Communication Studies major Madison Bristol has been busy this summer interning at not one, but two places! Check out her experiences and advice…
Q: Where are you interning and what do they do?
Madison: “This summer I am an interning for Sony Records and a PR company called Graham & Associates located in Union Square.”
Q: How did you find your internship?
Madison: “I got very lucky with both of these internships and found them both on the USF Career Services websites.”
Q: Why did you decide to intern there?
Madison: “As far as the PR internship I wanted to learn more about the industry and if it is something I want to have a career in, in the future. For Sony it was easy: music is my passion and I have always wanted to work in the music industry, this internship has proven to be an amazing insight to what the music business is like and has only made my desire to be involved in music greater.”
Q: What do you do on a regular basis at your internship?
Madison: “At Graham & Associates my responsibilities included general administrative tasks around the office: front desk management, an information source to clients. However, I have a larger role of working on client projects, assisting in writing press releases and overall gaining knowledge about the industry.
Since Sony is based in New York, I have been responsible for completing my duties from my home. Every two weeks I am assigned three independent labeled bands and given posters and other promotion tools. I distribute and post posters all over San Francisco and promote the band and also do a social media campaign. At the end of the two weeks I compile my work and submit it to Sony. This summer I have gotten to work with so many AMAZING bands.
Q: What have you learned from your internship?
Madison: “Both internships have taught me a lot about the PR and music industries, which I was lacking in knowledge in before.”
Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?
Madison: “The hardest part is finding an internship (I got lucky) but in general I would recommend first looking on the USF website and apply to multiple internships, so you have more options and a higher chance of being hired.”
I hope you are seeing a pattern in how many of our students and alums recommend the Career Services Center. If you are looking for an internship this fall, be sure to check them out! Also check our department facebook page, as we have had several alums post internship announcements there (http://www.facebook.com/USFDONSCOMS), and our high-tech “Internship Binder” in KA 313, the main Communication Studies office. You’ll be an intern in no time!
Thanks Madison! Your internships sound great!