Texas Music Office Internship Program

The Texas Music Office offers internships every four months to two students. Since opening in January 1990, more than 300 students from 23 colleges successfully completed the TMO's internship program.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall 2019 Internships: September - December; Application Deadline: July 14.
  • Spring 2019 Internships: January - May; Application Deadline: November 15.
  • Summer 2020 Internships: June - August; Application Deadline: April 15.


To apply, please e-mail your resume, application and cover letter to music [at] gov.texas.gov (Subject: Texas Music Office Internship). 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 https://gov.texas.gov/organization/human-resources/Internships. 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 and Microsoft Access; 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 [at] gov.texas.gov.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

TMO internship graduates have gone on to work in diverse endeavors, such 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
  • 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
  • Davis McLarty Agency
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Electronic Arts (EA)
  • EMI CMG Group, Nashville
  • Chelsey Green - The Green Violinist (musician)
  • Girlie Action Media, Marketing & Management
  • Google
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Houston)
  • J. Walter Thompson Advertising (Detroit)
  • Juice Consulting
  • 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.
  • Navarre Corporation
  • New Line Cinema
  • New West Records
  • Okkervil River (band)
  • Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
  • The Orchard
  • Oriental Dreamworks
  • Paramount Recording Studio
  • Paramount Theatre (Austin)
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Repossession Records
  • Rhino Records
  • 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 Austin Performing Arts Center
  • Warner Music Group
  • Weitz & Luxenberg PC
  • 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.

Zach and AJ at Arlyn Recording Studios
Spring 2018 interns enjoying an intern field trip tour of Arlyn Recording Studios.