Internships and apprenticeships can serve as a launch-pad for students or beginning-career-level artists looking to enter or re-enter a specific field. Paid or unpaid, these experience and networking opportunities can boost you to the next level of your career. Internships are generally for high school- to graduate-level students who work for a pre-defined period of time to gain field experience. In exchange, some internships provide course credit hours for the work performed. Internships may also involve a dedicated project or specific time frame. Apprenticeships are more training-intensive and involve being mentored by a master artist or craftsmen allowing entry-level artists the opportunity to gain a complete set of skills in one area.
Before you try to connect with mentors or search for internships, define your goals. These goals can be as specific as practicing verbal communication skills or learning a certain type of writing technique, or they may be as broad as learning more about the music industry. Be careful about drifting too
far from your original intentions as you search and apply for jobs. Searching out internships can be overwhelming. If you do your best to stick to the goals you have outlined, ultimately you will have a more rewarding experience.
As you search through available internships and apprenticeships, start by looking at the level of experience required and the description of responsibilities outlined in each opportunity. Many internship websites allow you to use keyword searches to match up the type of position you are looking for with what is currently available. It may help to have your list of goals and key words in a document on your desktop to quickly copy and paste those terms into the search bar.
Once you’ve found a few internships or an apprenticeship that match your goals and skill set, take a deep dive to acquire more detailed information about the organizations or mentor artists:
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