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Belmont ATL: Atlanta

Belmont USA

Belmont ATL Internship Program: Atlanta

Belmont ATL combines academic and experiential learning in the heart of Atlanta with an internship at a professional company. Renowned for its world-famous hip-hop culture and historical significance in the Civil Rights movement, Atlanta is a perfect location to establish robust industry connections and gain invaluable real-life professional experiences.

You will complete general education and major specific courses while working at your internship and living in Atlanta for a semester. Courses are taught by Belmont University faculty and local industry executives serving as adjunct faculty.

Buckhead restaurant in ATL Atlanta city scene

You will take two to three courses concurrently with your internship. You will be required to take the onsite Entertainment and Culture of Atlanta course, which covers a variety of topics, such as the Hip-Hop Music Industry, Atlanta Music Business Culture, Music Industry Networking, and the Atlanta Civil Rights History and Movements. A selection of Belmont courses will be available online including: Third Year Writing, Junior Cornerstone, and a selection of courses in your major or for BELL Core/General Education credit.

A hallmark of the Belmont ATL program, internships for academic credit are required.

You may work up to full-time hours with your internship. There is also a possibility to have two internships (both still must be for credit).

It is ultimately your responsibility to secure the internship. However, there are many resources on campus to assist with that process including:

Belmont ATL students may intern with companies like:

The Atlanta Voice Newspaper

City of Atlanta Office of Film and Entertainment


Rival Entertainment


Live Nation

The Whittley Agency

AEG/Zero Mile

Liquid Soul

The Fox Theater

Butter ATL

Russell Center

Atlanta Hawks


A3C Festival and Conference

Milk and Cookies

Patchwerk Recordings

One Music Festival

Radio One

Blue Moon Recording Studios


Reach Records

Cox Radio



Located in Midtown, near GA Tech, you will share a 2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom apartment with other Belmont students. Your apartment will come fully furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, and chair. The living room, kitchen, and dining areas are also fully furnished and include a washer/dryer.

Amenities are top of the line, with workout facilities, swimming pool, courtyard spaces with grills, and study areas.


You will need to bring a car and housing will include a parking space at no extra cost to you.

Are You Eligible to Apply?

In order to be eligible for study in Atlanta, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete at least 64 credit hours and be of junior standing by the start of the program.
  • Carry a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative institutional grade point average at time of application and start of the program.
  • Be in good academic and financial standing from the time of application through completion of the program.
    • Students on academic probation cannot participate in Belmont USA, even if the probation occurs after acceptance to the program.
  • Approved Resume on Handshake prior to application deadline
  • Attend an Information Session prior to the application deadline
  • Intern for credit while studying at Belmont ATL
    • All prerequisite work for internship eligibility, based on your major, must be completed by the time of program start. You must have taken or be enrolled in any prerequisite work at time of application.
  • Show significant progression towards Well Core completion as follows. If applying for the:
    • first semester of your junior year, have no more than 30 Well Core credits remaining by the application deadline.
    • second semester of your junior year, have no more than 20 Well Core credits remaining by the application deadline.
    • first semester of your senior year, have no more than 10 Well Core credits remaining by the application deadline.
    • final semester at Belmont, you must have completed your Well Core requirement by the application deadline.
      • Well Core credits will be checked by the Belmont USA coordinator on or around the application deadline.

Note: Students who become ineligible after acceptance for any of the above reasons MUST pay the program fee balance.

**Because of visa requirements, international students may not be able to participate in Belmont ATL.

Selection Process

  • Students meeting the above eligibility requirements will be extended an invitation to interview.
  • During the brief interview with the selection committee, students will be evaluated on the following:
    • Thoughtful preparation (courses, Well Core, preliminary internship searches, etc.)
    • Articulate responses
    • Professionalism
    • Overall attitude
  • The following criteria are considered during the overall selection process:
    • Academic performance
    • Professional Experience
    • Internship experience
    • Progress towards degree requirements
    • Maturity
    • Overall preparedness
  • Students who are not selected for participation, may be put on a wait list. If an accepted student declines admission, a student from the wait list is notified and offered the opportunity.

Application Open Date
Application Deadline

Spring 2025

August 1, 2024

September 15, 2024

Kelly White

Kelly White '23 | Music Business

Growing up in Atlanta shaped so much of who I am and has been the main influence guiding my career. My passion for hip-hop flourished in the city, having an amazing experience being an intern at Patchwerk Recording Studios. Working in such a legendary studio with so many talented, hardworking creatives furthered my love of being in the studio which led me to working on the A&R team at Prescription Songs now. Atlanta holds such a special place in my heart, and I am so grateful to have spent time in such a vibrant musical and cultural hub."

Kate Lackey

Kate Lackey '17 |Theatre Performance

"Atlanta is booming, especially for the entertainment industry. There are 90 projects set to film in Atlanta this year, including the new Superman movie, Amazon limited series The Bondsman starring Kevin Bacon, ABC’s Will Trent, and even Disney’s live action Moana. And all of these projects are going to need capable and hungry interns who want to learn more."


Program Staff

Belmont ATL is administered by staff in both Nashville and Atlanta. In Nashville, the Belmont USA Assistant Director manages the application and pre-departure processes and communicates with all students prior to their arrival in Atlanta. In Atlanta, the Belmont ATL Onsite Manager coordinates move-in and mentors you through your internship experience.

Belmont USA

Siobhan Harren (Nashville)

Assistant Director, Belmont USA
Office Location: 1009 JAAC - Study Abroad Office
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Belmont USA

Richard Dunn (Atlanta)

Onsite Manager, Belmont ATL
Office Location: Atlanta
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