Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami, 19'
My favorite part of the internship was getting the opportunity to get connected to a non-profit specifically one that works directly with children. As I researched artists and corporations to get them connected with our organization, I felt a great sense of fulfillment, that my efforts were directly affecting children in need.
The only thing I wish would have been different is if there was an option to have the internship in person. One of the things I enjoy most is interacting with others in person.
My one piece of advice that I would share with a prospective intern is to be ready for the work but to also constantly remind yourself that it is all for a good cause! The work may be challenging but if a person was never challenged, how would they get to the next level in their career and passion?
Catie Middleton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 17'
This internship was wonderful. I believe, if I’m remembering correctly, I was one of the first interns (?) so I know it was a learning process. So I’m not sure how it has evolved, but I did love it. The mission behind Sing Me a Story is one I still love sharing. It’s a beautiful organization with the absolute best intentions, and I was proud to be apart of it, for even a short period of time. I enjoyed the weekly meet-ups with Austin to work through problems I was having. I think that a training program would be beneficial, although I’m sure there is something in place now. In particular, I think having some guidance to talking to the artist managers would be super great. I liked the work, and thought it was interesting. Overall it was really enjoyable and I learned a lot about the music industry.
Autumn Dobbeck, University of Illinois, 20'
I have been an intern with the Sing Me a Story Foundation since December of 2018, and it has been the most beneficial internship I have ever completed. This internship has given me more learning and self-development opportunities than I ever initially anticipated. Throughout my time with Sing Me a Story I have learned countless things about the Music Industry, the Non-Profit world, and my own career development. My favorite part of this internship is the fact that I am able to see the work I do behind the scenes come to life. I've had the opportunity to meet with children in need, helping them put their creative stories to paper, watch talented artists record music live, and even traveled to Nashville for Sing Me a Story's annual event! The Sing Me a Story team is the kindest, and most welcoming group of individuals I have ever worked for. It is not often that one has the opportunity to work for a cause that is so great and has an impact on so many lives.
This is a remote internship, so most of the work you do will be on the computer. It can be easy to get lost behind the screen and forget what it is all about. I would encourage every intern to do their best to get involved with Sing Me a Story in other ways as well. I enjoy seeing the work I do come to life, and it's easy to do that when you sit down with the kids while they write their stories, or even write a song for a child in need yourself! Don't be afraid to ask questions or make suggestions. This internship will be as great as you make it.
Maddie Hirschfield, University of Alabama, 19'