“I enjoyed working — even for free — and gaining the experience, but I think I liked putting the experience on my resume just as much,” Davis says. “Internships are funny in that the more you can say you learned from the position, the more people are willing to give you a chance to learn at your next position. After working at Power, I swore off restaurant gigs and retail stores and decided internships were the only way to go. To expand my options I transferred to a school in New York, and now I spend the last few weeks of every semester looking for another position to challenge me. I mostly have tried to apply for internships I could stretch my experience to fit, but positions that I’ve never specifically been involved in. That way, I can hone the skills I’ve already developed while trying my hand in a whole new arena.”
Before making the move to New York, Davis interned as a corporate marketing assistant at Citrix Systems, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, during the summer 2007. Davis found the paid Citrix internship through INROADS, a co-curricular job program that prepares minority students for professional positions. Davis says her job-search strategy was successful because “I took advantage of the programs available to me in this job search.” Davis explains that she was also offered a position with The Recording Academy, which also hosts a college program, GRAMMY U. “It helps having a large group on your side,” Davis says.
Citrix was Davis’ first internship foray outside the music business. “At this point I was preparing myself for moving to New York, and I wanted a position with a well-known, major corporation. Having international experience with a large company turned out be a great way to differentiate myself from other job candidates in a place as diverse as New York.”