This past summer, Shea Kelley, a senior guard from Norristown, PA, completed an internship in TV Production with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the world's premier sports car racing series.
The series, based primarily in the U.S. and Canada, includes teams competing from five different classes, including Prototypes and Grand Touring cars. The length of the races can last from anywhere between two hours to 12 hours long. The races are primarily aired on ESPN2, ESPN3, ABC and ALMS.com.
Kelley began with the ALMS as a runner, helping TV Production coworkers and executives with anything they needed and running ESPN reporters and announcers around the tracks—all while learning first-hand how to run a camera and the behind-the-scenes setup process of sporting events.
Later on in her internship, Kelley was given the opportunity to test her camerawork skills during the Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario. The director and her fellow camera operators were surprised and pleased to see how well she did and felt she could be a valuable asset as a camera operator for the rest of the season.
Along with the Grand Prix of Mosport, Kelley went on to run camera for the Road Race Showcase at Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI) and will be running camera again at the ALMS race at Virginia International Raceway on Sept. 15.
Toward the end of her internship, Kelley received a full-time job offer to return to the American Le Mans Series for the 2013 season as a camera operator.