Why wait to launch your career until you graduate? Start performing and making connections now in one of the world’s great centers for Jazz – New York City.
We offer NYC’s largest music industry internship program. Our students have interned at organizations such as The Mingus Foundation, EMI/Blue Note Records, Nonesuch Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center, ASCAP, VH1 Save-the-Music, The Bunker Studio, Chelsea Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, The Jazz Gallery, and others.
Our gig office can also give you a start at becoming your own entrepreneur. We list an enormous range of performance opportunities and will help you learn to market yourself as a performer.
Make connections with the music industry, with working professionals, and with your fellow students in the cultural capital of the world.
An internship is a fun and exciting way to get on-the-job training in the music field of your choice. Like a part-time job, you do substantive work directly for a supervisor in a professional setting, providing you with skills and insight into the music industry. Internships are a great way to identify and explore prospective employment that can supplement your career as a musician. While most internships are unpaid, the internships you do while here at The New School will help you to:
Finding an internship is similar to finding a job. At The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, we provide advisement and support to help you locate and land your ideal internship. Utilizing our online internship and job board,
, students are able to search for a wide variety of opportunities at record labels, recording studios, non-profits, music festivals, venues, as well as in music education, publishing and management. 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.
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?
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.
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:
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