Whether you’ve just moved to a music city or you’re simply interested in learning more about what it’s like to work in a studio, researching internships can be a great place to start. These are usually coveted positions and while it may be difficult to land an interview for these opportunities, the most important quality to have in this job is a passion for creating music. Here are some typical expectations of a recording studio intern:

1. Expect to Do Some Dirty Work

While you’ll be asked to help with studio sessions, you should also keep in mind that this is an entry-level, often unpaid internship. You’ll be expected to help with the general upkeep and maintenance of the place, and doing so willingly can express to your supervisors you have a strong work ethic even with basic tasks; therefore it’s important to always keep a good attitude and to display a willingness to help out even on the small assignments.

2. Always Stay Busy

Even at times when you have finished all your tasks or are waiting for the next assignment, make sure you’re always being productive and helpful. Either go back over your tasks with a more precise examination or teach yourself a skill that could be helpful to your job in the future. There will come a day when someone will notice your initiative to go above and beyond.

3. Set-Up & Take-Down

It’s likely that you’ll be expected to set up, clean, and check recording equipment before each session to double-check that everything sounds good before the artist needs to use it. It may be beneficial to learn about different types of equipment so that you’re aware of the differences between certain microphones, which amps to use for the desired sound, etc. Plus this knowledge will only help you as you continue to work in the audio engineering world.

4. Never Turn Down an Opportunity

While working this internship, it’s important to always be thinking ahead. Take full advantage of every resource offered to you and network with as many people as possible. You never know what can come of it! Make sure to be available for any events outside of work that you’re asked to be a part of as this will let everyone know you’re serious about the profession and you’re eager to get ahead of the game.

Hopefully this helps you prepare for an internship in a recording studio, or for any internship in the music industry. Be sure to show up everyday on time and ready to put in your best effort. As long as you have a passion for being here, this should never be too hard!

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