A Washougal High School senior is in a summer internship at a local film and video production company.
Sixteen year old Luis Iniguez has been getting hands on experience with a variety of projects at Furman Pictures, LLC, including field production, editing, animation and marketing.
“It’s been good,” says Iniguez. “It’s been fun going out to the field where we did a shoot. That was a new experience.”
Producer Nikia Furman, owner of Furman Pictures, LLC, says he enjoyed having Iniguez on the team.
“I’ve worked with youth quite a bit over the years,” says Furman. “I like to give back to the community when I can. Luis has an opportunity to see what’s is out there. He’s worked as production assistant on a small local project and logging footage on a media project for one of the largest engineering firms in the world. That’s a start.”
Iniguez received the internship through nConnect, a Vancouver-based non-profit which seeks to increase student interest and achievement in STEM by connecting schools to business. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, considered to be the core disciplines of a globally competitive society.
Iniguez was also fortunate to land an internship this summer because of the economy. The ongoing recession has strongly affected the nation’s youth, with the unemployment rate among teens as high as 50% in some cities.
Time Magazine quotes Andrew Sum, head of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University as saying “Proportionally, more kids have lost jobs in the past few years than the entire country lost in the Great Depression.”
But Iniguez seems to be thinking more about his future than the economy.
“It’s been a great experience,” says Iniguez. “I’ve never done anything like this. It gives me knowledge of how the post production works. How you put it together. How to handle business.”
Iniguez hasn’t quite made up his mind whether he want to work in the film and media industry or in culinary arts as a chef, but his internship made him realize he wants to work more on his typing skills and expand his knowledge of software.
It’s a great experience to learn different trades. If you are not sure what trade you are doing, if you don’t know what you are going to do for a career, it will give you insight into different jobs you can do.”
Several regional newspapers covered this story, including the Oregonian, Columbian and Camas Post Record.