Internship Opportunities

A Music Industry Internship/Field Experience is required for all students enrolled in the Music Industry B.A. program. Music Industry majors are required to earn a minimum of 3 semester hours and to serve a minimum of 360 contact hours of internship/supplementary experience credit. Internships may be done at an off-campus location in a professional field of the student's choice within the United States or abroad.

Interns work under the direct supervision of a designated employee of the host institution to gain professional experience. All interns will be assigned an internship faculty supervisor who will determine the student's grade for the internship course experience. Internships receive a grade P (Pass) or F (Fail).

The internship should occur in a safe environment for the student including but not limited to prohibition of discrimination relating to gender, race, disability or other lawfully prohibited behavior.

Process Overview

  • Contact the Music Department Internship Coordinator for advisement on internship opportunities or to get approval for the internship position and duties.
  • Check the Music Department website for a list of locations of previous Music Industry internships (see Internship Agency Contact Information); students are not limited to the agencies on this list. Internship
  • Agency Internship Contacts list (password required)
  • Contact prospective agencies; send cover letter and resume, email and phone.
  • Discuss what you have found with the Music Department Internship Coordinator
  • When you have been offered an internship you would like to serve, submit the necessary Internship Application forms to the Music Department Secretary
  • INTERNSHIP APPLICATION and REGISTRATION FORMS

Requirements

College Requirements

  • Overall grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Completion of 57 semester hours (Jr. or Sr. standing), including a minimum of 12 s.h. at Oneonta.

Music Department Requirements

  1. Completion of 360 contact hours of approved internship hours, fulfillment of the Music Department Internship Learning Objectives, and successful completion of all assignments to fulfill the academic component of the internship.
  2. Students must register for a minimum of 3 s.h. of credit and may register for up to 15 s.h. during the academic year or 12 s.h. during the summer. Music Industry faculty will evaluate successful completion of all requirements.
  3. Students may earn ONLY (1) s.h. of internship credit for an Oneonta area or Virtual internship unless prior approval has been granted.
  4. Credit is granted on the basis of 1 s.h. for each full work week (normally 40 hours) as well as successful completion of the academic component required by the Music Department.
  5. For internships of up to 3 s.h. of credit, the student is also required to work 80 concurrent hours of field experience for each semester hour of credit. For internships of 4 or more semester hours, there is a corresponding decrease in the supplementary experience hours required to fulfill the departmental 360 contact hour requirement (See chart below). Internship/supplementary experiences may be served entirely in one semester or may be split amongst more than one semester. Credit may be earned by serving one internship/ supplementary experience or a combination of more than one internship and concurrent field experience. All internships must be approved by the Music Department to be eligible for academic credit.

The completion of a 3 s.h. internship requires 120 hours of internship plus 240 concurrent hours of Supplementary Experience and successful completion of the required Music Department Learning Objectives and academic component to fulfill the Music Department Internship/Supplementary Experience requirement.

Internship Credits

Requirements 
Contact Hours

Required Contact Hours of 
Concurrent Supplementary Experience

1

40 Hours

80

2

80

160

3

120

240

4

160

200

5

200

160

6

240

120

7

280

80

8

320

40

9

360

0

10

400

0

11

440

0

12

480

0

13

520

0

14

560

0

15

600

0

Evaluation

Credits

  • Credit is P/F Only
  • Credits received are NOT Liberal Arts Credits, but will satisfy total upper division requirements
  • Credits earned 1-15 credits during Fall/Spring semester: 12 semester hours for summer internships
  • Credit WILL NOT BE given unless student has formally registered for the internship prior to starting the internship

Information for Participating Agencies

  • No payment is required from the host agency, although many companies choose to pay students or reimburse students for travel and other expenses associated with the internship. Students are not prohibited from earning a salary.
  • Submit a brief one-page evaluation form which is provided to the agency by the Music Department.
    Sign internship application
  1. Site Supervisor Evaluation of Student Intern
  2. Internship Faculty Assessment of Student Accomplishment of Learning Outcomes
  3. Letter to Sponsors
  • Provide an orientation to the internship site
  • Respond in a timely fashion to communication from the internship faculty member
  • Affirm organization acceptance for a supervisory duty and be responsible for the actions of student interns while the internship is being served
  • Promptly notify the internship faculty instructor regarding any questions of the student intern’s performance or presence
  • Provide a safe environment for the student including but not limited to prohibition of discrimination relating to gender, race, disability or other lawfully prohibited behavior.
  • Provide opportunity for the student to meet professionals in the field
  • Clearly discuss the requirements of the internship with the student intern
  • Work with the student to complete on-site goals, duties and learning objectives
  • Provide formal ongoing supervision and feedback to the student on his/her performance