Two Griffith journalism students spent a year interning with the Brisbane Roar learning first-hand the reality of working with a professional football club.

From live social media coverage of the games to interviewing players, Jacob Chicco and Aaron Cooper immersed themselves behind of the scenes of the club.

Jacob and Aaron are just one of 22,500 who have this year participated in internships, work experience or work placements through courses at Griffith University.

Griffith aims to include real life industry experiences in all its degrees and programs and have a range of career-focused initiatives designed to give students a sharp competitive edge to improve their job prospects.

Jacob said his internship had been “life changing”.

“One of the reasons I wanted to go there (Brisbane Roar) and what I hoped to get out of it was to see what goes on behind the scenes and every single day I’ve tried to learn something new and I think I have done that,” he said.

“I started off doing social media work, so we would attend all the matches, and during the live game one of us would do the match report or live tweets of the match.

“I would recommend this internship to any marketing, journalism or public relations student because you do see first-hand what goes on at a professional football club.”

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Bachelor of Journalism student Aaron Cooper during his internship with Brisbane Roar.

Bachelor of Journalism student Aaron Cooper during his internship with Brisbane Roar.

Aaron said the internship opened his eyes to what sports journalism was all about.

“It gives you hands on experience in what happens out there, not just in the classroom,” he said.

“This type of experience you just can’t get anywhere else and I’m thankful to the Roar for giving it to me.

“The things I’ve learnt at Griffith have really set me up for this internship and I’m going to go back and try and perfect those skills and keep going.”