New England School of Communications may be located in Bangor, but I bet you didn’t know that NESCom’s campus actually runs from coast to coast. I also bet you didn’t know that NESCom has been leading its graduates to bigger and better opportunities nationwide — or that its students are transcending NESCom’s campus to take their skills into real work places.
NESCom has been busy placing its students in competitive and career-changing internships. With the skills gained in these internships, NESCom is graduating professionals prepared to take on the job market and move to the top of their field.
• Rachel Findlen of Windham studied audio engineering at NESCom. She graduated with experience from the East and West coasts of the United States due to her internship at Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
Findlen said that from Day One, her father urged her to seek out NESCom Career Services Director Bill Devine. With perseverance and Devine’s expertise, Findlen landed the internship of her dreams. “After getting my resume and cover letter approved by Bill, I sent it to Conway three times and kept calling. Finally they had no choice but to accept me,” she said.
Findlen worked 12-hour days while working her way up the chain of command and earning respect from the professionals at Conway. “Obviously NESCom taught me a lot about audio. Getting hands on experience made me more confident,” she said. “It helps a lot when you have people like the teachers at NESCom on your side.
“I think the most important things I learned at NESCom were more about how to make it in the industry once you get there,” Findlen said. “I know NESCom is one of the only reasons I got offered a job after the internship. And that’s what everyone is hoping for!”
• Greg Scott Cody of Bourne, Mass. studied video production at NESCom. He is now the technical director for Bruins and Celtics games at TD Bank Garden in Boston.
His internship experience there was a success, for which he credits NESCom Executive Director of Video Production Rodney Verrill and Bill Devine. Cody said they both helped make his internship possible.
“I was fortunate to start my internship during the Bruins’ final run for the Stanley Cup,” Cody said. “On game days I would prepare the control room and cameras before games. During them I would edit a 45-second highlight video that would be played back on the JumboTron during the third period. Once the season was over I began to do a lot of editing and archiving footage.”
Cody said that he met some great people during his internship and, as a result, was hired to be on the control room staff. He said that NESCom played its part in preparing him for working there.
“I honestly can’t describe how much NESCom has prepared me,” he said. “The best thing about attending school here is that it isn’t like any other school. We come here to work, and that might be the key that makes NESCom different and well worth it.”
• Robert Nesbitt of Hodgdon studied broadcast journalism. He made his way to New York City to work with 76 fellow interns at CBS Evening News. “A lot of people ask me how in the world I landed such a great internship, and every time I reply, ‘Honestly, it was just a click away,’” he said. Nesbitt applied online and two months later, after a phone interview, was accepted.
“I could not have asked for a better experience. CBS made sure that we worked hard and earned our place in the news room,” he said. Nesbitt worked with other interns on producing full-length news segments and got to anchor a practice newscast at the CBS news desk.
“I’ve had two different job interviews since graduating in December, and each one expressed how my landing a network internship had a huge part in being brought in for an interview,” Nesbitt said. “I now know that this is absolutely, without any shadow of a doubt what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
• Molly Derrig of Rockport is majoring in NESCom’s newest degree programs, entertainment production. Though the program is new, Derrig still managed to participate in an internship.
“I had an internship at the Camden Opera House over the summer,” she said. “I went in every Thursday (afternoon) to help the production manager with advertising and media publicity. I worked with the technical director on lighting, sound, and projection needs. Overall I had a blast, and they really worked with my tight summer schedule.
“Since they are a rental facility, they loved to hire me out to some of the renters, which gave me some good experience working with different groups and personnel. I ran sound for the Everyman Repertory Theater show and lights for the Camden Civic Theater’s performances,” Derrig said.
She will be one of the first students to graduate from the entertainment production program this year. More than half of the EP students have or are currently participating in internships locally. The program hopes to expand to more distant locations soon.
• Selma Basic of Prijedor in Bosnia and Herzegovina studies marketing. She owes her internship to Nancy Roberts. “(She) was the reason I got (my) internship,” Basic said. “As [the NESCom] marketing communications director, Nancy has great connections for students in the marketing field. I needed an internship close to home, and she helped me find it.”
At People Making Good, Basic was given professional tasks to fulfill, including writing press releases and creating media lists. “PMG gave me the opportunity to challenge myself, putting the skills I had gained at NESCom to the test,” she said. “Throughout my internship I noticed a great improvement in my writing skills. Writing press releases suddenly felt natural.
“At PMG I did real work for real clients. I gained a variety of skills in public relations, which will help me continue to do well in my career. I definitely believe that my experience at PMG will help me find a job after college,” she said.
• Gino Devaney of Salem, N.H. studied radio at NESCom. Bill Devine was the driving force behind Devaney’s internship with Clear Channel in Portsmouth, N.H.
Devaney quickly learned that working in radio meant fulfilling many tasks. He worked on promotions, ran the board for Portland Sea Dog games, and worked on production. “I learned the valuable lesson of paying attention to detail and how much each department depends on each other,” he said. “I got some great insight and experience during my internship as well. The staff trusted me because of where I was getting my education and felt no challenge giving me extra tasks to take care of.”
Devaney is now working for 106.7 KROQ, one of the larger alternative rock stations “in the world. I can honestly say if it wasn’t for NESCom or my internship, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I still learn something new every day, but if it wasn’t for my strong foundation and education, I would have had nothing to build on. For that I am forever grateful to NESCom,” he said.
• Alex Burgos of Belchertown, Mass. studies Web media at NESCom. He took finding an internship into his own hands; he wanted something near his hometown in Massachusetts.
He utilized his Web expertise to find BlueLuna in Peabody. “At BlueLuna, I was thrown into the mix immediately, contributing to the development of multiple Web sites,” he said. “It felt great, and it was very rewarding to get an internship where you feel you are a part of the team right away.”
BlueLuna offers custom Web site design and development, as well as e-commerce solutions, online marketing, web applications, and content management. Burgos said that BlueLuna gave him the experience of working in a big city agency and helped him take his skills “to the next level.”
Burgos learned that perseverance and hard work were key to making his internship work. “One of the things I’ve discovered first hand is how much an internship or relevant experience gives you a leg up on our increasingly competitive work force,” he said. “That, along with the interviewing skills and the coaching I’ve had at NESCom [in] writing resumes, cover letters, and putting together a portfolio have given me an major advantage.”