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Music Industry Internship Administration:

Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 16, Number 1 (2016)

Carey Christensen
California State University, Northridge
Armen Shaomian
University of South Carolina


Internships are a critical component of music industry education and often serve as the capstone experience in many music industry degree programs. Internships are intended to connect theory with practice and help the student transition from the classroom to the working world. Successful internship administration requires both the academic and worksite supervisors to adopt a team teaching mentality and to work together in order to achieve student learning objectives. Ten common obstacles in music industry internship administration are identified and discussed from both the academic and worksite supervisor perspective. Recommendations for overcoming these obstacles are offered to make the music industry internship a positive and rewarding experience for all concerned.

Keywords: music industry, music business, internship, administration, education, experiential learning, learning objectives, learning agreement, intern abuse

Christensen, Carey and Armen Shaomian. “Music Industry Internship Administration: Overcoming Common Administrative Obstacles That Hinder Student Learning.” Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 16, no. 1 (2016): 43-71.  https://doi.org/10.25101/16.2

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