The Pros and Cons of Being a Music Festival Intern


By: Dorianna Williams, THON/Philanthropy Chair

Individualized internships come with different expectations and responsibilities, as every college student will learn. After your first week, you may find times that you regret accepting the offer, and you may find times where you could not be any more thankful. While these ups and downs are characteristic of any internship, they are especially relevant within the music festival industry.

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Before you start doing ‘The Carlton’ alone in your bedroom to your current jam, there are some things you need to consider before you accept that offer.

Do all of the pros outweigh the cons as a music festival intern? Keep reading to find out:

Con: Festivals are not nearly long enough

Pro: Learning how to make your time count

Obviously a music festival cannot last for months or even weeks, for that matter. Make your time there impressionable and learn something from it. Stay connected with your supervisors and other executives from the company. Give them something to remember your face by. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which has the potential to get you one step closer to your final destination: your dream job.

Con: Unpaid

Pro: Traveling stipend, free meals, free housing

It is not rocket science to figure out why college students typically have a negative balance in their bank account. If you are lucky enough to get an unpaid internship in this business, TAKE IT. Your bank account will forgive you. Most festival companies travel from state to state, which means they will offer you a traveling stipend, free housing, and even free meals for your stay! Once the festival is over, go home and get back to work!

Con: Long hours

Pro: Always willing to celebrate at the end of the night

You may work up to twelve-hour days doing each and every thing you would ever envision as an intern. Once the hectic day is over, you will probably think your boss wants to call it a day and go back to the house. If so, you are wrong. The entertainment industry knows how to have a good time. Just strive to your potential throughout the day, and it will pay off in the end. Who knows, you may even get to meet your favorite musicians!

After weighing the pros and cons of the music festival industry, it’s up to you to decide whether or not this internship is for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about the experience. Trying new things and discovering true passions are what internships are all about.

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