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"I am completing an internship with the non-profit Spurwink Organization, in which I am working for their marketing department creating a video database of all of their sponsored locations. This internship opportunity has given me the chance to get out on the road, and practice the entire video production process from start to finish ..."

Student Spotlight

Michael D'Apice

Class of 2012

Degree

B.A.

Major Department

Communications

Hometown

Canton, Conn.

Biography

I graduated from Canton High School with the class of 2008, which is where I first discovered my deep interest for creating, editing, and producing video. I also participated in extra-curricular activities such as varsity football and volunteer work on a farm in town. Along with the typical high school experience, which introduces future opportunities for any student, the reality was that I was going to get to attend college in a program that I was actually passionate about and interested me. 

I knew right away that a communications major would be my declaration. It was the best route for me to consider so that I could enhance my pre-existing skills in the video editing/production field. When I began classes as a communications major at UNE I was confronted with an assortment of tools that I knew would benefit me throughout my college years and far beyond.

What do you like about UNE and your major department?

What first drew me to UNE was first and foremost its location. The fact that I could pursue my degree on the beautiful location UNE has to offer was incredible. Maine has a completely different atmosphere than my hometown in Connecticut, and once I saw that UNE offered my major, no more needed to be said - I was there. Another perk about the school are the assortment of peers you will interact with and the friends you make along the way. Whether they are students or professors, whether they are related to your department or not, they will be there to help you along the way.

I have enjoyed the courses that the Department of Communications has offered me along the path to achieving my degree. They have all been very diverse and even though only a handful have been relative to my interest in video production, each class has bettered me in that area. No matter what interest a student may hold, the offered curriculum molds to you. Although it may be scary, these courses equip you with the knowledge you will need to perform exceptionally in the working world which is realistically right around the corner.

What internships, clinicals or class projects were especially important to your professional development?

I am completing an internship with the non-profit Spurwink Organization, in which I am working for their marketing department creating a video database of all of their sponsored locations. This internship opportunity has given me the chance to get out on the road, and practice the entire video production process from start to finish, more than just video assignments from a class. 

UNE has also given me the opportunity as a communications major to work with the Department of Environmental Studies in creating an online interactive map of the Saco River and all of the stakeholders/businesses that utilize the river. This has enabled me to make contacts around the UNE campus and expand my study and experience in the field, something I would have never gotten to do otherwise.

What are your plans for the future?

Although it cannot be determined where I will end up, I plan on continuing my pursuit of finding a profession that deals with the video production process. Whether it is working a camera, editing, or scripting, I know I will be happy wherever I land. Ideally a news station, ESPN, or even a marketing department for a corporate company I will still be doing what I enjoy. I feel very confident in myself that I have what it takes to make something out of this degree in which I’ve spent the last four years of my life achieving. 

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