Intern Spotlight: Olivia Nunes-Malek

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The new A-League season is almost underway and this means a new crop of interns joining The Football Sack Internship Program.

The TFS Internship Program has already seen 86 successful graduates come through its ranks, with this season seeing 15 new faces ready to work hard towards their dream job in the industry.

Throughout the season we will highlight some of those interns, and this month we spoke to Olivia Nunes-Malek, who will be covering Sydney FC during the 2021/22 A-League and W-League seasons.

As a 21-year-old fourth-year university student, studying a double degree in journalism and international studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Olivia was looking for her next step. She noticed The Football Sack internship advertisement on the university website and was more than happy with what she read.

Opportunities to interview professional sportsmen and women, gaining access to the press box and post-match press conferences, receiving training and experience in the latest industry trends: it all seemed too good to be true.

But after some investigation, Olivia started to believe this was all true – and that the internship was going to be like no other.

“I soon realised that The Football Sack program isn’t structured like a normal internship program,” said Olivia.

“The big difference with this program is that it is an internship designed for students and designed to help them to get into the industry as opposed to other programs that simply bring students on to do the day-to-day monotonous tasks that no one else wants to do.”

Olivia was blown away when she found the internship would give her the chance to do more than file papers and take coffee orders for journalists with looming deadlines. Instead, she will attend press conferences, analyse matches, and interview professional players. She will do this all while creating valuable contacts and watching a game she enjoys.

A budding reporter, Olivia has dreamt of working in international news and sees her upcoming internships as a perfect opportunity to hone her craft, work on interview technique and contact building.

“I’ve always wanted to be a foreign correspondent: travelling across the world and reporting on the latest that is going on in various countries. My focus is on digital reporting and radio, so I’m looking forward to attending the press conferences for The Football Sack and being able to sit down in a fast-paced environment and ask questions along with all the other journalists.”

To Olivia, it is no surprise that for 86 hard-working graduates, The Football Sack internship programme has been a pathway to a career. She believes that with the support offered by The Football Sack she will be able to add her name to this list of hopeful job seekers turned happy employees.

“I think these types of programs are really great, especially for students who might have minimum-to-no experience.”

As a volunteer organisation The Football Sack survives on the generosity of individual donors, regular givers and sponsorship. Olivia is grateful for those donors, and knows without them, she may have never been given the chance she has.

She thinks it is extremely important The Football Sack continues to receive funding from generous donors, as it is one of the only internships “designed for students to get into the industry”.

With her eyes set on a career as a digital journalist and a hope to be able to travel the world while she works, Olivia knows this internship is a vital part of her learning to complete these goals.

As well as the rewarding work she will do, Olivia is also just looking forward to working alongside other interns during her time at The Football Sack.

“It’s always a positive being able to work with other interns. From what I’ve seen, the culture seems very positive, The Football Sack is creating events to bring us together and to make sure that everyone is getting on.”

Olivia knows the best is yet to come, and thanks to The Football Sack Internship Program she now has the best chance to make her dreams come true.

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Harry Bartle
Harry is a 3rd year journalism student at Massey University Wellington. He will be covering the Wellington Phoenix for the Football Sack and has a love hate relationship with Ulises Davila
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