During the 2012 NAFSA Conference and Expo, the GoAbroad Team was pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards. As part of a continued effort to recognize the hard work and dedication this year’s nominees, GoAbroad will be sharing individual features of the 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists over the coming weeks. This week, we are thrilled to bring you the Innovative New Program, Internship Abroad Award finalists!
Please join us in congratulating the following Finalist of the Innovative New Program, Internship Abroad Award:
“Actuality Media Internships”
Actuality Media is a for-impact organization that takes media students on outreaches to developing communities around the world. On the ground, students work in crews to research, write, shoot and edit a short documentary that tells the story of a changemaker who is working in new ways to combat chronic social problems. Actuality Media’s motto: “Make movies. Change the world.”
Gathering from across the globe, participants converge on their destination city and get right to work. Students of varied backgrounds – from communication to sociology – and all different skill levels, come together to work as Director, Editor, Producer and Cinematographer. These students come for a serious task: to tell a story that matters.
All crews work to meet benchmarks throughout the trip, from writing the story, to finding their characters, to making a shot list. Every outreach goes out with a blast as crews and changemakers gather for a wrap party – a send-off dinner and premiere for the newly-completed documentaries. Afterwards, the finished films are provided digitally to both the featured changemaker, for use in spreading the word on the good work they are doing, and to the student crew members for festivals and their reels.