The internship component of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries is the culminating experience of the program where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. The internship also provides valuable industry experience that will give students a valuable edge in their career development.
A full-time internship requires that students are gaining a minimum of 20 hours per week (for 8 weeks) of onsite supervised experience in a role and within an organization relevant to the MA in Sound Arts and Industries curriculum.
While students are completing their experience at a business or organization, students are enrolled in a 3-credit online course that provides a structure for maximizing the internship experience through learning objectives, industry research, network building, as well as career planning for post-graduation. Through the internship experience students develop connections with professionals who will not only assist them with implementing their learning, but who can also help them develop a network of connections that will launch their career.
How do students find an internship?
Students have access to the resources of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS) and Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) for their internship search. A dedicated EPICS liaison for the MA in Sound Arts and Industries program assists students with their search, providing opportunity leads, feedback on application materials, and coaching.
When can I complete my internship?
Full-time internships for credit take place in the summer quarter. Students are welcome and encouraged to find part-time internship experiences during the other quarters and can enroll in a non-credit course during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.
Where have students done internships and/or gone on to work after the program?
Students have a variety of interests within the sound arts and industries and some highlights include 2112/Fort Knox Studios, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Recording Company (CRC), Comma Music, Earhole Studios, Earlens, Electrical Audio (EA), Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), Footsteps Foley, iO Theatre, Jackbox Games, Jellyvision, the John Walt Foundation, Knowable, NFL Films, Noisefloor, the Northwestern Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Periscope Post and Audio, Ravinia Festival, Saavn, Shure, Inc., The People’s Music School, The Truth Podcast, Utopic Films, Vanderbilt University Music, Mind, and Society and the Music Cognition Lab, Vox Media, Warner Music (Atlantic Records Division), WFMT, Wildwood Picture & Sound, and with various sound artists.
What if I’m not interested in an internship?
For students who are not interested in completing an internship or who may be at a point in their careers where an internship is not viable/desirable, a thesis option is available. Students select a research topic and secure a thesis advisor, completing the thesis over the summer quarter.