This whole experience was one of the best things I have ever done, both personally and in terms of my CV.
Initially I decided to do the internship because I needed more broadcast experience for a masters course I was about to start. I had wanted to travel anyway so when I saw the intern opportunity at West TV, Perth, I decided to kill two birds with one stone!
Travellers Worldwide were very helpful with booking my stay, and even though I did it all a bit last minute they put me in touch with another girl doing the exact same programme at the same time, also from the UK. We were able to meet up halfway to Australia (in Dubai airport, randomly) and from then on we were pretty much inseparable!
I stayed at Townsend Lodge in Perth, just a short distance from the TV station where I was interning. I would describe Townsend as an eclectic mix between youth hostel and student halls - you get your own decent-sized bedroom, but bathrooms, kitchen and living spaces are all shared. I absolutely loved staying here, I met so many interesting people from all over the world, from other Travellers interns to students at the Perth Uni to workers on the W.A. railway line! The staff were part of the crowd, we would all sit out together (even tho' it was August and technically 'winter') and chat, cook, drink, go out... It was just a wonderful atmosphere. The sort of place you could open a beer (or Skye vodka alcopop in my case, yumyum!) head outside and lose a game of poker to a 25-year-old Singaporean and a 50-year-old Peruvian, cheered on by an honest-to-God Californian cheerleader.
Work at the TV station was good - I learned a lot of basic broadcasting skills which served me in good stead during my masters and in my current work in broadcast journalism. The allocation of interns wasn't particularly well-organised, but I think this was more because the station had recently relocated and also hosted a number of high-school work experience kids more than any real oversight.
The flexible working schedule meant that I had plenty of opportunities to explore the city of Perth, nearby Freemantle and Cottesloe - even going surfing and kangaroo-spotting! Perth is a fantastic city, I felt really safe all the time (even when I decided to take a taxi home on my own at 4am...!) and the locals were some of the friendliest I have ever met.
Our Travellers rep would check in with us every week or so and even had all the interns round to hers for a classic Australian BBQ one weekend! (Complete with kangaroo steaks - TRY THEM!)
I would recommend this type of programme for anyone aged 18-30ish (although my friend was mid-thirties and loved every minute). If like me you have a nostalgia for the fun times and communal atmosphere of uni halls, definitely stay in the Lodge. Please do not be scared to book something like this on your own - I am really shy but I made so many incredible friends in just a short time. There are no cliques, everyone is there for the pure enjoyment of travelling, learning and experiencing new things and everytime I tell people about it their faces go all envy-pinched!
My friends and I even got tattoos to commemorate the whole thing :)