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Lab Experience Leads to Careers


01/22/2009

When Christopher Mailman '07 served an internship in communications during his senior year at MCLA, to opened the door to his future career. Working with professor Michael Birch, Mailman learned -and then taught - the College's new Avid Media Composer, a software program used by 85 percent of producers in the film industry and 95 percent of television producers.

Upon his graduation, Mailman was employed at News 22 in Springfield, where he was an assistant news director. He later was promoted to news director.  Last year, he joined Avid's technical support department, where he offers frontline support to companies like NBC, FOX, Dreamworks and MTV, as well as to niche editors, helping them use Avid's system to create programs broadcast to national audiences.

Photo of Alum His internship was made possible by a $30,000 upgrade to a new Avid editing system in early 2007. In addition to the editing system, the studio has new cameras, a new lighting system, new VCRs, and a brand-new control room which includes an audio board, character generator and a large screen LCD monitor wall. This upgrade allows MCLA students to work with the most advanced broadcast systems available.

Like Mailman, Courtney Newton '08 served an Avid system internship which led to a job upon graduation.  In summer 2007, she served an internship in Los Angeles for a television production company, City Lights Television, where she used an Avid system to edit TV shows and films. She continues that work for City Lights at its New York City location. Her responsibilities include working on trailers for the company's independent films and audio mixes for shows and movies.

The technical knowledge acquired from MCLA is only part of what helps students succeed. These alumni note that their education set the foundation for their careers, as the communication skills they learned at MCLA are key to succeeding in any job in this field their field.