Alumni Spotlight – Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Congratulations to Digital Art & Design Graduate Eric Anderson! Eric is working as a Media Developer, doing graphic design and web development for Mandli Communications. We asked him to tell us about his recent career success and to give some advice to current MMI students:

In my second semester at MMI I was asked through Career Services if I was interested in offering some web development help to a local company, Mandli Communications. I completed a small web development project for Mandli and they brought me on as an intern doing front-end development, converting Photoshop documents into usable web code. I worked as an intern under the Marketing Director and another designer for about year and was eventually brought on full-time in 2012. Throughout this process I learned to never sell yourself short. When you have a good idea or something new to contribute, let your peers, supervisor, or coworkers know about it. I would also recommend that you rarely say that you can’t do something, especially in the beginning of your internship or employment. If you are asked to develop or design something that you have limited experience with, take the time to learn something new.Mandli Communications [More…]

Career Chat Friday – Elite Clientele

Elite Clientele

The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 27th, Building B at 1pmElite Clientele, an MMI graduate owned production company,  will be here to discuss their current opening for audio engineer.  They also contract work with videographers, editors, and graphic and web designers.  Co-owner Divine Wilson will be here to chat with us!

Majic ProductionsUpdate from 3/20/15:  Steve Troxell, General Manager at Majic Productions and MMI graduate, was in to chat with us.  He informed us the Majic is always hiring if the right person comes along. They are a live audio and visual company and hire both full and part time – right now! Based out of Milwaukee they service most of South Central WI and a little into IL but have traveled as far as Las Vegas!  Most of their business is corporate but they do get some music venue business from time to time. [More…]

Weekly Job Tips & Leads from Career Services – Resumes!

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Special Delivery: Resumes (Part 2)

Confidence will carry you!
Confidence or self-assurance in the application and interview process starts with having a well-crafted résumé. Your goal should not be limited to having the best looking résumé but should also aim towards writing a résumé that emphasizes your valuableness and achievements. Your belief in your ability to perform a job is a key intangible that you must convey to prospective employers.

How to Convey Your Confidence in Your Resume?
First, provide persuasive information, versus generic information, when writing your résumé. Most résumés provide only generic information such as the verbatim re-statement of current or former job descriptions. These types of descriptions lack the details of how your work on X led to Y and how this resulted in a successful outcome for your company or organization. [More…]

Career Chat Friday – Majic Productions

Majic Productions

The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 20th, Building B at 1pm.  Majic Productions, a sound, video and lighting production company based out of Brookfield, WI will be onsite to discuss their current openings including an Audiovisual Technician position.  To learn more about the company go to

While Career Chats brings in specific employers in specific industries, NEVER hesitate to come!  Even if an opportunity is outside your industry the information these employers share is versatile and applicable to everyone.  Besides – you never know when an employer should be looking for you and isn’t – they won’t know it until they meet and speak with you!


Career Chat Friday – Segredo’s Nightclub


The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 13th, Building B at 1pm.  Segredo’s Nightclub will be here to discuss their current openings of both an events coordinator intern and a social media intern.  MMI grads currently work at Segredo’s and started themselves in internship positions.

Update from 3/6/15:  MMI instructor Rob Howard, worker bee at Human Head Studios and connection with Gearbox Studios was in and shared his expertise and wisdom about applying for jobs specifically to Gearbox Studios (where he knows people!)  but his advice is universal and applicable to all: [More…]

MMI Sweeps Category in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Student Awards

WBA Awards

On Saturday, March 7th, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) announced its award winners for outstanding and exceptional student productions.  Competition included entries from universities and colleges throughout the state.  Madison Media Institute swept the Long Form Production (TV) Non news category.

In first place, Video and Motion Graphics student Steve Waas won for his short promotional video describing Sustain Dane’s Big Share program.  Sustain Dane is a non-profit organization committed to creating sustainable solutions for home, school, business, and municipalities. [More…]

Alumni Spotlight – Zandie Shields

Zandie Shields

Entertainment & Media Business Graduate Zandie Shields uses the skills and talents she acquired while at Madison Media Institute to create, build and grow her own business – ZENT!  ZENT is a brand that stands behind the progression and education of present and aspiring industry professionals through providing a presenting platform, promotional resources, marketing consultations and special project consultations.

ZENT is made of two departments: ZENT Music and ZENT Events. ZENT Music offers performance opportunities, promotional resources, marketing consultations and career planning consultations to entertainment industry professionals; current and aspiring. ZENT Events is an event planning, coordinating, promoting and staffing department. [More…]

Career Chat Fridays Update

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The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 6th, Building B at 1pm.  MMI Instructor Rob Howard will be in to discuss the openings at Gearbox – he has an in there so be sure to come and hear the inside scoop! There will also be time to work on resumes, cover letters and demo reels until 4pm.  Faculty and Career Services staff will be available and on hand to help!

If you missed last week’s introduction to Career Chat Fridays, click HERE!

Update from 2/27: While no employer was in to speak we still had plenty to speak about!  Attendees worked with Career Services Advisor Robert Agnew on the how and whys of researching a potential employer before you even send in your resume. If you really want to work for a specific company you need to be able to back up why – both for yourself and the employer. If you are enthusiastic about something regarding the company that will come through and will make you memorable. To know what makes you passionate about a company you have to first understand the company and that takes research.  Working for a company whose mission, vision, values and product you can get behind can make an okay job a truly memorable job. [More…]

Career Chat Fridays

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MMI Career Services recently implemented a new employer talk series “Career Chat Fridays”.  The first hour of Chat Time is spent with local employers currently hiring who are asked to

  • give an overview of their company
  • discuss current job openings
  • give tips & tricks regarding their hiring practices
  • answer any questions attendees may have

The second hour of Chat Time is spent with attendees actively working on resumes, cover letters and demo reels.  Both Career Services staff and various faculty members are present to provide assistance and feedback.  Some attendees even complete their applications and send them in during this time! [More…]

Weekly Job Tips & Leads from Career Services

Career Services

MMI CAREER CONNECTIONS is the latest resource available to MMI students and graduates connecting you to businesses looking to hire MMI students and graduates!  It’s a database that will house your profile with your resume, demo reel, website links, projects, contact information and anything else you might want to share with a potential employer.  It’s your complete MMI profile ALL IN ONE SPOT! 

You can even copy and share the link with potential employers. COMING SOON! we will personalize the web links with your name for you – until then feel free to use your profile standard URL on your resume or in an introductory email to potential employers.

It’s simple and easy to use!  Go to to sign up today, start having employers view your profile tomorrow!  Feel confident that when you submit your profile at Career Connections, someone in MMI Career Services will be reviewing all your links and files to ensure they transferred properly before making your profile public. [More…]