Meet the Intern: Madison Van Buren

My name is Madison Van Buren and I’m a bit new to Cleveland. Originally from North Canton, I’d only visit The Land for special events.

When it came time for college, I decided I would study Communications at The Ohio State University. I fell in love with the city of Columbus, but journalism/PR wasn’t exactly my calling. I realized soon enough I needed a profession that was fast-paced and creatively fulfilling; something that could inspire myself and, in turn, inspire others.

Enter: filmmaking.

This revelation led me to the Columbus College of Art & Design, where I now study Cinematic Arts. Through my new school, I found out about the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and all of the amazing work they do for Northeast Ohio.

Madison with fellow GCFC intern Jordan Brown scouting locations around Downtown Cleveland.

In the short time I’ve spent at GCFC thus far, I’ve gained invaluable experience and knowledge about the film industry. I’ve already been offered opportunities I never expected possible with the help of this organization, and for that, I’m entirely grateful.

At GCFC, I’ve been welcomed into a place where curiosity and drive is encouraged, where I can apply the skills I already possess to be of real help. I am most excited to work on summer fundraisers, hopefully providing assistance as a videographer for events. Being at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and getting to experience the beauty of Cleveland firsthand has already made this summer an unforgettable one.

One of the core pillars of GCFC’s mission is workforce development. Throughout the year, several opportunities are available to high school and college students interested in the media production industry to come work with us and learn not only more about the industry, but also about non-profit organizations and day-to-day office life.