4 Things I Learned While Looking for a Music Business Internship

Tips to Help You Land a Music Business Internship

Searching for a music business internship is hard work. There are so many opportunities out there that it can be hard to know which way to turn and where to apply. In this article, a music business college student who has been there, done that shares what she learned during her search. Let what she learned the hard way make your internship hunting easier. Take it away, Ann Brophy:

A Great Resume is Everything

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Most companies require a resume when applying for an internship, therefore your resume needs to represent you. Since most internships do not interview face to face, your resume is how you are going to stand out from other applicants and highlight all your accomplishments. Do not hold back any achievements or talents you may have because they could make you stand out. When applying for an internship in the music industry it is essential to include in your resume all experience you have had with music, no matter how small it may seem to you. If a company sees you have made the effort to gain any experience you can in the industry, you immediately have an advantage. I like to use my resume to almost brag in a way without sounding arrogant.

Besides including all your experience, your resume needs to have an objective relevant to the internship you are applying for, education, work history, and any other skills that may help you to stand out. For instance, if the internship you are applying for requires you to write press releases or artist biographies and you know how to do that, make sure you include that in the skills section of your resume. Also, if you have any writing samples, it is not a bad idea to attach some of your writing. Having an effective resume is the best way to guarantee you will stand out among others. More

Following-Up is a Necessity

When applying for an internship in the music industry you cannot just send in your resume then wait around. The music industry is very hectic, so you must take an active role and demonstrate how important an internship is to you. If you emailed someone in a company your resume, follow-up within a week and see if they need any other information. It is also a good idea to let them know that you are available for a phone interview if needed. If you applied for an internship through a company’s website you should give that company a call and let them know that you sent in your resume and you are excited for the opportunity. No matter how you applied for the internship, if time starts to pass by and you have not heard anything back, you must follow-up. When following-up however, never say anything like, “I was wondering when you are going to pick your interns.” This is not professional and sounds like you do not understand how busy these companies are everyday. More

Start Looking Early

Procrastination is simply out of the question when internship hunting. If you are looking for a summer internship, I recommend starting January or even December. Make sure your resume is together and up to date. Smaller companies may not be thinking about summer internships yet, but the bigger companies will. If you sit around waiting for something to come to you, or do not research opportunities, you will miss your chance. More

Apply Everywhere

You are just starting out in the music industry; you do not have the freedom to be choosy. Apply to big companies, apply to small companies, apply to major labels, and apply to indie labels. It is important to get any experience you can. Chances are no matter where you gain internship you will learn something you did not know before. This also means if you receive an internship but it's not the one you wanted, do not wait around for something better to come along. The music industry is hard to break into and an internship is the best way to get your foot in the door. You must be proactive. More