Join our Student Engineering Staff
What does Broadcast / Media Services do?
Broadcast / Media Services provides the college with professional audio, video, lighting, and media production services. We support all events in Boe Memorial Chapel, music concerts and special events in and Skoglund Auditorium, as well as other events in a variety of venues around campus including guest lectures, conferences, seminars, and more.
In addition to sound and lighting for the live audience, we provide audio and video recordings for broadcast, CD/DVD release, and other uses. Our video broadcasts are viewed around the world via the internet, and our annnual Christmas Festival broadcast is distributed for broadcast on public televison nationally.
Check out our behind-the-scenes Twitter account, @StOBroadcast, at right for a peek at some of what we do.
What do student engineers do?
Student audio/video engineers are essential to our department. You may have seen them -- the ones on the camera platforms, behind the sound board, or in the control room running the video switcher.
They work behind the scenes to prepare, record, produce, and edit our broadcasts. In addition, they help out with other event sound and lighting as needed. Through the course of their work, they gain experience in a variety of audio and video production equipment and techniques.
Student engineers take on essential roles in our live broadcasts, including:
- Broadcast Audio Engineer
- House Audio Engineer
- Video Director
- Switcher Operator
- Camera Operator
In addition to work during live events, student engineers assist in editing audio and video for distribution, maintaining our inventory of equipment, and other essential tasks.
Our most experienced engineers work independently toprovide live sound and audio/video recording for all daily and Sunday chapel services.
Is this student work?
Yes! Working as a student engineer will fulfil your work study award. At present, college policy does require that engineers have a work award as part of their financial aid package, to qualify for any work position on campus.
It is possible to fulfil your entire work award through this position. Depending on the amount of your award, it is common to combine this job with another position, should you desire to have experience in another field, or already have a job lined up.
How much time does it take?
Weekly commitments of time vary depending on the number of events we're supporting. There are ample opportunities to assist on the production of concerts and events -- while some weeks can be short, other weeks can provide many hours of work. Because of the nature of the schedule, it is possible for the job to be flexible around your class & life schedule. The projected minimum required is about 120 hours/year, in order to meet training requirements, biweekly meetings, and the baseline number of events we expect you to work. Most successful engineers are excited about the work they do, and seek out opportunities to work, often well beyond this minimum.
Keep in mind that because events occur mostly in the evenings, much of our work takes place during evening and weekend hours. Studio and office work can be scheduled at your convenience. There are also opportunities to take on special projects in the department at times.
Those engineers who are responsible for chapel commit to two or three chapel shifts each week in addition to other events they are assisting with.
But I don't know much about audio or video production...
That's ok. We don't require any previous experience to be considered for a job -- we will provide the necessary training in all aspects. This involves a comprehensive semester-long training and mentoring program for newly hired students, with biweekly meetings and ongoing training for all student engineers.
After a successful application and interview process, selected candidates are awarded a probationary position for their first year. At the end of that year, we'll evaluate your progress in training, commitment, and results in order to award you a permanent position, which is yours until you graduate (yes, even if you want to travel abroad).
Because the training is involved, and represents a substantial commitment on our part, and the part of the student engineer, we do ask that student engineers make a commitment to working on our crew until they graduate.
Sounds great! How do get involved?
We hire several new students each year. If being hands-on in the world of audio and video production and broadcasting is something you'd enjoy, apply today! You can get started by filling out our online application below.
We conduct a series of interviews during Week One (and the following week, if necessary) with selected candidates, to identify who we will hire. We'll be in touch via email once your application has been reviewed.
If you have questions or want more information, contact Joshua Wyatt.
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