Internships at IBMA

What we look for in an intern:

IBMA seeks people with a strong interest in the music business to intern with us. Internships are unpaid positions, and carry a commitment of twelve to twenty hours per week in our Inglewood office (in Nashville, TN). We offer internships for spring, summer and fall semesters. All internships are for college credit only. You will be given responsibilities commensurate with your capabilities and resourcefulness.

We welcome ambitious, self-motivated candidates with proficiencies in some or all of these areas:

  • Excel and the rest of the Microsoft Office suite
  • Social media and communications
  • Database management
  • Adobe Suite or comparable software

Possible Responsibilities:

  • Processing member feedback, survey results, and other data in spreadsheets
  • Planning, creating, and scheduling social media posts
  • Photo and video editing
  • Helping process ballot results
  • Organizing and displaying event information
  • Membership outreach and updating
  • Other communications and data projects

You will most likely work in many areas. The work ethic at IBMA is to roll up our sleeves and take on whatever tasks need to get done.

A love of bluegrass music is recommended, but certainly not required.

How to apply:

If you are interested in learning about all facets of the music business by interning for the trade organization that works to empower the global bluegrass community, please send your resume and a brief message on why you’d like to work at IBMA to [email protected]. If your university uses Handshake, you can also apply by searching “2024 IBMA Summer Intern” in the Handshake database.

Reflections from former interns:

“Interning at IBMA has been such a gratifying experience. I’ve gained so much knowledge and real experience within the bluegrass world, and have gotten to see up close the incredible work this organization does. Everyone at IBMA is so kind and easygoing, and has been there to answer any question, and offer their help. They value your opinion and treat you like a professional, whilst creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere. I am so grateful for the time I’ve spent here, and cannot recommend being a part of their close-knit hospitable community enough!”

– Sydney Lee, 2024 IBMA intern from Belmont University

“As a person who had no previous experience with bluegrass, I felt right at home interning for IBMA! Not only have I been able to gain a lot of knowledge about bluegrass and the industry as a whole, but I have done so in an incredibly welcoming environment of professionals who truly want to see me flourish. The work that I do here as an intern feels meaningful, and I look forward to coming in and seeing what projects I’ll be tackling each day. After spending some time here at IBMA, I can attest that the skills I have developed will propel me forward far into the music industry. And there’s certainly more bluegrass in my rotation now!”

– Jules Ripka, 2024 IBMA intern from Belmont University

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