December 30, 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2013

Thanks for a fantastic year and for tweeting, reading, pinning, facebooking, email, chatting, participating in contests, coming to events and everything else you did to support Intern Like a Rockstar in 2013. This year saw continued growth for us and amazing opportunities on here for you from Croshal Entertainment Group, BuzzFeed, SiriusXM, and even a pretty amazing contest with a really cool prize I was admittedly a bit jealous of. It's so amazing to be able to help people live their dreams of working in music and connect with amazing people all over the world doing incredible things in the name of their passion and all of this is possible because of you and your support. This site started out as just a simple blog with no budget (okay that part is still accurate) aimed at maybe helping a few people if they stumble across it on Google, but it's growing into something much bigger than that and into something that just maybe can actually make a difference. There's much more to come in 2014, including the return of the Twitter chat and an exciting project I'm already working on with some fantastic helpers. So stay tuned! As always, let us know if there's anything we can do to help. Thanks so much for being so amazing and inspiring. Here's a look at the posts you made popular this year.
Happy New Year from Intern Like A Rockstar!
1) How to Write a Music Industry Cover Letter
Cover letters are one of the most important job search tools, but they're useless if you have no idea what exactly you should be writing about. This post, that was shared by GRAMMY Camp on their Facebook page, tells you exactly what your cover letter needs to communicate and helps you put it all together with an example.

December 29, 2013

Writing Your Resume: Prove It or Lose It

Let's say you're at a party and you meet two people, we'll call them Bill and Ted, who both work in social media. You ask them to tell you more about their work. Bill says "I'm great with Twitter, I'm detail oriented, I really understand people, and I'm hard-working." Ted says "Well, let's see, I recently worked on a project where I created a scavenger hunt across company XYZ's social media pages. It got them 800 more Facebook likes, 2000 new Twitter followers, and $200,000 increased revenue from sales on their site in a month" So, who are you more likely to believe actually knows their stuff? Probably Ted right? So, what if you read two resumes that had those same descriptions- who do you think would get the job?
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Writing your resume is a bit like writing a paper (sounds weird I know, but bear with me). Often, when you write a paper you have a thesis that you are trying to prove and each paragraph will serve to further your point and show that it is accurate. You wouldn't do very well if you turned in a paper claiming that The Great Gatsby is the most influential American novel if your supporting points merely talked about how nice it was to read and how you felt about the movie. You need to demonstrate this by explaining and providing details that support your argument.

With your resume, you are trying to prove that you are a suitable candidate for the job or internship to which you are applying. So you can think of that as your thesis. Accordingly, everything you include on your resume should seek to further support this idea. You cannot sufficiently accomplish this goal by using adjectives like detail-oriented and opinion-based phrases like "good at public speaking." These don't belong on your resume. Instead, write about the time you won a competition by presenting your idea in front of 200 people. Don't just say you are detail-oriented, write about the new filing system you created at your internship. Don't say you are creative, write about the interesting marketing idea you came up with for the band you're working with. These examples prove your point in a far more compelling way. Don't waste precious space telling your potential employer things he won't believe. Convince him.

December 27, 2013

Tough Questions to Ask When Choosing a College: What Connections Do YouHave in Other Cities?

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Admissions letters are rolling in and hopefully that means a lot of good news. It also means it's time to make some tough decisions that will impact the rest of your life. When you take a tour of campus you'll inevitably hear all of the most attractive facts about campus and see all of the newest buildings. They are, after all, trying to sell you and convince you - the best and brightest admitted students- to come to campus. But if you're going to commit to spending the rest of your life as a student then proud alumnus of that school, you need to get to the real essence of what it's like to be a student there and get a degree with that college's name on it. So, yes you want ask the usual questions and look at the dorms, and see the classrooms, and learn about the clubs they offer. But asking the right questions will help you learn the information you might not think about that can make a difference in your success and happiness both on campus and after you graduate. This is the second in our new series aimed at helping you do that. Today, we're talking why you should give some thought to your post-college plans in order to help you choose the best school today. 

December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from Intern Like A Rockstar

This has been a great year with internship listings from some pretty amazing companies and all sorts of interesting new opportunities for Intern Like A Rockstar and we couldn't have done any of it without you because you are what it's all about. Hope you have a safe, happy, healthy, relaxing, and magical (can't forget the magic, that's important!) holiday season! We'll be back in a few days with some new posts to close out the year. Thanks for your love and support!

