There is no doubt that full time study is tiring and at degree level it is can seem like a marathon. Whilst the Media Technology programme has been designed to be applied, it can sometimes still feel like a lot of theory to take on board. But did you know that you can suspend your studies for a year to complete an industry placement?
Several of our industry contacts have year-long internships available and this can be a great way to apply your knowledge and turbocharge your CV. Several students take up internships each year – usually between their second and third years. Over the last academic year we’ve had students at Evertz, Ericsson, Dolby and FocusRite.
Hannah is about to complete her internship at Evertz before returning for her final year of Broadcast Systems Engineering. Early in her placement, she built and installed a prototype cloud playout system in Washington and has continued to work on IP infrastructures since. Evertz have been at the forefront of IP broadcast networks and have developed several standardised architectures and protocols such Software Defined Video Networks. The project Hannah has been working on recently won the IABM Game Changer award at NAB and is expected to go live before she leaves.
It sounds like Hannah has really enjoyed her time at Evertz and we look forward to learning more from her on her return in September. The course team often post opportunities via the Media Technology Programme forums on SOL and Facebook or you can organise your own placements. Talk to your course leader or the student hub if you’d like to suspend your studies for a year out in industry.
On 15th November undergraduates were visited by Damien Hawley from FocusRite. Damien visited to introduce Media Technology students to the graduate positions and internships available at FocusRite. There are a number of graduates currently working at FocusRite and Damien was joined by a current undergraduate Adam, who is midway through a paid 12 month placement between his second and third year at Solent. He has been working on developing automation for test and measurement routines using Raspberry Pis and was enthusiastic about the projects he has been involved with and the skills he has gained. Damien explained that FocusRite believe in raising the skill set of graduate engineers using on the job training and development programmes. There are positions available each year in a variety of roles from technical support through to software development. It was great to hear what our undergraduates and graduates have been up to and the positive reputation that the Media Technology programme has within the industry.