“My main goal is getting quality music — music that means something to someone — heard while giving artists who are as passionate about music as I am a chance to shine,” Davis says.” The plan is to work with artists that have upcoming projects they’d like to share with the world, such as new albums, a major tour, etc. It’s also giving me a chance to work on developing my web-design skills. I’d like to get a good site set up and create quality video presentations for media contacts as well as potential clients. I wanted to make a booklet, but I feel like this is much more economical and environmentally friendly. Right now I’m still working on spreading the word and getting established as a legal entity in New York, but I’m hoping to start consulting and promoting independent artists all over the country by the end of the year.”
Although Julie Davis’ internship addiction has yet to be tested with post-graduation career success, her experience demonstrates a number of lessons about internships:
- Students will generally obtain more career-propelling learning from internships related to their future paths than they would from working for money in the type of low-level service jobs in which college students often work.
- While it make take resourcefulness and persistence to obtain internships, they are quite possible to get with some effort.
- Even paid internships are attainable. But if you can’t find a paid internship, remember Julie Davis. If she could manage in expensive New York City on an unpaid internshop, maybe you can find a way to manage.
- Remaining open to to internships a bit outside the realm of your immediate career plans will enable you to expand your skillset and your network.
- Employers increasingly hire experience, even in new grads, and the more internships you have, the more experience and accomplishments you have to list on your resume.
- With the right attitude — like Davis’s — you can find silver linings even in disappointing internships.