Hello! My name’s Tabitha James and I study Ancient and Medieval History (MA) at the University of Edinburgh. I have the pleasure of being one of two interns at the Beltane Public Engagement Network for the next three months working on Publicity for the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. The opportunity offered by the University to take up a summer internship is invaluable for students as it offers us the chance to develop professional skills that our degree might not focus on. It is also an added bonus to see behind the scenes of various departments within the University. Working with Beltane this summer is going to be a fantastic chance to further skills I have developed through societies such as the Edinburgh University Theatre Company as well as helping me decide whether marketing is a career path I wish to pursue (an idea I’ve been toying with). The shows we have lined up for #CODI17 are extremely interesting and it’s going to be exciting to get to know the researchers behind each show and their reasons for getting involved and combining education with entertainment!
Hi! I’m Alexandra Cameron and I am about to enter my fourth and final year of studying Law and French. I have also recently started as an intern for Beltane working on the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. This internship was offered as part of the Employ.Ed scheme and facilitated by the Institute for Academic Development. We are also being offered the opportunity to complete an Edinburgh Award, and be recognised by our university, alongside our internships. Despite having only started last week, we have already been thrown into the project – attending meetings, creating publicity materials, website-making and helping with the Beltane Annual Gathering. The internship has already proved itself to be an unparalleled opportunity to combine my background in the arts with my interest in academia, helping to bring the most controversial work and ideas of some of the UK’s finest researchers and academics to the Fringe – no mean feat! From June to August we will be focusing on marketing the shows and hopefully ensuring that they stand out in the already-crowded Fringe. It is an honour and a privilege to have been afforded the opportunity to work with such amazing people and to continue the work of this exciting project. I’m very much looking forward to the summer ahead!