Internships

Music Business internships are required for the A.A.S. and Certification of Completion in Music Business. Learn more about Gainful Employment for this major here.

MCC students have interned at a diverse range of music-related companies, both locally and nationally in Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. Internships have been completed at companies such as Warner Brothers Records, Disney, Clear Channel Radio, BMG, Universal Music, and a variety of other music industry companies including:

  • Music Venues
  • Radio Stations
  • Artist Management Companies
  • Public Relations and Music Marketing Companies
  • Recording Studios
  • Event Production Companies
  • Music Publishing Companies
  • Concert Promotion Companies
  • Instrument & Music Equipment Manufacturers
  • Non-profit Music Organizations
  • Music Retailers
  • Music Schools

More information

A Music Business internship course is designed as a hands-on, capstone course and should be taken in the last semester of the AAS or CCL degree in Music Business. There are two Music Business internship courses offered at MCC:  MUC290AA Music Business Internship is one credit and is required as part of the new AAS/CCL in Music Business, being rolled out in Spring 2014. This course requires permission of the Division or Department to enroll. You may contact musicbiz@mesacc.edu for permission to enroll.

MUC297AB Music Internship course is two credits and has a course Pre-requisite: MUC110 Recording Industry and Mass Media. Any student can enroll in this course after successful completion of MUC110. No permission is required. This course is part of the old AAS/CCL in Music Business that is current up until Spring 2014. Students in the Audio Production Program should only enroll in MUC297AA Music Internship for their program.

Students can complete their required Music Business internships at any Music-related business, as long as they are working in a music business capacity completing activities related marketing, promotions, sales, business planning and analysis, customer services, event or project management, etc. Activities associated with music engineering, production or recording do not qualify for Music Business internship hours. General business, marketing and PR activities in businesses that are not primarily focused on the music business do not qualify for Music Business internship hours.

Students, are required to identify their own internship positions. Assistance in locating an appropriate internship is available via MCC Career Services or from the Music Business Program staff. Students pursuing a Music Business internship should plan to prepare a current resume and cover letter. See Career Services for assistance: http://www.mesacc.edu/career. Here is a list of campus-wide approved internships from MCC's Career Services Dept.: http://www.mesacc.edu/career/job-search/internships/listing-internships

MUC290AA Music Business Internship is 1 credit and requires 80 hours of work time to be completed at an approved internship company. MUC297AB Music Internship counts for 2 credits and requires 160 hours of work time to be completed at an approved internship company. There is weekly homework associated with both internship courses. There are no regular class meetings. Students work at their own pace in accordance with the needs of the internship company they have selected.

Internships must be pre-approved. Email musicbiz@mesacc.edu for pre-approval. Include the following information: 

Full company Name
Street Address of Company
Website address of Company
Supervisor Information: Name, Phone #, Email
Your Job Position
 

Without prior approval for internships, students should not begin working and will not be guaranteed credit for hours worked or for the course. Please email this information as soon as possible to ensure that credit will be given.

Important Notes:

  • The internship cannot be substituted for another class. It is required for the degree.
  • Students may not work for themselves or for family members to complete internship requirements
  • Previous work experience, completed, outside of the semester enrolled, may not count towards the internship class
  • Work that is not related to the Music Business may not count towards the required hours for the internship class

Detailed information on homework requirements and how to obtain an internship are available to enrolled students on the Canvas course homepage, after enrollment.