December 20, 2013

Digital Marketing Internship with Fame House in Philadelphia, PA

Fame House is a company in the digital space, specializing in Digital Marketing for the music industry. Fame House works with various artists, labels, festivals, and management companies to efficiently help accelerate their business through digital marketing management and initiatives. Clients include Eminem, Pretty Lights, Tiesto.

December 19, 2013

Tough Questions to Ask When Choosing a College: When Can I Intern?

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Admissions letters are rolling in now and hopefully that means a lot of good news. It also means it's time to make some tough decisions that will impact the rest of your life- probably the biggest decision you've made in your life so far. When you take a tour of campus you'll inevitable hear all of the best and most attractive facts about campus and see all of the newest and shiniest buildings. They are, after all, trying to sell you and convince you - the best and brightest admitted students- to come to campus. So they'll wax the floor and serve the best food and let you sleep in the nicest dorm room. But if you're going to commit to spending the rest of your life you need to get to the real essence of what it's like to be a student there and get a degree with that college's name on it. So, yes you want ask the usual questions and look at the dorms, and see the classrooms, and learn about the clubs they offer. But asking the right questions will help you learn the information you might not think about that can make a difference in your success and happiness both on campus and after you graduate. So, I'm introducing a new series of posts that will address the tough questions that will help you learn what it's really like at each school you consider. Today we're starting with internships.

1) When Can I Start Interning?

December 18, 2013

#MusicIntern Chat 2014 - Vote for a Time / Day

While you're finishing up finals and winding down the school year, I'm looking to next year and how we can all start our new year off on the right foot. What better way to do so than by bringing back our popular #musicintern Twitter chat so we can discuss the industry and learn from each other. Take a look at your class schedule for next semester and let us know what you think here. And good luck with any projects (and shopping) you're still finishing up! 

PS. I listed times in the Eastern Time zone so be sure to keep that in mind. For example, 8:30pm ET would be 5:30pm in California. 

When should #musicintern chat take place in 2014?
  free polls 

December 13, 2013

Internship with Croshal Entertainment Group in Los Angeles

Croshal Entertainment Group is an LA-based entertainment company, established in 2003. CEG is a "hybrid" entertainment company that provides full service, management and marketing services to artists, labels, management companies and corporate brands. 

We have worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, and always strive to protect the artists’ vision, integrity, and brand.

In our 10-year history, we have helped our artists/clients maximize their potential and with our marketing services have helped them in selling over 4 million records and creating new revenue streams. We have helped them earn gold and platinum sales awards, and have become the go-to source for the independent releases of music.

Los Angeles, CA
*Please only local candidates

December 12, 2013

5 TV Shows That Can Actually Help Your Career

Have your parents ever told you you spend too much time watching TV (or maybe Netflix rather)? You could be so much more productive if you just spent less time tweeting about Pretty Little Liars and more on your homework, right? Well, what if you could be productive and learn something while watching TV? Sounds like a win!

1) Shark Tank

This is a top recommendation for anyone who has any interest in business in general. Shark Tank gives people the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to real investors in order to, ideally, get a deal on the spot. Businesses include everything from restaurants to novelties and even the occasional music-oriented business. Watching is entertaining, but it will also teach you a lot over time about what it takes to run a successful business, what investors look for in a business, and how to give a good business presentation. Rule #1: Always know your numbers. It's on ABC on Friday nights and it's definitely a must-see if you want to learn about business.

2) Behind the Music
This Vh1 classic airs regularly (seriously there are reruns on every week) and gives you an inside look at what made your favorite musicians famous. It will tell you about their childhood, their path to getting discovered, their struggles, and their successes. It's a fantastic way to learn more about how to build a musicians career and the kind of work that goes into being successful as an artist. Plus, the show features interviews with the artists themselves as well as close friends, family, and members of their business team (such as their manager), so it's about as close to the real story as you can get.

December 11, 2013

Music Internship with BuzzFeed in New York, NY

BuzzFeed is the leading media company for social news and entertainment, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. Our technology powers the social distribution of content, detects what is trending on the web, and connects people in real time with the hottest content of the moment. Our site is rapidly growing and reaches more than 80 million monthly unique visitors. Jonah Peretti, founder & CEO of BuzzFeed, previously co-founded the Huffington Post. Ben Smith is its Editor-in-Chief, Jon Steinberg is its President & COO and Kenneth Lerer is the Executive Chairman.

