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Common Questions: Casting a Wide Net

The Office of Experiential Learning answers some FAQs from students who visit the office

Q: (towards the end of the semester) I’ve applied to a couple of my favorite internship sites, but I haven’t heard back from either of them. Should I start applying to others?

A: We get this question a lot, especially from students conducting the first internship search of their career. The short answer is, yes, you should be applying for more internships. More importantly, you should be applying to those other internships at the very beginning of your search, when you apply to your top choices.

Some students  start out applying for their first-choice internships, anywhere from one to five sites- and then stop. After all, they don’t want to be in the position of deciding on a second-choice site while waiting for their dream site to get back to them. Better to simply wait and see and then start applying to other sites if they don’t get in, right?


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Mike Cavalli: All or Nothing

Berklee Blogs checks in with Mike Cavalli as he settles into his internship at Fuchs Audio Technology, a boutique audio equipment company.

With two more weeks remaining, I feel like the semester flew by too quickly. After all, three months is not enough time grasp every concept of running a business- but it is a great way to become familiar and experience many situations. Even if I am not offered a job, the relationship I created with Fuchs will help me continue to pursue a career in music products. Although my main objective is to secure a full time job, I would not mind taking the time to focus on music and touring. After so many years of putting off bands for school and managing, I feel I owe it to myself to take another stab at turning my dream of playing into a full time gig.  Easier said than done, but you only live once.

Nothing is ever guaranteed in life and we always have to risk so much to achieve our goals. But to me, life is all about having an “all or nothing” mentality. The real world consists of big goals with minimal time to tackle them. Consequences of handing in an essay or project in late do not have the same effect as putting a delay on a product launch and not meeting a deadline. Small businesses struggle enough already with showing profits and budgeting effectively. In order to maintain a stable flow of income, the atmosphere is pure chaos on a daily basis and you have to be prepared to handle it while accomplishing tasks. While asking a company to invest money and time into new workers is a big expense in the short-term, you have to show that you are able to earn the company much more later on. So whatever you do, don’t be a lemon!

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Internships: Create Your Worth

We tend to think of internships ending in a full-time job offer as something that either will or wont happen, depending on the employer’s finances and the intern’s job performance. That’s largely true, but how should an intern think about this equation?

A few weeks ago, I was reading a blog post submitted by one of our interns, Mike Cavalli. Mike is currently in the process of interning at Fuchs Audio Technology, a boutique audio equipment company and he’s pretty keen to turn it into a full time job. He’s working double-time to show his value and make that happen.

Frankly, it’s impossible to say whether that will happen or not. I, nor Mike, can jump into Fuch’s financial records and know if they’ve got the cash to hire a full-time employee. I also assume that Mike is doing a five-star job there, but again, I’m taking his word for it. When you intern, there’s just no guarantee your internship will turn into a job. Most don’t, and it’s largely dependent upon the company’s need and ability to hire you, your performance, interpersonal dynamics, etc. You shouldn’t assume to land a full-time job unless you’ve got some pretty clear indicators it’s going to head that way. But Mike’s got a very important mental concept in his mind to give himself the best shot at his goal.

If you read his post, you’ll quickly see that Mike understands that his value as an intern (and potential employee) is not static- it’s not a fixed quantity. Mike understands that his value as a worker, in the mind of his supervisor, is partly within his control. Mike gets that Fuchs may not have the cash to hire him full time. Instead of seeing his internship as something that probably won’t pay out, just a quick stop on the way to bigger and better things, Mike is asking himself, “How can I, as an intern, help this company grow to the point where not only can they afford to hire me, but can’t see themselves growing without me.

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Mike Cavalli: Nearing the Finish Line

Berklee Blogs checks in with Mike Cavalli as he settles into his internship at Fuchs Audio Technology, a boutique audio equipment company

Right when I feel like I have become a regular at the company, the semester is starting to come to an end. What felt like forever is now going to be my 3rd month working at Fuchs Audio and already I can feel the anxiety building up as to whether or not I will become a member of the Fuchs family. With that said, I have to make sure I stay focused, take a shorter lunch break and really enjoy the moments to come.

A particular situation I will remember is having the opportunity to set up a drum kit and re-organize the Fuchs showcase room. This area, filled wall to wall with amps and awards, is the first thing you see when walking into the shop. Talk about making a first impression. The same place many artists, such as Al DiMeola and Jimmy Herring would hang out and talk about life and music with owner Andy is now a place for other artists and staff to play music. This introduces a whole new way to entice current and prospective players to come into the shop and test the product in a live music environment. Who knows what amazing drummer is going to play the same kit I revived out of parts in the corner of the shop. Regardless, I was able to leave behind a piece of what I do musically and hopefully Andy will appreciate the new look when he returns from Soundcheck in Nashville.

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Mike Cavalli: Taking Initiative

Berklee Blogs checks in with Mike Cavalli as he settles into his internship at Fuchs Audio Technology, a boutique audio equipment company. Mike tells us about maintaining a feeling of excitement for the company you intern for

I am now at the midpoint of my internship with Fuchs Audio and still going strong. Most tasks are now becoming second nature along with other facets such as shipping methods and customer service.  Some days are busy and I feel as though I can never keep up- and other days are slow and I find myself frantically looking for something to keep me busy for two more hours. Nevertheless, I am at the point where my mind is already work-oriented and would want nothing more than to be paid to continue to work and learn from such a great company.

However, you as an intern could be the best worker but still be denied a full-time job based on whether the company can really afford it. This being my particular dilemma, my mind is currently thinking about how I can help this place grow to the point where they need to hire me. What can I do, utilizing my Berklee skills, that will draw more customers and hype?

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