In the fall of 2007, Davis made her planned move to New York and enrolled in Manhattan College — but as usual, she was focused on her next career move. “My purpose for moving to New York was to get more industry experience. A major record label was an obvious choice. My main goal was to get my foot in the door and create a place for myself in music. She had applied for an internship at a label even before arriving in the city, having found a posting on entertaimentcareers.org. “Major record-label positions are hard to come by,” Davis notes, “especially when moving to a new state. I applied for this internship about a week before I moved to New York, and I got a call back the day after I got there. Perfect timing.” The position was as an unpaid international marketing intern at Island Def Jam Music Group, and Davis spent her fall 2007 semester there.
“Although I was only there for a semester, I worked with a great group in International Marketing,” Davis recalls. “I even temped for the department’s administrative assistant on a few occasions. I’m pretty sure that if I wanted to get in at Island Def Jam when I graduate, I could make a few calls and have some good references. It was great being in the label environment. For an office job, everything was incredibly casual. The team I worked on was very close-knit, so it made it easy to feel relaxed around everyone.”
The casual atmosphere had its downside, “at least for the interns,” Davis notes. “No one had any issues asking us to go on a coffee run or go pick up lunch. The worst aspect of the internship was the lack of accountability. There were four interns on our team, but we were each held accountable for the actions of one. The idea was that it promoted teamwork, but since half of us didn’t see the other half all semester, it was hard to coordinate and nearly impossible to check each other’s work.”
Davis recommends this internship as “a great position for anyone looking to get started in the music industry.” Davis also notes that Island Def Jam’s internships “are a good way to figure out if working in commercial music is for you.”