Texas Music Office Internship Program

The Texas Music Office offers internships every four months to four students. Since opening in January 1990, 268 students from 23 colleges successfully completed the TMO's internship program.

Dates and Deadlines

Summer 2017: January 1 - May 15; Deadline: May 1, 2017

Fall 2017: Sept 1 - December 10; Deadline: August 1, 2017
Spring 2018: January 1 - May 15; Deadline: December 1, 2018

To apply, please e-mail your resume, application and cover letter to music@gov.texas.gov.

Your cover letter should include an explanation of why you want to intern at the TMO, and why you are qualified to do so.

You can download an application at http://gov.texas.gov/files/hr/internapp_01-15.doc .

Please call or email if you have any questions.

**TMO fellowships often qualify for college credit with instructor approval**

Program Description

The fellowship program of the Texas Music Office (TMO) in the Office of the Governor offers college students the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of the music industry. The TMO seeks students with excellent communication skills who want to learn how the music industry works, and who want to contribute to the TMO's research, publishing and marketing efforts.

TMO fellowship recipients are required to work at least 12 (and as many as 20) hours each week researching and marketing Texas music businesses, events and talent. Responsibilities include: interviewing Texas music businesses owners; developing business statements based on these interviews; inputting information into the TMO's databases using FileMaker Pro 11.0 software; responding to information requests from industry professionals and the general public; and researching Texas music on the web. Interns also assist TMO staff with administrative duties approximately 10 percent of the time. TMO fellowships are on a volunteer basis; interns do not receive any financial, housing, or transportation compensation or assistance.

The Texas Music Office is the economic development office for the Texas music industry, and is the sister office to the Texas Film Commission. Annual TMO publications include the online Texas Music Industry Directory, the Texas Music Events Calendar, and many more. Fellowship recipients work closely with the TMO staff in assisting with these online publications.

Getting started in the Texas music business isn't easy. TMO fellowships are an excellent way to become aware of important professional contacts who make music their business.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter by the semester deadline listed above to:

Texas Music Office, Governor's Office
P.O. Box 13246
Austin, TX 78711

You may also e-mail your resume and cover letter to: music@gov.texas.gov.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

Interns usually work 12 - 20 hours each week at the TMO.
Since the program began, TMO interns have volunteered a total of more than 68,000 hours assisting Texas music industry professionals.


Colleges participating in TMO internship program

Austin Community College
Baylor University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Concordia University
Cornell University
Elizabethtown College
Huston-Tillotson College
Loyola University at New Orleans
Missisippi State University
New York University
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
St. Edward's University
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University at Kingsville
Texas State University at San Marcos
Texas Tech University
Tulane University
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of San Francisco
University of Southampton, UK
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of The Incarnate Word
Vanderbilt University

TMO interns were majors in the following fields of study:

American Studies
Art History
Arts Management
Commercial Music Management
Communication Studies
Computer Information Sciences
Digital Media Management
East-European and Eurasian Studies
Electrical Engineering
General Studies

International Business
Markets and Culture
Master of Science in Information Systems
Music Business
Musical Theory
Plan II
Political Science
Public Relations
Studio Art

Places that TMO interns have worked:

TMO internship graduates have gone on to such diverse endeavors as rhythm guitarist for Lauryn Hill to Director of Interactive Publicity and Promotions for a major Hollywood film production company.

Here are a few places where former TMO interns work:

  • ACL Live
  • AT&T
  • All Access Today
  • Abstract Method Marketing
  • Apple
  • The Armstrong Community Music School
  • BMG Music Publishing
  • BP
  • Broadcast.com/Yahoo
  • Brook Mays Music
  • British Council (Beijing,China)
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • College of Fine Arts at University of Texas
  • Cook Children's Medical Center (Fort Worth)
  • Christopher Cox (musician)
  • DMX
  • Davis McLarty Agency
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Electronic Arts (EA)
  • EMI CMG Group, Nashville
  • Falco Ink
  • Frick Art & Historical Center
  • Chelsey Green - The Green Violinist (musician)
  • Girlie Action Media, Marketing & Management
  • Google
  • Governor's Office, Tourism Division
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Houston)
  • Human Garden Agency (New Zealand)
  • Iron Cactus
  • J H L Company
  • J. Walter Thompson Advertising (Detroit)
  • Juice Consulting
  • KBR
  • KMR Group
  • LaForce & Stevens (New York)
  • Late Night With David Letterman
  • The Law Firm (NBC, Los Angeles)
  • Lincoln Center (New York)
  • Live Nation
  • Loophole Management
  • MCA Records (Los Angeles)
  • MTV
  • Mazanel, Raskin & Ruder Co., LPA
  • McGarrah / Jessee Advertising
  • Milina Barry PR
  • Marsha Milam Music Productions
  • MIX 94.7 Morning Show
  • Mood Music
  • Music in Motion, Inc.
  • National Western Life Insurance
  • Navarre Corporation
  • New Line Cinema
  • New West Records
  • Okkervil River (band)
  • Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
  • The Orchard
  • Oriental Dreamworks
  • Paramount Recording Studio
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Pret A Manger
  • Repossession Records
  • Rhino Records
  • Seidio
  • South by Southwest Music and Media Conference
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Texas Legislative Council
  • Trace Elements/Shrub Music
  • Universal Music and Video Distribution
  • United States Department of State (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
  • UT Golf Club in Steiner Ranch
  • UT-Austin Performing Arts Center
  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  • Voxtrot (band)
  • Warner Music Group
  • Weitz & Luxenberg PC
  • Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
  • WP Engine
  • Zenith Bank (Ghana)

