March 7, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has recently launched an internship program to grow the candidate pool for technical and operational roles and increase the number of women in these positions.

The venue has forged partnerships with technical education institutions to facilitate the program.

RMIT Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services graduate Ebony Watts has just joined MCEC as an intern for six months full time.

“This is a big step for me. This is my first real job and I never thought I would be working in a venue like this,” said Watts.

“I have tagged along with lighting techs, multimedia techs and even venue techs in addition to the general AV crew I have been rostered with, everyone I’ve met is really nice and has warmly welcomed me.

“My interest is primarily in lighting tech and I’m fairly confident with basic vision tech. I’m nervous to learn more about audio as it’s currently my weak point but I know it’s a necessary part of AV and I’m confident I will get the appropriate support to delve into that area at MCEC.”