Introducing Tina

Image: young woman sitting on moon and looking up at it

Tina is undertaking an internship at History SA and has been working on social media for the History Festival since she arrived in March. You may have ‘talked’ to Tina on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, where she’s been the voice of the History Festival (give or take a few interjections from colleagues).

Tina comes from Bavaria, in Germany, and we feel very lucky that she has chosen to undertake her internship with us. She’s been a great addition to the team and a lively participant in tea room discussions.

Why an internship at History SA?

Tina had visited South Australia previously and was keen to undertake an internship placement in Adelaide.

In Germany I study International Tourism Management and the fourth semester, which I am currently in, is a practical one in order to gain experience in the ‘real world’. I sent out applications to about 20 companies in Adelaide and History SA was the one who answered, and it was my favourite from the beginning of course. I’ve always been interested in history, but unfortunately we don’t learn a lot about Australian history in Germany.

Day to Day

Tina’s tasks have included creating social media posts and promotions for History Festival events and more broadly for the History Festival, taking photos and videos, evaluating post performances and developing campaigns in cooperation with the Marketing department or other members of the History Festival team.

I think by now everyone has seen me wandering around with the camera and trying to get as many behind the scenes photos as possible. Some try to hide, but in the end everyone gets to be in one of the pictures.

Tina has kept us all entertained and brought some wonderful new ideas to how we promote the History Festival online.

Highlights

As part of her role Tina has had fun taking part in History Festival events. She has helped hand out programs in Rundle Mall, been part of the team for Dressing Up, and visited history festival events in a range of places from Beltana to Mannum.


One of Tina’s highlights was the Hahndorf Walking Tour.

Being German myself I loved to hear the stories about the life of early settler and how they’ve struggled setting up a science and general knowledge oriented school in addition to a religion oriented one, how they helped the young State of South Australia and what their homes looked like.

Event though she was ‘too slow’ to register for a few events, she managed to go to 17 events in total, including several walking tours and open houses.

Getting to know Tina

While she has been in Adelaide Tina has not just embraced the History Festival but has joined a choir and done a lot of sightseeing around Adelaide with a friend she met at choir rehearsal.

Tina in Adelaide

I’m in love with English literature. Shakespear, Austen, Eliot, Brontë Sisters, Hardy, Dickens, Conan Doyle…. I love them all. I sometimes find myself daydreaming about walking through the grounds of Pemberly, wandering through Bleak House or strolling up and down the High Streets of Bath and London. And of course, I’ve read them in the original English version, not some weird German translation!

We’ll miss Tina when she returns to Germany, but luckily she’s sticking around just a little longer to help with the History Festival wrap up here. Make sure you send us a postcard from home Tina!

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