BuzzFeed's music section is looking for a hard-working editorial intern for a full-time paid position in the New York office. The person will work closely with BuzzFeed Music staff on research, content creation, and idea generation. The ideal candidate will have experience as a writer, and an imaginative approach to covering a wide range of music. You don't need to be an expert, but it helps to have an interest in many genres, curiosity about the music industry and fan cultures, and a positive attitude about pop music. We're looking for enthusiasm, not snobbery. This is not a typical music site, so please have some familiarity with the general tone and style of BuzzFeed.

December 10, 2013

Internship Opportunities with Creative Spotlights

Artist Development has long been a dissipating piece of the music & entertainment industries. Many of the major labels and talent agencies are no longer committing the finances and personnel necessary to cultivate talent and truly foster career growth. Creative Spotlights embraces DIY culture, by serving as a digital platform to connect artists and entertainers with the resources, news and insight they need to build their brands. With a consistently growing and evolving network of contributors and consultants, Creative Spotlights is an unparalleled resource for you, the talent. Take control of your future; develop your communication strategy, learn about emerging trends, access cultural influencers, increase your exposure and refine your public relation’s efforts. No matter where you are, no matter your career level, no matter your needs – Creative Spotlights’ 360-degree approach to artist development will help you reach your professional goals.
Creative Spotlights is the evolution of artist development.

Creative Spotlights is currently looking to fill three internship positions: Artist Relations Coordinator, Editorial Editor, and Social Media Coordinator. Job descriptions and directions to apply are below. These are unpaid internships, applicants must be eligible to receive college credit for a virtual internship. 

December 08, 2013

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

You probably don't need anyone to tell you that the end of this legendary lyric is "but if you try sometimes you just might find you'll get what you need." As a kid, I hated this line and viewed the song overall as a rather depressing one. As children in the land of the "American Dream" we are raised to believe that if we work hard enough and put our minds to it, we can achieve anything we want and the idea that this might not be the case seems preposterous and downright offensive. Why can't you get what you want? Plenty of people do and you intend to be one of them.

Yet as we grow up we come to realize that this is not always the case and things will not always (or usually) go the way we plan (I'm fairly certain that's really the main theme in How I Met Your Mother). No one (despite what you parents might think) plans to move home to their childhood bedroom after college. No one plans to get turned down for their dream job.  No one moves to New York to get denied by countless record labels. No one plans to graduate from college with nearly six figures in student loans and no job prospects. Yet sadly, these are the realities many young people today face. We were supposed to be counting our GRAMMY Nominations by now, right?

The Stones weren't necessarily singing about desperation and defeat though. There is, after all, an unmistakable note of hope and optimism in that famous melody. Sometimes life knows you better than you do.

The truth is sometimes the best things are those we could never have planned for and even those we never knew we wanted. When you miss out on a great opportunity, perhaps it is because a better one is waiting for you or because there is something you're meant to learn from it. Sometimes what you want isn't actually what's best for you and you have to have a bit of faith that life will work out if you keep working hard and continuing to learn and do better. Try to see the value in every opportunity, because it may wind up being worth far more than you could ever have imagined.

December 06, 2013

What To Wear to a Music Industry Holiday Party

The holiday season is a time of office and professional organization parties. But as we've discussed before, when you're a student attending a professional event it can be hard to figure out what to wear that will leave a positive impression without making you stand out for the wrong reasons. After all, these events are not just a chance for fun and festivities, but an opportunity to meet someone who may be able to offer a job or internship lead down the road. So, how can you show off your personality while still looking like you belong in the music industry?

Here are some tips to help you put together an outfit that makes you feel great but won't make you look out of place at a music industry holiday party: 

December 03, 2013

What to Do When Your Phone Interviewer Doesn't Call

You've set up a time for a phone interview, told your friends not to text you, and have your notes and resume ready and waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more because the phone just won't ring. So, what do you do when the time you scheduled your phone interview has come and gone and no one has called?
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Don't Panic
It's easy to freak out if you're staring at the phone waiting for it to do something. So, first take a deep breath and a calm down. First, double check that you do have the right time and day just in case (you're probably fine, but it happens). Then, take a moment and put things in perspective. It's not that they changed their minds or don't want to talk to you. When you interview in person someone is usually there to tell them that someone had arrived for an appointment and to give them some warning to wrap up whatever they are working on. That doesn't happen when the appointment is for a phone call so it's easy for someone to lose track of time in the midst of work or get backed up. That is most likely what is happening. 

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