Experiential education is crucial to the Clive Davis mission. All Recorded Music majors are required to complete two (2) credits of work experience in their desired field before they graduate. Internships provide valuable learning, growth and networking opportunities, bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world. At the Clive Davis Institute, a credit-bearing internship experience may be:
Industry Internship: Students work with a company in the music industry or other desired field to gain professional hands-on experience. Credit-bearing industry internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the field and on the company.
Community-Based (Service Internship): Students work with a non-profit or community-based organization in their field of interest. Some students may provide a direct service to under-resourced and served communities, while others may focus on advocacy and raising awareness about causes ranging from access to health care to social justice.
Both types of internships help students gain valuable skills, build connections, and contribute to their readiness for the contemporary workplace.
A credit-bearing internship is a carefully monitored pre-professional learning experience that includes CDI faculty advisement and helps students to gain valuable skills and experience, build connections, test and confirm future career paths. In order for an industry or service internship to qualify for credit, it must:
- Serve PRIMARILY as a learning experience for the student
- Have clearly defined responsibilities that are agreed upon by the student and employer
- Comply with all relevant employment laws
- Be supervised by a professional within the company or organization who provides formal evaluative feedback in the middle and at the end of the internship term
- Be overseen by CDI’s Internship Faculty Advisor or an approved member of the Clive Davis Faculty
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 student listserv.