July 07, 2014

Internships with the Future of Music Coalition in Washington, DC

Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. FMC achieves this through continuous interaction with its primary constituency - musicians - and in collaboration with other creator/citizen groups.

FMC works toward its mission through three program areas: Research, Education and Policy. We organize public discussion of issues that impact musicians and the public at large, making sure to include a variety of voices in the conversation. We submit testimony, publish articles and speak on panels to make sure the creators’ experience is heard. We generate original research to more completely illuminate the mechanics of the music industry.

Job Title: 

Communications, Policy or Events Intern


Washington, DC

Now accepting applications for the fall semester; exact dates are flexible but we prefer September - December

Deadline to apply for Fall 2014: 

August 15, 2014. Applicants can expect a response from FMC within 30 days of submission.
What kind of internships does FMC offer?
We typically have three internship positions per semester depending on the candidates’ skills and our current needs:

Communications Intern works closely with FMC Communications team (including Kevin Erickson and Casey Rae) to assist in the marketing, promotion and logistics of FMC’s campaigns and events; which often includes copyediting, assisting with the maintenance of social media, light html coding, researching new press avenues and drafting blog posts. Strong writing skills a must. Graphic design and/or video and audio experience is a plus. A background or interest in policy or law, particularly as relates to the creative sector, is preferred.

Events Intern works closely with FMC Events team assisting with the logistics of FMC’s campaigns and events; which often includes editing video and audio for archives/YouTube/special projects, marketing and promotion, assisting with event-related logistics and data management, and researching panelists/sponsors/services.

Policy Intern works closely with FMC Policy shop (including Casey Rae and Michael Bracy) to assist in the open source and legal research involved in thoroughly understanding all sides of current policy issues. The Policy Intern often has the opportunity to discuss these issues in depth with the Policy shop while creating briefs, attending hearings and drafting the occasional blog post.

Everyone is expected to participate with the basic work that keeps our office going like filing, copying and data processing, as needed in addition to his or her specific focus.

FMC is a fast-paced but friendly work environment. Since some of our employees work from different cities, we rely heavily on email, conference calls and meetings to get our work done. Answering your email promptly, following through on assigned tasks to completion and sticking to deadlines will be essential.

What are the specifics?
These positions will work with a member of FMC’s core staff in the FMC headquarters in downtown Washington, DC (near the Farragut North/Farragut West Metro stations).

The hours are flexible, but we would like you to be in the office at least 15-20 hours per week sometime during 10 am - 6 pm on weekdays.

What are you looking for in an intern?
From policy or music industry majors to working musicians - our most successful interns are outgoing, vibrant and confident people with some relationship to, and passion for, the music industry. In addition, we look for the usual stuff: excellent writing skills, good email communication skills, attention to detail and working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Internet skills are required. Knowledge of current events and policy issues that relate to the music industry are helpful, as is any other experience working in a not-for-profit office environment.

Is there any compensation?
All internships at FMC are unpaid, but opportunities to attend occasional concerts, mixers, meetings and hearings can occur. College credit is optional and encouraged.

How do I apply?

Please send the following to internships@futureofmusic.org
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of software proficiencies
  • Writing sample (see below for more details on the style of your writing sample)
Please make a note of which internship(s) and for what semester you are applying for in your cover letter. Writing samples should be similar to the type of writing found on our website such as the FutureBlog posts or the research papers we have published, and not longer than three pages. For policy intern candidates, if you submit a brief as a writing sample, please be sure to also submit a second writing sample in the more informal style of our blog. Due to the volume of applicants, incomplete applications will not be considered.

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Internships are staffed a semester at a time. Please make a note of your availability in your cover letter. Also, note that for summer/fall internships, preference will be given to those candidates that may be able to extend their internship through our annual Future of Music Policy Summit (in October 2014). You may apply for more than one semester if you are seeking a long term internship 
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