“The goal in college is to put yourself out there—to learn as much as you can by doing as much as you can.”
A big reason most of us go to college is to get a job. But have you ever fallen into the endless circle of “I need to get experience to get a job, but I need a job (or internship) to get experience”?
I know how you feel. I am a college sophomore trying to make it in the world of broadcast media. A Communication Arts major at New York Institute of Technology, I am fortunate to be at a school that emphasizes hands-on classwork.
I was a freshman at Adelphi University, but I sought to transfer to NYIT in Old Westbury as soon as I heard about and saw the infrastructure of their Communication Arts Department. I felt like I needed to be at a college where I would learn what the pros do in the real world.
In Studio and Field Production 101 at NYIT, you will get your hands on a camera, microphone, and boom on day one. Once you know the basics, then you’re ready to be involved in Globesville, NYIT’s student-run live television entertainment and news production Web channel.
Globesville is more like a job than a class, and I am taking it now. Classes run from 9 am–5 pm two days a week. The professors work with students in teams to produce weekly shows, which include Pangea Gaming, Pangea Trending, Pangea Sports, Pangea Music, and Globesville Campus News. This gives us plenty of opportunities to talk about and work on subjects we like. I write for, produce, and host special reports for Globesville Campus News.
This is where job experience and learning intersect at the corner of fun. Every week we come up with topics to talk about in our shows. Members of our team are designated director, producer, host, and audio and turn everything we need to make a show. We even make promotional videos for our shows that run on our Internet channel, Globesville.com, and our social media channels.
Every morning, two hours of the class is dedicated to public relations, where we discuss everything from how to get our name out there to how to engage followers on social media. We also used this time to plan our new website launch party, which involved everything from how to get promotional materials for giveaways to creating our own designs for banners and flyers with our station’s logo to agreeing on a schedule and catering. It doesn’t get any more hands-on than that.
Today I feel like I have gained so much experience from Globesville. I am confident to go to CBS, Fox News, PBS, or any other news channel to ask for a job when I graduate. I have sent out many internship applications to television networks, and just as I am writing this I have received an internship offer from UNTV, the United Nations' in-house television production network.
The goal in college is to put yourself out there—to learn as much as you can by doing as much as you can. If you have a school that enables you to explore your creativity and learn and make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment, that will not only enhance your college experience, but it will also give you the tools to land a job upon graduation.