/ Asked by Jisoo
This past spring semester, I applied to over 20 music related internships (I am currently a music performance major wanting to get into arts administration). I heard back from 1 internship, went in for the 1st interview along with a 2nd interview but they haven't reached out to me yet so it doesn't seem like I will be hearing anything back. This is my last summer break as a student in college and I have had an internship every summer during college. Will it look bad on my resume that I did not have an internship my last summer before graduating? I am working part time year round, and will work during summer as well. I'm worried that employers might not like the fact that I didn't do anything related to this field during this summer. Do you think that will be an issue?
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, May 19, 2014
Congratulations on your stellar internship experience thus far!  You clearly have demonstrated a pattern of success that I do not feel will harm you in the long run.  I believe that your long term part-time employment shows that you've used your time wisely.

You may want to consider music related volunteer opportunities to show continued participation in your field. 
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, May 19, 2014
I would suggest that you follow-up with the employer.  Perhaps they have not made a decision yet.  If you do not get the internship the fact that you have had several interns along the way of your college experience is very impressive.  Working this summer does show your motivation and should not be an issue as you begin to think about life after college. 


Good luck. 
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, May 19, 2014
There’s no need to hit the panic button. While the best possible scenario is to be working in your desired field, staying productive until you can find a better opportunity to match your career goals is admirable. Keep sight on your longer term goals and continue to stay positive!
Regarding the current internship you are waiting to hear from, certainly send a gentle follow-up email for a status update and reminding the contact of your interest.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I think it’s great that you were able to obtain an internship every summer during college! This will show recruiters that you have worked hard while in school and also working part time throughout the year and this summer will show that you are continuing to work hard even though you might not have obtained an internship. I would not stress out about this. If you have professors in classes related to your interests that you feel comfortable reaching out to, use them as a resource as well to see if they can point you in the direction of an internship or job this summer related to music and the arts.
I would also recommend reaching out to the employer you had a second interview with. Showing your continued interest in a respectful way will not offend a recruiter and will show that you are still interested in the position. Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Consider finding an opportunity to do volunteer work related to your field of study and future career. Even if your full-time summer job limits your volunteering to a few hours per month, you would still have something to put on your resume to show you were actively pursuing and broadening your experience in that field.
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