Most students will have an internship during their time in college. Majors will sometimes even require a student to have completed an internship for credit. There are many companies and businesses that offer internships throughout Austin. One of these places is South by Southwest (SXSW), which I have been interning at for nearly two semesters.

Usually when someone hears about my internship with SXSW, they immediately ask how I got the internship. When I was looking for internships, I picked a few companies I thought I would like to work with, and then when to their websites to see if they had an openings for internships. SXSW was one of those companies, and they did have an opening. In fact, they had lot of openings for many different kinds of internships.

There were internships for marketing, event planning, production, media, as well as internships positions for different parts of the event (film, music, interactive), and the list just keeps going. 

If you go onto their website a month or two months prior to the semester you want to be interning, you can go through the list of internships being offered. Each listing will have an estimated timeline for how long the internship is, a description of what you’ll be doing, and the skills you should have in order to accomplish those tasks. They also have instructions on how to apply for the internship. 

SXSW is a great place to intern with, not only because of experience that you will gain at the internship, but also because of connections you can make. However, there are some things you should keep in mind before deciding to apply.

SXSW is a huge event that takes a lot of work to put on. You should expect to be spending a lot of hours working for the department you are in. There are some exceptions to this rule. If you chose to intern during the fall semester, the work load is a little lighter, because the main event is still several months away. Spring semester, though, will keep you very busy. The week of SXSW will also be very intense, with a heavy amount of work to do during the event. You should expect late nights and early mornings nearly every day of the event. 

If you are prepared for the amount of work required, and they are offering an internship in something you want experience in, then applying at SXSW is definitely worth it. There is a lot to learn from working at such a major event, and even more people to meet. Plus, having an event like this on your resume will go a long way.  

Find out more about the internships they offer at http://volunteer.sxsw.com/internships
  • Ashley Kaczmar
 


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