Surfing internship opens career doors

Shaun Carney, Samantha Harland, Jasmine Buck, Stephanie Davis and Taylor Bey say their Quiksilver & Roxy Pro internship has taught them a lot.

Interning with the world’s premier surfing body has been the experience of a lifetime for five Griffith University students.

Thejournalism and PR students embraced thehectic pace of the QuikSilver and Roxy Pro World Surfing competition at Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta in March.

“It’s been a fantastic experience and has really given us an insight into the life of a busy media professional,’’ says Jasmine Buck who worked alongside Stephanie Davis, Samantha Harland, Taylor Bey and Shaun Carney.

“We attended interviews with athletes, wrote media releases and made invaluable industry contacts.”

Bachelor of Communication student Stephanie David agrees. “The internship has definitely given us confidence and has helped prepare us for jobs once we graduate.”

Canadian student Taylor said being able to participate in one of the world’s best professional sporting events was an amazing experience.

“As a public relations student I knew the World Surf League would be the perfect opportunity to learn about the industry.

“I’ve worked with the media and the post production team, interviewed some of the athletes and was able to get up close and personal with some of the most famous surfers in the world.”

This is the 12th year Griffith University has partnered with Quiksilver with more than 60 students completing the internship.

World Surf League Production Manager Kate Bain says the long-standing relationship with the university and Quiksilver & Roxy Pro has been a great platform for many of the students to launch their careers.

“This year we have a great young bunch of talented students who are involved in multiple areas of the event ranging from media and PR through to live broadcast and helping as production assistants and coordinators.

“Our aim is to provide students with knowledge and contacts that may help them achieve their chosen career paths.

“Many of the interns have gone onto employment throughout the surf industry over the years. This internship opens doors.”

“The internship program is an example of how our journalism and public relations courses are very practically oriented,’’ says convenor Professor Stephen Stockwell from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.

“Many of our graduates have gone on to enjoy challenging media careers as a result of undertaking the internship.”