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 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 live streams are viewed around the world, with thousands of viewers each week. We also produce the annual Christmas Festival live stream, which is distributed for broadcast on public televison nationally.
What do student engineers do?
Student audio/video engineers are essential to our department. You may have seen them -- the ones setting up microphones, behind the sound board, or in the control room running cameras.
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. Our student workers learn how to use robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras, serve as video directors for our live streams, operate a Ross video switcher, set up microphones for ensembles, soloists, and presenters, and mix audio on our Yamaha mixing consoles.
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 on 2-person teams to provide live sound and audio/video recording for all daily and Sunday chapel services.
Is this student work?
Yes! Working as a student engineer will fulfill 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 meet your entire work award through this position. Depending on the amount of your award, you can combine this job with another position if you want to gain 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 (~4 hours per week), in order to meet training requirements, biweekly meetings, and the baseline number of events we expect you to work. All meetings and training sessions are considered time worked. Most successful engineers are excited about the work they do and typically work 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. We also offer weekly office hours when there are special projects in the department to be completed outside of live event production.
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 okay! 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 New Student Orientation week with selected candidates. We'll be in touch in early September via email once your application has been reviewed.
If you have questions or want more information, contact Broadcast Media.
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