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.
To apply, please e-mail your resume, application and cover letter to internship [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 interns often qualify for college credit with instructor approval**
The internship 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 interns 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 internships 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. Interns work closely with the TMO staff in assisting with these online publications.
Getting started in the Texas music business isn't easy. TMO internships 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:
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.