Students in the entertainment and media industries (ENTM) certificate program gain experience and build their résumés by working with Fresh Films, a film studio on campus. Throughout the year, students can work on productions, from screenwriting to marketing.
Combined with coursework, this experience prepares students for careers in media and entertainment; working on a Fresh Films production also allows students to stand out during internship and job interviews.
Students completing the ENTM certificate as part of their studies might work at a Hollywood Studio like Disney or Dreamworks, at smaller companies that work within the industry, or within advertising agencies or corporate communications departments. Entry-level jobs include post-production runner, production assistant, TV affiliate accounting, marketing coordinator, animator, IT engineer and many others across creative, technical and business sides of the industry.
Sam Dunklau ’17, multimedia journalism and mass communication/creative writing; pursuing a master’s in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield
“My internship with Fresh Films was intensive, engaging and educational. My work involved quick learning, a keen attention to detail, learning the art of negotiation and sales pitching, critical thinking, and in-depth research…. I never knew how much behind-the-scenes work it can take to keep things on a Hollywood-style set running smoothly!”
Tawanda Mberikwazvo ’17, communication studies/multimedia journalism and mass communication; film editor for Fresh Films/Dreaming Tree Productions
“My peak experience was in the summer of 2016 when I interned with Augustana’s Fresh Films and traveled to different cities throughout the U.S., and also my other internship with WMWC-TV in Galesburg, Ill. My two internships equipped me with exceptional hands-on experience in multimedia, TV broadcasting and engineering.”