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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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Devin Wojtanek: The Future of Music is in Technology

Berklee Blogs introduces Devin Wojtanek, a Music Business major and spring intern, as he begins his internship with Indie Ambassador, the team behind presskit.to, a portfolio web app designed to enhance communication within the professional music & entertainment industries. In today’s blog, Devin tells us how he found his internship at I.A. and a bit about it’s unique “independent music company vibe”.

I feel like I’m really starting to get the hang of the vibe at Indie Ambassador. I can really tell that the guys I work with are Berklee alums because of how much they remind me of myself. I’ve begun to relate to all my co-workers on a more musical level. Subtly, my favorite part about working at I.A. is that there is music always playing which prompts discussion between everyone working there.

I’ve found that pretty much everyone at I.A. has had musical roots in the whole “warped tour” scene. This means a lot to me because it was of course the scene of music I grew up listening to. It also says a lot about the DIY ethic. Punk and alternative/indie music has always been my entire world, and it’s absolutely amazing to finally see in first person, the fundamentals of the movement implemented in the real world. The ideas that shape music and art can also shape the business world. I have known this on a fundamental level for quite some time, but my experience at I.A. has shown me its true application. If one understands the ideas and motivations behind the somewhat-recent shift of “punk” into the mainstream, one gets an idea of what I would call “genuine” business. It’s all about a tightly held together group of people working for something they truly believe in. Those are the fundamental signs of a successful business, and I see that in I.A.

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Valerie Teicher: The Right Search Strategy

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us how she approached her internship search with tips for first-time interns…

My internship search this past semester was a learning experience. It was quite a long process, but in the end I achieved the internships I wanted from the start, and learned a lot throughout. I came to the OEL with a few internship possibilities in mind—I wanted to intern at The Windish Agency, but was also interested in an internship at BMG Chrysalis that I had previously had to pass up last summer due to personal circumstances. I was open to other opportunities as well, and overall I applied to about ten different internships in New York City. I had about six interviews, and I was offered all of the internships I interviewed for! This allowed me to choose what felt like the best fit for me, and gave me flexibility. I ended up choosing to do two internships, at both The Windish Agency and BMG Chrysalis.

If I were to give summer-bound students advice on the internship search, I would tell them to stay open to all opportunities, and not close themselves off to only a few options. It is important to have focus on what you want to achieve internships-wise, but also important to not put all of your eggs in one basket, and the opportunity to interview and interact with a variety of companies is invaluable. I found that each interview allowed me to prepare better for the next. I would also say that choosing one or two cities to target would be a good idea, because different cities offer very different environment and opportunities. I think having in mind the kind of environment you want to live in and can afford to live in is a very good starting point. For me, deciding from early on that I definitely wanted to be in New York allowed me to target my search in a smarter and more practical way. Nevertheless, I stayed open to opportunities in Los Angeles, and did a couple of interviews just in case. This allowed me to get a feel for the different vibes in both the New York and LA music industry setting.

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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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Devin Wojtanek: Starting Out…

Berklee Blogs introduces Devin Wojtanek, a Music Business major and spring intern, as he begins his internship with Indie Ambassador, the team behind presskit.to, a portfolio web app designed to enhance communication within the professional music & entertainment industries. In today’s blog, Devin tells us how he found his internship at I.A. and a bit about it’s unique “independent music company vibe”.

My internship at Indie Ambassador began on the very first day of this semester. This was the first time I had to commute to work in Boston (to one of the last stops on the Orange line), so that day I remember being a bit more nervous about getting to my night class on time than my first day of work. In fact, I felt rather comfortable going into my first day. I noticed this attitude and at the time it actually surprised me. I am one to not necessarily get nervous about things, but I tend to build up a lot of anticipation for new experiences. The relaxed attitude I felt going into that day definitely had an impact on first impressions and hopefully said something about my confidence. I think the reason I was able to go into this new experience so ready, was the internship I had in the fall. It was at Pirate Promotions, and it introduced me to the “independent music company vibe”, I guess you could say. It was also mentioned to me in my interview at I.A. that Chris and Ben, my supervisors at I.A., were friends with Steve, my supervisor at Pirate. This gave me the impression that their work environments would be comparable, and in fact, it has turned out to be that way. 

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