Part of the Belmont experience is internships. Students intern side-by-side with professionals who are a daily part of the Music Industry, expanding students’ knowledge, experience, and industry contacts. Interning allows students to focus and solidify their strengths, goals and career paths before graduation. While Nashville is the dominant location, students have interned in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, London, and Australia. Through an extensive industry database the Intern Office is able to assist students in locating and dialoguing with interested companies. Generally, the demand far exceeds the supply of students (usually 500+ requests and 160-200 students per semester). Internships are not a requirement for graduation, but are always highly recommended. They are typically done while attending classes. A student may intern as little as 10 hours per week, and can do up to 6 internships.
While most internships are unpaid, they can be either paid or unpaid and a student may receive credit for performing the internship. A student may receive both pay and credit, but must be receiving at least one to meet the Fair Labor Standards Act.