graduate internship.
For the second year, a talented graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s flagship Graduate Diploma of Radio course has been selected and will be hosted in a special internship with Southern Cross Austereo (SCA).
SCA’s Head of Regional Content Mickey Maher says the award aims to offer hands-on experience.
“We are excited to be giving an AFTRS student this chance,” says Mickey. “SCA is committed to recruiting and developing people who have the potential to be the best in their field and this is another example of that commitment.”
The award will include six weeks, full-time, paid employment for Mariam at a regional radio station owned by SCA.
AFTRS Radio Program Leader Lisa Sweeney says the award reflects the School’s close ties with SCA over many years.
“Many AFTRS graduates are employed by Southern Cross Austereo, both in entry level jobs and in higher profile, later career roles,” says Lisa. “In fact, SCA is the largest commercial radio employer of AFTRS graduates and offers a rich and varied career path for radio professionals whose passion lies in the commercial FM music space.
“We are pleased to have this award available for our most talented graduands and feel it further strengthens our commitment to provide industry ready radio professionals right across the country.”
The winner of last year’s inaugural SCA Graduation Internship Award was Tim Reuben.
His internship led to full time employment in Far North Queensland as a regional breakfast presenter, and he has just been announced in a new position which takes him to SCA Bendigo to be part of a new breakfast duo.
Mickey Maher says the hope is that the internship opportunity leads to employment.
“We were thrilled with the way last year’s recipient Tim turned out, and see this internship is a perfect way to launch talented AFTRS graduates on their radio journey.”