If you want to work in the music industry, there is no better place to get your foot in the door than Music Garage. You’ll have opportunities to network with the 3,000+ musicians that pass through our doors each week. Our staff will teach you what it takes, from both a business and creative perspective, to make it in the industry. We’ll work with you to refine your talents and provide opportunities to foster them, and we have a lot of fun along the way!
Our interns are the face of the Music Garage. You’ll be part of a team (8-10 interns) working towards a common goal of providing the best music rehearsal experience in Chicago. You’ll greet our customers, set up our hourly rehearsals (both booking appointments and preparing the rooms), handle transactions and provide customer service at our front desk. This is where you’ll get hands-on experience interacting with musicians and gaining knowledge about gear. There may be no better networking opportunity in Chicago!
In addition to the hourly business, interns will focus on 1-2 core projects for the duration of their internship. These projects each focus on a specific aspect of the music business and will enable you to develop and hone the skills you need to make a career in the music business.
As our Artist Relations Intern, you’ll have endless opportunities to connect with musicians. You’ll head our Featured Artist program, which spotlights an artist each week throughout the building and on all of our social media channels. You’ll act as a liaison to the program and the artists, leading everything from initial contact, conducting interviews, media production and posting the final product.
Summer time means barbecues!! You’ll reach out to our current sponsors to get donations, book live music performers, and establish new partnerships with businesses to collaborate with for our BBQs. Our other events include open mics, local music showcases, seminars, mixers, and other community building events. You’ll also assist with logistics, staffing, and other preparations to make sure everything runs smoothly.
As our Graphic Design Intern, you’ll be the first in line for all design projects. You’ll create all of our show and event flyers, artist posters for the Featured Artist program, and various website and marketing materials. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own connections within the building for freelance possibilities. Requirements: proficient in Photoshop. Please include your portfolio.
Live Sound and Quality Assurance of Gear (QA):
We have gear. Lots of gear! With 11 hourly rooms, there are amps to fix, drums to tune and mics to set up. As our QA intern you’ll be testing all of the equipment making sure it is in proper working order and fixing minor problems as they come up. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our live sound engineers on events. Requirements: working knowledge of gear (amps, PAs, drums, etc).
The marketing support project involves supporting internal and external marketing initiatives for promoting the Music Garage. This core project will focus on the coordinating and maintaining the student flyer canvases across college campuses and conceiving and implementing programs to achieve deeper awareness of the Music Garage on these campuses and throughout our building and neighborhood. This core project will also include identifying local hot spots and businesses in our area where we can promote and create partnership opportunities. You will communicate with your peers and our marketing managers to fulfill Music Garage marketing needs.
As the photography intern, you’ll be taking photos at our events and working with our team to take new pictures for our website. From documenting our events to showing off our hourly rehearsal rooms and gear, you’ll help us make sure that we’re sharing quality images with our audience. Requirements: advanced photography skills. No equipment necessary. Please include your portfolio.
As the social media intern (you guessed it) you’ll be heading all of our social media platforms. You’ll learn how social media for a business differs from personal use, and how to effectively plan, track, and execute strategies that gain traction and help the business grow. We really pride ourselves on our social media efforts, as it has become a huge form of communication for us with our tenants, customers, and the Chicago music scene.
As the Venue Relations Intern, you’ll work on behalf of Music Garage to learn the process of what it takes to successfully promote shows in Chicago. You’ll be responsible for exchanging promotional materials with the venues we partner with and initiating cross-promotional campaigns. You’ll get to build and grow relationships with industry professionals at venues like Metro, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, The Empty Bottle, Reggies Rock Club, Double Door, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, Red Line Tap, Bottom Lounge and more.
Vic’s Drum Shop:
The Vic’s Drum Shop core project involves various initiatives in multiple areas of the business. This can be compiling photos for the website, promotions of products, and helping out with tasks in the drum shop. The Vic’s Drum Shop intern also has opportunities to assist with promotional video shoots, clinics, master classes, and social media. Drum knowledge required.
– Desire to learn about the music industry
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs
– Strong communication and writing skills
– Customer service oriented
– Team player
– Ability to make independent decisions and be proactive
– Our business is open seven days a week – weekend availability required
– College Credit
– Use of rehearsal spaces during non-peak hours
– Access to top industry professionals, venues, and events
– FREE concert tickets (when available)
– Friendly, casual work environment
– COFFEE! Bring your K-Cups ‘cuz we have a Keurig.
THIS IS AN UNPAID, PART-TIME INTERNSHIP but we’ll help you get college credit and make sure you get the most out of this experience.
The summer session runs from May 8 – September 10.
The application window for the summer session is NOW OPEN!
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21.
How to apply: If you are passionate about music and making a career in the music business, send your resume and cover letter with the subject line INTERNSHIP SU2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include what core projects you’d be interested in taking on in your cover letter.
“Being an intern at the Music Garage truly changed my life. Not only is the full time staff amazing to work with, but at the end of my internship I was able to call all of them my close friends.
After my four months as an intern I learned so much about the music business and how to operate and repair a lot of gear I wasn’t that familiar with. After leaving the internship, the General Manager Joe helped me build up my application, and trained me how to prepare properly for a professional interview, and that’s how I got my career doing audio and film work for FEMA.
The Music Garage is an amazing community full of wonderful people. This is definitely the coolest and most impactful internship around.”
-Dominick Del Vecchio, January 2017