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Check out the Summer Internship Program in Los Angeles!

Have you heard about the summer internship programs offered this year in LA and London– and the OEL‘s newest program in New York City?

Even though the spring semester is still weeks away, students need to apply several months in advance of the summer semester. Deadlines to apply for LA and New York are February 10, 2012 and the last day to apply for London is December 2, 2011.

You can check out the details and download applications for all our programs at In the meantime, check out this video of what recent participants have to say about interning in Los Angeles: the epicenter of the global entertainment industry…

Ben Levin: My Private Session with Steve Vai (part two)

After winning a context, guitar performance student Ben Levin—last seen auditioning for Lady Gaga’s band—is in Los Angeles at a master class with his creative hero, Berklee alumnus Steve Vai—and he’s just stuck his foot in his mouth. Fortunately, they move on….

Steve immediately opened the floor for questions and not too many people were raising their hands. Since I had A LOT of questions, I ended up asking a ton of them and I got some incredibly inspiring information out of him! He also asked us what our goals were and offered personal advice.

Here are my two most important questions and Steve’s answers as I understood them:

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Ben Levin: My Private Session with Steve Vai (part one)

Have you ever had a conversation with your biggest creative influence? Guitar performance student Ben Levin did, with Berklee alumnus Steve Vai—and wasn’t disappointed.  Here’s the first part of his kinda crazy, very L.A. experience. More next week.

I recently won a contest where Steve Vai picked 10 guitarists to fly out to Los Angeles for a private master class. Steve Vai has been my greatest musical influence and needless to say, I have been ecstatic about the opportunity. The experience was really fascinating and inspiring, so I thought I’d share it with you and try my best to relay what Steve was telling us.

Steve Vai with Ben Levin. Photo taken by Dan Cristol.

Steve Vai with Ben Levin. Photo taken by Dan Cristol.

I flew from Boston to LAX where a transportation service picked up all the contest winners, and took us to our hotel.

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LA Internship Program – Student Housing

Student housing

Park La Brea Tower

LA Internship Program interns live in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles at Park La Brea. Students share an apartment (usually with 3 other student) that provides ample living space.

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