Film students experience Rio 2016 Olympics Games from a new perspective

Student interns at NEP Gold Coast

An internship with NEP Australia, facilitator of the Seven Network’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has opened up a world of opportunity for Griffith University alumni Rachel Shapiro and Chelsea Lahra.

Since returning home from her internship in Sydney in August, Rachel, a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media graduate, has continued her involvement with NEP Australia and sports broadcasting.

She said the internship was an invaluable experience and being part of an Olympic broadcast was incredible.

“I have gained so much in terms of knowledge of the industry and making contacts that have already benefitted me on my career path,” Rachel said.

Rachel was also closely involved in the recent World Broadcaster Briefing — an event that brings television broadcasters from around the world together to collaborate on the next big sports broadcasting event — the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

NEP Australia is the host broadcaster of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Throughout the briefing Rachel had the opportunity to rub shoulders with representatives from the BBC, the Seven Network, TVNZ and ABU, helping to expand her contact network.

Those contacts have already helped Rachel secure her most recent assignment — assisting with audio on the television broadcast of the Australian PGA Championships held at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

“Working on the Australian PGA broadcast was another great experience. This time I was able to get close to the action, as I was following the competitors around with the boom mic,” Rachel said.

The Australian PGA Championships was broadcast live on the Channel Seven network over 4 days and is one of Seven’s premiere sporting events.

However Rachel’s sights are not only set on the small screen; she has recently completed work on a short film that will soon do the rounds of the Australian short film festival circuit.

Rachel and Chelsea’s internship was made possible due to Griffith’s partnership with GC2018.

In 2017 there will be hundreds of internship opportunities for Griffith students in a range of different industries with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and affiliated partners.

Register your interest now for an internship in 2017.