I am currently interning with a start-up called Artist Solutions. This internship is an incredible hands-on experience, one that a class cannot offer. I knew that an internship would be a huge commitment, but I initially underestimated how much time should be devoted. Turns out, the more time I put in, the better the experience I receive. Still, I am spread quite thin with my involvement at Berklee, with classes, writing/editing for The Music Business Journal, working promotions for The Red Room @ Café 939, and gigging, all while retaining some semblance of a social life. I’ve learned to manage my time better, making sacrifices to devote more time to specific activities.
Certain advantages and disadvantages are apparent when interning with a business start-up. I’ve found the most rewarding aspect is helping the business make significant progress and knowing my contributions play a major role in its success.
On the plus side, start-ups and smaller companies give you the opportunity to work closely with your supervisor(s). You can create stronger working relationships and get to know each other on a more personal level. This is crucial when building your network of references. Fewer employees also means more essential responsibilities assigned to you, as opposed to being the stereotypical coffee connoisseur. With enhanced responsibility, you gain a better understanding for every role of the business, as opposed to one specific role that is there for an intern to fill.