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Gabrielle Thornley: Finding Meaning in the Work…

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle tells us some of the cool things The Echo Nest is involved in and how they help interns get emotionally invested in the work they do.

So far, the Echo Nest has been all I could have asked for. I’ve met so many new people and have already made some great connections. Some of the work has been a bit monotonous, but it is a data company, after all. Most of my days consist of me sorting through genre lists with hundreds of artists and correcting any errors that the company may have in their data. I do get to enjoy endless supplies of tea and music while I do it, which makes it pretty bearable :).

Over the past couple of weeks, The Echo Nest has made it a point to remind the interns that our tasks are not busy work, but that we are actually helping the company in many different aspects. We’ve had a few meetings with associates from different departments within the Echo Nest, which have really helped to clarify the purpose behind what we do and how our tasks affect the company as a whole. Personally, I’ve learned so many cool things about this company that makes me really proud to say that I am a part of it. I never realized how many clients actually use the Echo Nest. They work with probably every major company worldwide, such as iHeartRadio and MTV to name a couple.  

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Gabrielle Thornley: A Solid Start…

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle tells us about the positive vibe she found at her internship while exploring her career options.

I know what people think when I tell them that I am currently a junior at Berklee. The typical responses range from, “So…what do you wanna do?” or “What’s your back up plan?” Music has always been my passion and I recently decided that music will be my back up plan as well. I can envision myself being on that big stage, just me and my guitar, with the audience singing along to my music. But then I thought, “What if that doesn’t happen?” And for that reason, I decided to build my resume and start interning. I was ecstatic when I landed my internship at the Echo Nest, a music data company based out of Somerville. I had no experience doing QA or marketing but was kind of excited to finally explore another aspect of the music industry, besides performing.

When I arrived for my first day, I walked in, with my high heels, to an office full of jeans and t-shirts. An inflatable palm tree stood in one corner, a disco ball hung from another corner, and the girl with green hair lounging closest to me glanced over and said hello. She offered me tea while I waited for Michelle, who was going to be my internship advisor. Michelle gave me the office tour and introduced me to the company’s co- founder, who complimented my YouTube cover video that he stumbled upon while researching the new Spring interns.

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