Three Takeaways from Berklee's Career Center Internship Expo

Chandler Dalton
October 27, 2017
A representative from GFD Productions talks to a student at the Career Center's 2017 Internship Expo.
Representatives from Creative Artist Agency speak to several students.
Shelter Music Boston was among more than 20 employers at the Career Center's 2017 Internship Expo.
Students stop by the Boys and Girls Club of Boston booth to find out about internship opportunities.
A representative from RbR Production Group meets a student.
Mass Music and Arts Society (MMAS) talks about their several internship opportunities.
Image by Mike Spencer
Image by Mike Spencer
Image by Mike Spencer
Image by Mike Spencer
Image by Mike Spencer
Image by Mike Spencer

With midterms rounding the corner, it can feel daunting to explore the possibility of an internship in the spring or summer. Thankfully, Berklee has done some of the heavy lifting. The college’s former Career Development Center and Office of Experiential Learning merged with Boston Conservatory’s Career Center this year, and the combined department kicked off its union with an Internship Expo in David Friend Recital Hall and the Loft this month.

More than 20 employers across the arts and entertainment industries participated in the expo to recruit for internships, offering students a jump start on their careers. The following is a sampling of tips to help land an ideal internship, a list culled from students who attended the expo.

Do the Research

Even a quick glance at a company’s website can give you enough information to make an impression on a representative, and it will allow you to make a better connection with that person in the few minutes they might have.

Know What You Want

Members of the Career Center team are there to help you figure out what you want out of an internship, but you can help that process by asking yourself a few questions ahead of time:

  • How do you learn best—with a mentor, on a team, or through solo projects?
  • What aspects of the music industry fascinate you?
  • What cities would you like to live in for a semester?

Employers appreciate interns who know what they want and can immerse themselves in a learning and working experience with confidence and self-awareness. If all of this is making your head spin, remember the most important tip of all...

It’s Going to Be Okay

Employers want you to succeed, because your success is their success. Berklee’s new Career Center is full of resources and people who will support you—from your first day on campus to your first day on the job. Explore the Career Center website, connect with a career advisor, and talk to fellow students who have already completed internships.

Chandler Dalton is a sixth-semester student majoring in music business/management.

Participating Companies 

Arnold Worldwide
Avedis Zildjian
BMF Media
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
Creative Artists Agency
GFD Productions
Gratitude Sound
Kids' Orchestra
Mass Music and Arts Society (MMAS)
National Youth Development Council
NV Concepts
RbR Production Group
Shelter Music Boston
SpeakEasy Stage Company
The Best Seats
The Dance Complex
The Record Company
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Yobe Inc. 

Virtual Meetups

Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records
Gibney Dance
United Talent Agency
Universal Music Group