Most people are pretty jealous I go to school in sunny California, but right now I’m wishing I was a Texas student—for now until March 2015, at least.
That’s because SXSW is holding its annual music, film, and interactive media conference (the eponymous South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival)—and it’s looking for more than 50 interns to help make it a success.
“We currently have 18 different internships we are currently recruiting for,” says Gene Butler, the volunteer and intern coordinator. From legal matters and interactive programming and production to volunteer coordination and event planning , it’s almost guaranteed you’ll find one that plays to your strengths.
And don’t let a distaste for Starbucks runs and copy machines scare you away from applying. Most of SXSW’s employees start out as volunteers or seasonal interns, so the company is big on challenging you and giving you a meaningful experience. Whatever type of intern you are, you’re encouraged to find and tackle problems that you see. That sounds way more valuable than memorizing someone’s taste for café au lait.
“There is a family feel here; interns are integrated into the departments where they work and become a part of a tight knit team and the bigger SXSW family as well,” Butler says. “Also, our interns get to see what it takes to put on a world class conference and festival from behind the scenes. When they have down time during the event, they can attend any of the showcases, movies, panels, or trade shows.”
One more job perk: the tons of free swag interns walk away with.
If this sounds like great experience to you, check out SXSW’s internships and apply! I’ll be there with you in spirit.