In the Music Business Program, the culminating event of the degree curriculum is a six-month internship. These internships are extremely valuable activities and truly give the student the opportunity to put their studies to immediate, practical use within the music/entertainment industry. Students are placed in successful, thriving companies around the United States where they experience life from "inside" the company.
Students are encouraged to start the internship search process very early in their ISU careers. Through what is learned in music business, music, and business classes, students begin to develop interests in which areas of the music/entertainment industry they might eventually seek for employment. With constant opportunities to network and learn about the industry, students seek out companies that might serve as worthwhile and valuable hosts for their internship. By the time students enter into the second semester of their junior year (the sixth semester of study), they should begin to narrow down their internship ideas and, then, make contacts with possible host companies. As part of the process, students develop resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills. As soon as posbile during the students senior year of academic studies, it is advisable to secure the most desired internship.
In their internships, students are exposed to all facets of their host company. While there is much to be learned from "getting your hands dirty" in whatever product or service a company provides, students also have the opportunity to experience the leadership aspects of the company. By exposure to the leaders and leadership philosophies and practices of the host company, students gain valuable insights and experience in the inner workings of modern music/entertainment industry practices. Students receive six university credits for the internship. During the course of the six months, the director of the Music Business Program checks in with both student and company hosts to ensure that the student is getting the fully-rounded experience desired.