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Internships

Experiential education is crucial to our mission and the key to bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world. Internships provide valuable learning, growth and networking opportunities. 

New York City is an exciting, vibrant hub for the arts that has long served as the global center for the popular music industry. New York's vast cultural and artistic resources allow students to take learning far beyond the classroom walls and incorporate internships and part-time jobs related to their field of study.

All Clive Davis Institute majors are required to complete a minimum 2-credits worth of internship before graduation.

General faq's

WHAT IS AN ACADEMIC (CREDIT-BEARING) INTERNSHIP?

An academic internship is a carefully monitored work or service experience that enables students to apply, build, and learn skills in their chosen music industry field. Academic internships require students to set intentional learning goals and actively reflect on what he or she is learning. The internship employer provides a candid assessment of the student's performance at the end of the internship. While most academic internships are unpaid positions, some organizations offer stipends, meals and other job-related perks.

All of our students are required to complete one 2-credit internship before graduation. Academic credit is earned during the semester in which the internship takes place by enrolling in REMU-UT 1037 Internship/Career Skills for the Music Entrepreneur.  

Note: Academic credit cannot be granted retroactively for internships completed in previous semester.

HOW LONG DOES AN INTERNSHIP LAST?

The length of an internship may vary; however, we encourage internships to be structured to coincide with the semester calendar (fall, spring, January-term, summer) to enable students to register for, and earn, academic credit.

WHEN SHOULD I POST/APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?

Internship opportunities are available year-round; however, the application process generally adheres to the following timeline:   

  • Fall Internships: Companies post and start accepting resumes mid to late summer
  • Spring Internships: Companies post and start accepting resumes mid to late winter
  • Summer internships: Companies start accepting resumes early to mid spring

Students, you should start researching companies in the middle of the semester prior to when you plan to intern.

HIRING COMPANIES

If you’re interested in becoming a credit-based internship sponsor for a student studying at the Clive Davis Institute, please complete the Internship Posting Form. We will confirm receipt of each submission during the review process, and let you know whether it has been approved or if we need additional information. Approved opportunities will be posted to our official internship blog, as well as to NYU’s College Central.

STUDENTS

You must be at sophomore, junior or senior level status to be eligible to participate in the Internship Program.

However, if you are a freshmen going in to your second semester, you may request special permission to intern if you have successfully earned 16-18 credits in your first semester and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. You may request permission by submitting a letter of intent to Lauren Davis, Internship Faculty Advisor, for review.

Recorded Music students can participate in the Internship Program during the Fall semester, January-term, Spring semester, and both Summer sessions.

All Clive Davis Institute students must complete the Internship Enrollment Form after they have secured an internship.

HOW DO I FIND AN INTERNSHIP?

While many internship positions originate from employers, we encourage you to investigate opportunities on your own that are tailored to your particular career interests. Start by thinking about the fields that excite and interest you, the type of work you want to do, and what type of things you want to learn.  You are encouraged to research online and register for our private blog, which gives you up-to-date information on companies that are looking for interns. 

Once you decide you'd like to intern for the semester, you can fill out the Internship Advising Form to receive guidance regarding the process.

You are encouraged to make an appointment with the Institute's Internship Faculty Advisor, Lauren Davis, for guidance on the process, assistance in identifying potential internship opportunities.  Also make sure you're connected with the Wasserman Center for Career Development to get help with your resume's and cover letters. 

HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO WORK?

That number is up to you and your internship supervisor.  The total hours you work allows you to register for a certain number of credits, if you wish. All academic internships are based on a 14-week academic semester.

Fall, spring, and summer semesters:

# Credits        Hrs/Week        Total Hrs/Semester

     1                    6                          84
     2                    8                         112
     3                   10                        140
     4                   15                        210
     5                   20                        280 
     6                   25                        350
     7                   30                        420
     8                   35+                      490

HOW DO I ENROLL IN THE INTERNSHIP COURSE? (REMU-UT 1037)

REMU-UT 1037 Internship/Career Skills for the Music Entrepreneur is offered every semester. Once you have secured an internship, fill out the Internship Enrollment Form. Follow up with Lauren Davis for approval. Upon approval, you will be registered for the class on Albert.  

Please note:

  • You should fill out the Internship Enrollment Form ONLY if you have secured an internship.
  • Effective Fall 2016, you must have secured an internship to be enrolled in the Internship course.
  • The deadline to register for the course is the add/drop period, after the second week of classes. 
  • After the second week of classes, you can enroll only after getting special approval.

For the summer semesters: 

  • You may register for REMU-UT 1037 Internship/Career Skills for the Music Entrepreneur through the end of the first week of classes.

Note: You MUST register for Internship credits during the semester in which you are completing the internship. You may not seek retroactive credit for prior work experience. 

WHAT DOES THE COURSE ENTAIL?

Internship/Career Skills for the Music Entrepreneur meets several times during the semester.  All meetings are mandatory for students who are enrolled. In the first class meeting, you will receive a syllabus noting the specific meeting dates and times, as well as the academic requirements associated with this course and the coinciding internship.  There will be assignments and quizzes through out that are mandatory for students and will be factored in to the final grade.