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How do I find an internship?

Finding an internship is similar to finding a job. At New School Jazz, we provide advisement and support to help you locate and land your ideal internship. Plus, by going through the search process, you will develop lifelong skills that will help you find employment throughout your life, no matter what career path you choose.

Create and update your résumé and cover letter

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-written résumé and cover letter; they are the keys to getting the internship you want. Few people enjoy writing a résumé, especially for the first time, so let the experts help you.

  • Attend a Résumé and Cover Letter Writing Workshop. Career Development at The New School offers a variety of workshops each semester.
  • Use our Résumé and Cover Letter Guides for helpful tips.
  • To schedule a one-on-one meeting with a professional to review your résumé and/or cover letter, contact Career Development at 212.229.1324 or Careers@newschool.edu.

Identify what type of internship you want

Figuring out what kind of internship you want can be the most difficult part of the process. But arguably, it can be the most important! You are working for free not solely to earn credits but to gain valuable skills.

Think about what type of skills you would like to gain. Teaching? Recording? Writing? Marketing?

Also take into consideration what type of organization interests you. Do you want to know how a record label works? Or does the management of a jazz clubs interest you? Students regularly intern at record labels, media outlets, performance organizations and clubs, schools and educational organizations, not-for-profits, commercial and indie music houses, recording studios, and music publishers.

Read the list of internship sites (PDF) for a list of places Jazz students have interned in the last few of years. Keep in mind that your internship options are not limited to these organizations.

When should you begin to look for internships in your preferred areas?

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING for an internship. Students all over the world want to come to New York City to intern in the music business. The competition can be tough. Many large organizations post their internship opportunities months in advance. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of getting an internship you want. Here are a few places you can locate available internships:

  • Look at the web pages of organizations of specific interest to you. Many organizations post internships openings along with their job opportunities. If you can’t find the internship listings, try typing "internships" into the search box or look at the site map.
  • To register for College Central Network Services, click on “Students/Alumni.” On the next page, click on “student.” Select “Register Now.” To create your user ID, type “LS + any 6 digits” (eg. LS123456). Then, choose your own password. Once you submit the registration form, you will be able to upload your résumé (in the hope that employers will look at it) and search for internships.
  • Check job search web sites
  • Check your Groupwise inbox! Whenever we get information about an internship, we forward it to your Groupwise account.

When should you send out résumés and cover letters?

Plan ahead! For a fall internship, send out your résumés and cover letters by August 1st. For spring internships, send résumés and cover letters by January 1st. If you don’t hear from a company within one to two weeks, send a follow-up email to confirm that your information has been received.

 
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