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Internships

Why intern? To explore your career options, gain on-the-job training, find a mentor. . . and get out of the classroom and into the world. Berklee’s Office of Experiential Learning offers the chance for students to connect college curriculum with the day-to-day music industry. Here interns and their supervisors share what it’s really like.

My Internship at The Capital Network: Day 1

The Capital Network (TCN) is a non-profit organisation focused on educating entrepreneurs about the fundraising process. It is directed by some of Boston’s most influential investors who populate its board of directors and board of advisors. As early age startups progress in Boston’s ecosystem, TCN teaches founders about every aspects of funding to prepare them before they meet investors and try to raise capital. Moreover, the organization fosters a very active community of innovators and enables connections and networking for new entrepreneurs.

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Robotics pioneer Joe Jones at a TCN event.

Boston’s innovative ecosystem is powered by its concentration of top universities, research organizations and technology focused companies. A lot of up and coming entrepreneurs emanate from those places with a desire to leverage what they learned and solve new problems through fast paced execution fueled by smart influx of capital. Most of them fail along the way and pivot towards something else. Those who succeed eventually earn massive returns they may reinject in new companies becoming investors and advisors themselves. TCN helps talented self starters to navigate this cycle.

I was quite excited about getting to know more about the company on my first day. I felt I really needed to understand why it existed in order to bring my best contribution. Hence we had many meetings to explore what I could do to help out. I started collaborating with the event programer to organize educational events for startup founders. I also had to create social media and marketing content to promote those events and foster the TCN community. Moreover, I talked with my supervisor about designing a new brand for the organization and build a website with new content to support that brand. I also had to go to many other external events to network and build relationships within the ecosystem.

I found out about The Capital Network through my involvement with Berklee ICE. When the institute was founded during my first semester at Berklee I immediately reached out to founding managing dir. Panos Panay to find out how I could get involved and learn more about entrepreneurship. I got impassioned and excited by the new vision centered around creative entrepreneurship. But I knew nothing. So Panos sent me to attend a TCN event and I was hooked. I started a venture while taking a Berklee ICE class titled Startup Lab and was selected to be incubated by the institute. This is how I started my journey as a student entrepreneur. I failed and pivoted many times until finding the right mission at the beginning of last summer. As I neared completion of my degree I was left with a required practicum from my business major and decided to pick an internship. I then had to find the right internship that would compliment my mission as an entrepreneur and help me move my venture forward. Therefore I applied to The Capital Network.

This is an intro to my internship at TCN, read on the next post to learn more about my experience working at this organization and how I leveraged my Berklee education in this unusual field. Hope you enjoy reading!

My First Month Interning at Harmonix

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Hey y’all!

It’s one of your newest BerkleeICE Ambassadors, Alicia Caillier (pronounced A-LEE-SHA KI-YAY), reporting in from Boston, MA! This fall I will be blogging about my internship experience at Harmonix Music Systems and invite you to subscribe to my journey.

A little bit about me

I just spent one of the best years of my life studying at Berklee’s Valencia campus and recently moved back to the U.S. with a Master’s of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business. I focused my studies on Emerging Business Models in the music industry, which led me to my current internship at Harmonix.

Harmonix is an amazing company that is best known as the developer of Rock Band and Dance Central, as well as the original developer of the Guitar Hero series up until Guitar Hero II. Yes, I get to work at an interactive music experience company — pretty cool, right?

As a BerkleeICE Ambassador, I have been given the opportunity to intern on Harmonix’s Product Management Team. This means I get to gain experience and insight into how the Harmonix team manages their products from conception to launch. Specifically, I am working on the Rock Band Rivals team which is super exciting because the game launches this month!

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In my first few weeks of my internship, I have shadowed some really talented folks, played a lot of Rock Band, and have learned SO MUCH about video game development and product management. I’ve been able to apply knowledge and concepts learned in my Music Business Finance class and Emerging Business Models practicum (Thanks, Alex Perrin!), like understanding Profit & Loss statements and how to analyze competition.

My day-to-day tasks include attending a daily stand-up meeting with the publishing team and assisting the Product Managers with assignments such as product pricing analysis, competitive research, comparative game research and comparison, blog post writing, weekly sales updates, etc.

But it’s not ALL business.

In fact, I had a blast creating this Official Rock Band Spotify playlist of 1,900+ songs that are available to download and play in the game. It’s a pretty extensive and impressive library, so while you’re going about your day put this baby on shuffle and rock out!

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Peace out,

Alicia

Three Things I’ve Learned from My Time at Shamrock Ventures

 By Joshua Taylor
For my second blog post I wanted to give a run down of the most salient things I’ve learned during my time so far at Shamrock Ventures. For those of you who haven’t read my first installment check that out here first. Otherwise, here we go!

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Always Trying to Get “Closer”

Hello All!

Lucas here. Just to give a brief refresher, I’m interning at Disruptor Records in New York City – An upcoming record label lead by Adam Alpert that has a joint venture agreement with Sony Music Entertainment.

After my time here I’ve learned that the EDM world is fast, ever-changing, and always on the move to the next big sound. It lives within the realms of Youtube Channels, Spotify Playlists, Social Media Profiles, Soundcloud Tastemakers, EDM Blogs, Festivals, Underground Scenes, etc. Now for each genre of music there can be tremendous to minute differences to how you market it, sell it, promote it, whatever – but all musicians, bands, and artists start in the same place. From nowhere.

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A Dream Internship

By Joshua Taylor

Josh in his natural habitat

It’s not everyday you get the chance to work with your musical idols.

However, this summer exactly that happened. I stumbled upon the chance to join an instrument design startup with a small group of amazing people who had a potentially groundbreaking concept. Thanks to Dan Harple and his company Shamrock Ventures I was brought into the fold about a month ago and have been working with the team since.

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