WP Music Business Students

WP Music Business Students

Getting an internship is like getting a job.  You have to figure out where to apply and then figure out how.  Usually, you have to go through an online application process.  If you get this part right, you can hopefully advance to a phone or, even better, an in person interview.

But you have to get that part right.

This post will provide some tips to you, supplied by a person in the music business who actually reads the online applications.  Read carefully, take these points seriously, and make sure you also have your resume in good shape. More on that shortly.

Internships: How To Survive The Online Application

I won’t lead you on.  There’s no one magic bullet.  To give yourself the best chance, be prepared to spend some time filling out the application.  Don’t do it when you feel rushed.  If you are rushed, you’ll make a mistake or not fully complete everything needed.  Be focused; don’t allow distractions.  That means put the phone away so you can’t see it.  Turn the music down, or up – whichever helps you the most.  Make sure you’re not hungry or tired.  Give this your all or you’re just wasting your time.




What does the music industry person say?  Here are the notes:

“Some key sections they should include are the following:

  • Objective or Summary
  • Education
  • Experience – Could be Leadership or Experience
  • Skills
  • Club/ Organizations

How to do well on the internship online application“They should keep their resumes to 1 page. Some of the people I’ve seen have 3-10 pages.  I would also suggest to them attending career services to have their resumes critiqued.

“Another thing: In their summary/ objective, they should include what they are looking for. For example, ‘Communications undergraduate student currently searching for internship opportunities relating to HR, Publicity or Marketing.’

“Also, dates/ duration of experiences are important as well as their graduation date and GPA.”

If you take your time and do some due diligence about the company and position you’re applying for, you increase your chances incrementally.  Click on the suggested reading above as well and be great.


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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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