Eden Wairua-Orme

Eden Wairua-Orme

Studio Intern, Paramount Recording Group, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Creative Industries

Te Whānau a Apanui

Interning at Paramount Recording Group in Los Angeles is a dream come true, says communication studies alumna Eden Wairua-Orme.

“The music industry has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember, and towards the end of my studies I was lucky enough to receive an AUT Internz International Scholarship to intern at Paramount Recording Studios in Los Angeles. It’s a fantastic stepping stone and a great way to meet people in the music industry.

“The Internz programme has been life-changing! My role as studio intern means that I help out with session bookings and keeping the place running smoothly. It can be a busy job but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I’ve gained a lot of insight into how recording labels and their artists work. I’ve also been able to meet a few cool celebrities – they love asking about the New Zealand accent.”

Creating great graduates
For Eden, choosing to study at AUT was a no brainer.

“Amongst my peers AUT is renowned for its successful communication studies graduates. It has a fantastic reputation for prepping students with practical coursework and valuable work experience. The great thing about AUT is that no matter what you study, you’ll come out with invaluable experience you can’t get anywhere else.”

She was impressed by the academic staff she met throughout her degree, Eden says.

“One major highlight from my time at AUT was how personable the academic staff are. We really got to know the staff well, and they were encouraging and in-depth with their teaching. This was particularly helpful in my final year when assignments became increasingly more challenging. It helped to know that I had tutors who were pushing me to do well.”

Advice for other students
Make the most of the opportunities AUT offers, Eden advises other students.

“Studying at AUT was the most rewarding experience, and I want to encourage people to throw themselves into the many opportunities on offer. There are various groups, committees and days held by the University that can enhance your time there and help you come out with some seriously awesome employability skills.

“No matter what degree you choose to study at AUT, you’ll definitely have fun while studying. Enjoy the ride while you can!”