An Internship That Combined My Passions

HeadCount is accepting applications for Winter/Spring Internships. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

If you're looking for an internship in New York City, I want to tell you my story...

I studied political science in school, have an addiction to live music, and a desire to affect positive change in this beautiful country. I couldn’t believe there was an internship that brought together all of those things, but that's what HeadCount offered.

My expectations were sky-high when I was brought on the team. The reality surpassed my expectations, though. Nearly everyone I met through HeadCount is awesome. All of them have a passion for politics and music that is contagious, and it’s no wonder we were able to register more than 100,000 people this year.

Not only was I able to work a bunch of music festivals during the course of my internship, I was able to gain first-hand experience in how non-profits and the music industry work. I’m certain that the skills I honed working in the office will help me in whatever career I end up sticking in.

As if the summer internship wasn’t great enough, HeadCount ended me offering a job for the rest of the year! That's me (horizontal) in the official staff photo up there. It’s just another case of HeadCount taking care of their own. My fellow interns have gone on to get jobs and gigs at Relix Magazine, Bowery Presents, Creative Artists Agency, Madison Square Garden, U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, and many other amazing places.

If you want to apply for the Winter/Spring semester, you'll just need to send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Want to know more? The official job description is here. Or, this is the cliff notes version of what a HeadCount internship entails:

  • Content creation (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, creating excel data sheets, performing research)
  • Assisting with artist relations (dealing with musicians, managers, and concert promoters)
  • Helping with grassroots and community outreach (assisting with volunteer program planning, conference calls, and coordinating events)
  • Working on fundraising and development (assisting in grant writing, researching potential donors, and finding new partner artists)
  • General nonprofit management and administration

So, should you apply for the spring HeadCount internship? Well, if you think you’d enjoy performing the duties listed above, and if you like working around a great group of people who are passionate about keeping our democracy healthy and giving the music community a voice in politics, then this should be a no-brainer for you.  Apply! Send your info to [email protected].