Internships at IBMA

What we look for in an intern:

At IBMA, we seek ambitious, self-motivated people with a strong interest in the music business. Internships are unpaid positions and carry a commitment of twelve to twenty hours per week in our Inglewood office (in Nashville, TN). We welcome all applications, however, preference will be given to those applying for college credit. Internships are offered for spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Proficiencies in some or all of these areas:

  • Social media and communications
  • Front end web design
  • Database management
  • Adobe Suite or comparable software

Projects you may be working on include:

  • our business conference and festival, World of Bluegrass
  • our professional development course, Leadership Bluegrass
  • balloting and data management of our International Bluegrass Music Awards
  • monthly newsletters and press releases
  • membership and social media campaigns

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.

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 Ethan Charles.

Reflections from former interns:

“Interning with IBMA has been the most rewarding experience. I’ve learned so much about the organization and all the amazing things that they do, as well as gained organizational, planning, and writing skills, and learned new programs. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, and willing to teach me things with which I haven’t had prior experience, and I have learned more here than in any other position I’ve held.

I would highly recommend interning at IBMA to anyone who is looking for a small, friendly environment with ample space to learn and grow.”

– Shelby Willamson, 2017 IBMA intern from Belmont University

“I think of you and the IBMA gang often. I gained an incredible amount of social media knowledge and other music industry-related experience that I still use and am building upon in my current position at Provident. I really don’t think I would be where I am now without the skills I developed through the IBMA internship! I hope you and the rest of the team are thriving and finding continued success.”

– Megan Clarke, 2016 IBMA intern from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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