Others went on to pursue graduate degrees from the following colleges:
Boston College, Harvard University, Texas Woman's University, UT-Austin School of Law, UT Sports Management, Loyola University, New York University School of Law, University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, University of Houston Law Center, Carnegie Mellon, Indiana University, and Hofstra University School of Law.



photo of 2013 spring interns

Spring 2013 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Marshall Lowry, Melody Chang, Jacob Bryant and Collin Brown.

photo of 2012 fall interns

Fall 2012 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Trent Walker, Grace Neilson, Stephanie Cavazos and Ricky Stein.

photo of 2012 summer interns

Summer 2012 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Alyssa Kelly, Melody Chang, Julian Alvarez,
Liangchen Helen Zhang and Ryan Monahan.

photo of 2012 spring interns

Spring 2012 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Ashley Buenrostro, Michael Arase (legal intern),
Alyssa Berger, Morgan Schlesinger and Ruth Griffin.

photo of 2011 fall interns

Fall 2011 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Victoria Chamlee, Shayda Torabi, Laura George,
and Amy Franco.Caitlin Carson is not pictured.

photo of 2011 summer interns opens

Summer 2011 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Gary Hwu, Darbi Donaldson, Danielle Storey,
Kristyn Popp and Benjamin Edaburn.

photo of 2011 spring interns

Spring 2011 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Rebeca Rosenberg, Dean Godfrey, Cameron Taggart,
Jordan Jamison and Veronica Nadalin.

photo of 2010 TMO fall interns

Fall 2010 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Amanda Blanford, Hanna Lucas, Amber LaFrance,
Katelyn Orr and Ambika Singh.

photo of 2010 TMO summer interns

Summer 2010 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Cameron Malone, Balaji Varadhan, Katie Wolters,
Lacey Johnson, Morgan Grubbs and Kenton Yaklin.

photo of 2010 TMO Spring interns

Spring 2010 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Priscilla Mensah, Dylan J. Storey, Sergio Salinas
and Jessica Collins.

photo of 2009 summer TMO interns

Fall 2009 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Grant Derigo, Ali Vise and Stuart Casey. Ana Ochoa
is not pictured.

photo of 2009 summer TMO interns

Summer 2009 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Jefferson Fisher, Lauren Elzner, Noelle Hernandez,
Maya Valerie, Kristin Adams; Legal Fellowship Interns: Emily Burrows, Austin Hegarty.

photo of 2009 spring TMO interns

Spring 2009 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Roslynn Castillo, Dustin Villarreal, Yan Li, Brooke Deardurff.

photo of 2008 fall TMO interns

Fall 2008 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Dulcenea Garcia, Brian Marshall, Marisa Raburn,
Ashlee Putney, Marcus Womack.

photo of 2008 Summer TMO interns

Summer 2008 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): Alina Feodorova, James Fraser, Laura Wilson,
Derrick Ward and Natalia Urbanowicz.

photo of 2008 Spring TMO interns

Spring 2008 TMO fellowship interns (from left to right): April Arellano, Jack Yang
and Mariel De La Garza (not pictured: Lauren Carlson)


Photo of 2007 Fall interns

2007 Fall TMO interns (left to right): Kash Sarkaria, Christy Cox and Mayleen Granato
(Not pictured: Divya Reddi)


Photo of summer 2007 interns

2007 Summer TMO interns
(left to right) standing: Brent Greubel, Fabian Vela
seated: Olivia Holland, Ruth Aguirre


Photo of Spring 2007 TMO interns

2007 Spring TMO interns
standing: Harold King
seated (left to right): Chelsey Green, Allison Ullrich
(not pictured: Christina Brehm)