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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - November 30, 2017

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CRAS AES hosted an Internship Bootcamp during which students were divided into teams and
sent to four different stations, studio, administrative, kitchen, and live sound. During the studio
intern simulation students were asked by CRAS instructor Dave Kohr, to set up 6 microphones,
get signal through the Neotek console, then tear it all down within all the 15 minute time limit.
Students were in charge of everything from using the patch bay, to keeping their cables runs neat
and tidy.
Next, the students moved onto the administrative station, run by CRAS internship coordinator,
Rachel Ludeman. She told the student that she was going to have a party and that she needed
their help to plan it. Her instructions included party length, amount of people, and what kind of
food and entertainment she wanted to have. The students were then in charge of finding a caterer,
music, drinks, and whatever else they needed in order to run a session on a console they were
unfamiliar with. They were then asked to compile their findings onto one sheet of paper, and turn
it into her. The goal was to keep costs low while still finding everything that the students were
asked to find.
From there, the students moved into the kitchen, or food running station. CRAS internship
coordinator, Dave Torres, was in charge of this portion of the bootcamp. He instructed the
students to go around taking orders from anyone on campus, including instructors, project staff,
and students, and fulfill them. While taking and fulfilling the orders the students had to be sure to
use proper food handling techniques and to clean up any messes they saw while out taking
orders. This helped reiterate how important it is to pay attention to details.
Lastly, the students were sent into the live sound room with CRAS instructor Ryan Baker. Ryan
assisted the students in playing some music over the large PA system, he them instructed the
students to meter the power and set up the club PA system, then tear it all down before the time
was up. There were several steps to do before time was up so this helped the students learn to
work quickly and efficiently as there often is not a large margin for error in live sound.
When all was said and done, the internship coordinators and instructors evaluated the teams and
decided which team was able to carry out the tasks most efficiently. They also went through and
gave feed back on things they saw that were really great and things they saw that could use some
improvement. All in all, this was a wonderful learning experience for all of the students involved.
It is events like the Internship Bootcamp that help the CRAS students get ready for some of the
tasks that will be expected of them when they leave school and head into their internships.

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