Eilis Power

Eilis Power

Research Assistant (Oceanic Department), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Television and Screen Production

AUT communications alumna Eilis Power says she always knew she wanted to work in the media. She loved that AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies covered a wide variety of subjects, making it easy to find the area she is passionate about.

“As a communications student you get the opportunity to try out a range of subjects – from journalism to digital media – and I soon found my niche.

“AUT has the best facilities for communication studies, it’s world-renowned and has lecturers who work in the industry. The new technology AUT has, like the cameras and Mac labs, is industry standard and makes learning a lot easier.”

Life in New York
After graduating at the end of last year, Eilis is now interning at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), an opportunity she got through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.

She loves New York and what it offers to a recent graduate.

“I work as the assistant to the Oceanic creator. That means I’m responsible for setting up social media profiles, creating briefs, collecting resources, working in the archives and attending events.

“I enjoy learning about what happens behind the scenes in a museum, and the immense amount of work it takes to curate a show. Best of all, I get to visit the best museums in the world – from the Met, to MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History.”

A trusted network
Eilis says she loved her time at AUT, and she recommends the communications degree to anyone with an interest in the media.

“My favourite part was working in AUT’s very own TV studio and getting to be hands-on with all of the equipment. You get such relevant skills – by the end of first year everyone can produce a radio-ready podcast, film and edit footage, and make digital pieces.

“I also loved how social everyone is in the degree. At the end of the three years everyone knows everyone, and has great connections and friendships that will definitely be useful in the workforce.”