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Hikari Okamoto in the Olympic stadium

University of Brighton student completes internship at Toyko Olympic and Paralympic Games

Hikari Okamoto from Japan is studying Sport Management BSc(Hons) at the University of Brighton after progressing from a Foundation in Business, Tourism and Social Sciences from UBIC. This year he has completed an internship with the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) as a Liaison Officer during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

The International Olympic Committee established the Olympic Broadcasting Services as the permanent host broadcaster for the Games, they produce neutral live television, radio, and digital coverage of the sports competitions as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This eliminates the need to rebuild the broadcast operation for each addition, and as a result has produced an efficient, streamlined operation, maintaining the highest standards and making use of the latest state-of-the-art broadcasting technologies. 

A family member informed Hikari that the Japanese employment website Pasona was advertising for a student to join the OBS as he was looking for opportunities to work at the Games, after submitting his application he was offered the Liaison Officer role.  

Speaking of his internship Hikari said: “My role was showing broadcasters including BBC, NHK and NBC to the correct camera positions and guiding athletes to the mixed zone where interviews take place after competitions. I was able to learn so many things, especially how significant broadcasting is to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and how mega-sports events are organised.” 

“I would definitely recommend trying a similar opportunity, especially if you are into sports, media and event management. You will enjoy yourself and gain huge experience. Also, you can see how these events are managed from behind and imagine your job and careers plans for the future. Participating in internships and volunteering during university feels really important in finding my future job.” 

All students at the University of Brighton have the opportunity to complete a workplace, internship or live project brief whilst studying for their degree. In addition, students can also seek out their own experiences like Hikari to boost their CV. 

Catherine Johnson • September 20, 2021

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