Intern Stephanie Rosario shares some final thoughts as she wraps up her internship with Inca Son
And so I’ve reached the very end of my internship. It’s been quite a semester for me, and things are starting to move faster and faster for me both as a person and a professional.
Yesterday I came to realize how absolutely crucial college years are to a person’s life. A class, a classmate, a professor, an internship; all of these things have the ability to rock your world at this age. Everything you decide to do, to participate in, to interact with- will have an impression on you in some way.
In some ways, I feel college can sometimes break the rule of quality over quantity. Quality in all-things-college is, of course, essential, but I think the most important part is getting yourself involved with as many situations and people as possible. It’s the times you get yourself situated in a place you’d never thought you’d be that really make you grow the most.
Sometimes the unexpected happens. Sometimes you end up loving something you never thought you would. Sometimes you can get yourself involved in a project that you thought would be amazing- only to be disappointed. But regardless, you need to put yourself out there again and again.
And that’s what I’ve learned during not only this internship, but during all the others. The music business is a people-oriented business, and while someone may believe they understand what that means- they don’t until they’ve worked in a lot of different places.
People usually don’t function the way you’d think they would. You’re usually taught to expect one thing from the business in college, only to find that in the real world it’s not always the case. I think the one thing that people forget to teach is that people are human, and imperfection in every aspect of the practice is an extremely common occurrence. The music business really cannot be learned in a book- it’s much more dynamic than that.
In relation to my collective Berklee experience, my internship with Inca Son taught me another possible variation of work ethic and relationship dynamics that I could find in the workplace- and a positive variation at that. The group of people I worked with was very small, but yet, they were very caring and treated me with friendliness and respect. It’s nice to see that people like that are out there in the industry.
Anyway, the experience of working with Inca Son is a notch on my belt I’m very proud to have, and I look forward to seeing the notches grow more numerous as I enter my final year of Berklee this fall. But halfway through, I can say it’s been and will be a hell of a ride.
Stephanie Rosario is a 6th semester Music Business major who is currently working her 4th internship, a management position at Inca Son: Music and Dance of the Andes. In the future, she plans on pursuing music management, her jewelry design start-up Remnants of Utopia, freelance writing, and her numerous other entrepreneurial hobbies.
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