Placement experience: Digital Production Intern at WarnerMedia - Ella Hinkley
BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice student, Ella Hinkley is working as a Digital Production Intern at WarnerMedia in London. She's been working with the Digital Entertainment Group on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang Website games.
How did you find your placement role?
I first noticed a few roles for placements on the Creative Careers Page and then followed the link through to the company’s website where I found the role that suited me the most. Creative Careers helped me to apply to placement opportunities, with feedback on CVs, interview tips, vacancy emails targeted to interests and meetings whenever you need.
Who do you work for and what do they do?
WarnerMedia is a well-known company with a powerful portfolio of films, television shows, games, brining iconic entertainment to peoples around the world. At WarnerMedia interns and apprentices are treated like any other employee and given the same opportunities. The company hosts events that you can attend and allows for employee perks, discounts and more. They focus on making sure that you can have fun in your role, whilst learning new skills and gaining professional experience. The company also help arrange monthly intern socials, where you can meet up with others, gain more friends and grow your network.
What is your role?
I work with the Digital Entertainment Group we work with the Cartoon Network and Boomerang Website games. I help out with creating different thumbnail and banner art work for the games, as well as running a YouTube channel and helping with different content management systems services.
What training have you done?
In my role I have thankfully been given the opportunity to focus on the areas that interest me most and have set goals with my manager to help me achieve these. I have had the opportunity to take on training with YouTube and Photoshop.
Art on the stairs at WarnerMedia
What have been the highlights so far?
Highlights so far have been seeing some of the work I’ve helped create appear on the Cartoon Network website as well as an updated graphic for the app stores being put into place after it helped boost downloads of the Cartoon Network GameBox app.
What advice would you give to students who aren’t sure whether to do a placement or not?
I couldn’t recommend doing a placement more. I have met some incredible like-minded people, from immediate team colleagues, other interns and more. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back straight away, applications take time and sometimes companies take a while to get back to you. As cheesy as it is, everything happens for a reason, so keep working on your goals as you never know when you'll achieve them!
What advice would you give to your fellow students in year 1 and year 2 regarding their placement search?
Make sure you do your research, if you are looking for a creative role be creative with your CV and how you answer possible questions you may be asked by employers. And remember to always have confidence in yourself!
Connect with me
If anyone in the first, second or even third year needs any advice or help, I am always happy to help. Connect with me - Ella Hinkley | LinkedIn