Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Media Arts
A student exchange to New York in 2000 came up trumps for Catherine Counihan who has secured a full-time job with Atlantic Television. Catherine moved to New York at the start of 2001 to take up her position as an assistant production manager. She believes the dream opportunity is a window to the world because the company is involved in production work for television internationally. Catherine is already considering the benefits of working in London further down the track.
Atlantic Television was one of two companies with which Catherine undertook internships while on a Deakin overseas study program at Hunter College in Manhattan in the third and final year of her Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts).
'You learn so much through experience so I had organised to see the internship officer at Hunter as soon as I arrived,' explains Catherine, 21, whose optional internships accounted for two of the four subjects required in first semester.
At Atlantic Television Catherine gained hands-on experience as a camera assistant, in film editing, web page design and content and production management. Her second internship was at Comedy Central, a comedy cable station, where Catherine was an assistant to the camera assistant on Strangers with Candy which screened on SBS in Australia.
As part of the exchange program, students are required to complete some form of diary of their experience. Catherine did so in the form of a video which shared the award for the best exchange journal and also won second place in a competition for the best video produced in third year. It was when she sent a copy of the video to Atlantic Television that the possibility of full-time work in New York was raised.