Student Broadcasting Internship Spotlight: Lance de Selm

Lance de Selm, '22, a rising senior majoring in communications and media with a double minor in music and sport management, landed an exciting broadcast internship with the Merrimack College Athletics Department. The internship has allowed de Selm to engage in hands-on experiential learning in a field he would like to pursue upon graduation.

de Selm has always been interested in broadcast and videography. In his sophomore year, he started looking for ways to build these skills and started working with the Athletics Department to film sports games. In fall 2020, de Selm heard about the Athletics Department broadcast internship through one of his courses and decided to apply.

The work can change from day to day, de Selm said. On days when there are no scheduled games, he is able to work remotely. He edits game footage, conducts interviews and prepares social media content. On game days, de Selm is often the first person to arrive to set up the broadcast and audio equipment.

After troubleshooting any issues with the equipment, de Selm checks in with the commentator and camera operator to make sure they understand what the video director is looking for. After the games, de Selm reviews footage and highlight reels.

de Selm, who has been making videos since he was 11 years old, has always been interested in filmmaking. He credits his TV production and sports communication courses with helping him prepare for his internship.

“It’s been a challenge trying to step into a director role,” he said. “Prior to this semester, I haven’t done that before and it comes with a lot of responsibilities. But with some guidance, I am building my confidence and I really enjoy being a part of the video-making process.”

de Selm said he has plans to use his music minor to help him break into the music video production industry. After graduation, he sees himself pursuing a video production career. He said since completing his internship he is certain this is the right path for him.