Emma Hanley

Emma Hanley

Marketing and Event Production Assistant, Oxygen Eventworks, New York City
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Advertising Creativity

She had her sights set on getting an AUT Internz internship from her first year at AUT, says communication studies alumna Emma Hanley who is currently interning at Oxygen Eventworks in New York City.

“I knew that the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme was an unparalleled, once in a lifetime experience that I was eager to take advantage of. I applied for a few different internships but the internship at Oxygen Eventworks was the absolute stand out for me. I couldn’t think of anything better than being at a company that makes events come to life for luxury brands and prestigious clients in New York City.”

Emma loves being able to do a bit of everything in her role.

“I deal a lot with clients, mostly managing their production needs, as well as event administration. I’m also heavily involved in Oxygen's marketing and branding; creating sales decks and cut sheets on top of website and social content. The most exciting part is getting to interact with incredible and high-profile clients on a daily basis. There’s no better feeling than being on board a project from day one and getting to see the event all come together.”

Innovative and relevant
She was always fairly certain that the AUT communications degree was the right fit for her, Emma says.

“Throughout high school I had a passion for media and this, paired with AUT’s modern and innovative approach, had me very excited about what a future at AUT would look like. Once I found out that I’d been fortunate enough to receive an AUT Significant Student Scholarship, there was no doubt in my mind that AUT was where I was meant to be.”

She appreciated AUT’s commitment to adapt with society.

“The content taught throughout the communications degree was always refreshingly current and relevant to today, whether that be social issues or applications of new technology.

“I loved getting a taste of everything communications had to offer in the initial stages of the degree, but my highlights came in the final year. My advertising partner and I were stoked to have our creative assignment chosen for STA Travel to run as part of their 2019 campaign. To have your ideas and hard work recognised by the client was an extremely rewarding experience.”

Advice for other students
Emma, who graduated at the end of 2018, has some great advice for other students.

“My advice for future AUT students is to make the most of your time at university by really applying yourself where your passions lie.”

She also has some wise words for anyone thinking about applying for the Internz programme one day.

“For all the students who are keen to become Internz one day, just go out there and get applying. You'll have to spend a fair bit of time crafting your applications to ensure it's tailored to the company and role, but that's crucial to landing an interview so shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought.”