I teach in the Music Industry program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. There are a number of good music industry programs around the country, and I happen to think that Drexel has one of the best. Like a few of the other programs, we require our students to do an internship (we call it a co-op). Actually, we require two co-ops, one the summer after sophomore year, and the other after junior year. Doing an internship can be a great experience. You have a chance to spend some time doing real work in the real world with people who really know what they’re doing, and that’s something that can’t be downplayed. The more you know about how things really work out there, the more prepared you’re going to be when you graduate.
One of our graduates from a few years ago, Katie Reilly, started a great website, Intern Like A Rockstar. It’s a great place to visit, full of articles, blog posts, links to current internship opportunities, and more. For those of you who are still in school, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Check it out, and tell them I said “hi.”