From January 11th – March 12th 2018, the Modernist Podcast ran a Kickstarter funding drive, raising money to help us cover essential costs. We smashed all our initial targets, allowing us to hire two student interns. In this blog our social media intern Naomi reports on her time working for the podcast.
How was your overall experience interning for the Modernist Podcast?
Very positive! I really enjoyed the tasks I was set, as they ranged from analytical to creative.
Do you feel that your time interning for the Modernist Podcast has been useful to you?
Yes. I have just finished the first year of a 2 year MA so I am not imminently applying for PhDs, but I know that when I do the work I’ve done with the Modernist Podcast will set me in good stead. I have been able to engage with a global research community, and that has been both interesting and useful for the way I approach my current degree and my future. I have also benefited from the practical aspects of the tasks, such as learning about twitter analytics and scheduling: these are skills that I am sure will be useful to me in future work.
What were your favourite parts of interning for the Modernist Podcast?
I loved creating twitter polls and threads! I also really enjoyed creating a report based on our twitter analytics, actually more than I thought I would. It was fascinating to see what kind of tweets get the most engagement and how we could improve in the future. All of the tasks meant that I got to research a new topic or method, so I enjoyed all of them.
How did you feel you were managed by the host of the Modernist Podcast?
I felt supported and well informed by Sean at all times. He was on-hand for any and all questions I had, and was very understanding when I had to skip a week of work due to illness! I could tell that he had put thought into making the tasks engaging and creative, as well as useful for the podcast. I felt that the tasks were all appropriate for the 2 hours a week time allocation, and the report took the 4 hours allocated.
Interns were paid above living wage at a rate of £9.00 / hour.