A group of Sam Houston State University students is looking to gain real-world experience as they volunteer at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
About eight students from across campus will be heading to the festival, held from March 8 17, to serve as volunteers for various jobs from ushering films, selling tickets and promoting films.
SXSW features independent films, original, music and interactive media.
Im excited but a little scared, Destini Ogbonna, junior broadcast production major said. It will be a lot of work and well be around lots of professionals. But its an awesome chance to network with filmmakers and get work experience.
According to professor of film, Tom Garrett, a film student organized the group to head to this years festival, an experience he hopes will translate into a course offered by SHSU in the future.
Were hoping to make it a formal class next spring Garrett said. I previously taught a course about advertising and promotion of cinema where students get to do campaigns and cover the festival. Its like a field-experience course.