The UNT Career Development and Entrepreneurship in Music Internship program provides an opportunity for students to develop hands-on experiences in the music industry. Interns will receive mentorship from music and business professionals, make connections, and build practical skills to manage and promote their careers. These experiences will also help students develop a professional portfolio with a track record of music business and arts administration experience, making them more competitive in the marketplace. A variety of internship opportunities are available through several musical organizations in the vibrant DFW community.
Application and Internship Requirements for Students
Students can apply for an internship after completing the MUCE-5000 (Musical Entrepreneur) or MUGC-4890 (Career Development in Professional Music) courses. Internships for current students are arranged for one semester at a time for 3 credit hours, depending on the scope of the work and the schedule. Students must fill out an application form and be approved before registering for an internship. Once approved, graduate students can register for MUCE-5030 (Practicum in Music Entrepreneurship/Performing Arts Management). Undergraduate students can register for a Special Problems class.
Students will be placed with an organization based on their interests and goals and will be given an internship contract for the semester. The contract will be signed by the student and the internship's supervisor. Throughout the semester, the supervisor will be in regular contact with the organization mentor and with the intern to evaluate the progress of the internship. The intern will keep a weekly journal of all work, listing specific projects or duties performed during the internship. The semester-long journal and work sample materials will be attached to a final two-page (double spaced, 12-point font) reflection paper describing the internship: what you did, challenges you encountered, how you overcame them, what you learned, and what you thought about the experience and organization. The intern will submit these materials no later than the last day of class for the semester. Interns will also keep a weekly log of work done, contacts made, observations about the specific organization, and copies of any materials produced. At the end of the semester, the organization's internship supervisor will provide a brief evaluation of the intern’s performance which will be used along with the intern's final paper and accompanying materaisl to assign a grade for the internship.
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