3 Questions Answered Series: Part IV

Throughout the month of April, CEMB Internship Coordinator, Jamie Stamey, will respond to three questions submitted by students embarking on their internship journey.  If you have any questions you would like to see answered, feel free to email Jamie at jamie.stamey@belmont.edu.

Q10: Is there a situation where it's more about "what you know" rather than "who you know" (skills, education, qualifications)?

A10: In a lot of situations, the answer is yes.  But when it comes to internships and entry level positions that require basic skills and a positive attitude, having connections is key.  When you graduate, your resume is going to look very similar to the other CEMB graduates you walk across the stage with.  So your connections will be key to getting your resume to the top of the pile or even just to learn about opportunities that are available.

Q11: If you are offered a position at more than one internship, what is the best way to decline an offer without burning that bridge?  By extending an offer, doesn't that mean that they refused someone else and were pulling for you to accept?  Won't they be upset and obviously you don't want anybody in town to be upset with you?

A11: This is an inevitable situation for most of you.  But here is the good news.  Most internship sponsors are fully aware that you are probably interviewing with multiple companies.  You will have to choose one over another, but the way you communicate your decision is what matters.  Show gratitude and humility.  Thank them profusely.  And respond to them as quickly as possible so they are not too late to get their second choice (they aren't going to decline anyone else until they've got a commitment from you).  The good thing about internships is most employers don't lose too much time or resources to conduct the process.  That's going to be different when they are hiring for full-time positions.  But remember this: NEVER ACCEPT AN INTERNSHIP AND THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND LATER ON.  Even if a "better" opportunity comes along, you have made a commitment and you need to stick with it.  That's the easiest way to burn a bridge.

Q12: Does it give you an advantage if you apply for the internship far in advance of the company's deadline?

A12: Typically, no.  Most sponsors, if they have a specific deadline for applications, probably won't even being to review applications until that deadline.  If it's an online application process, then it's probably safe to apply well in advance.  But if it's a situation where you just email the requested documents, it's very likely your email will get lost if it's too far in advance.  In that situation, apply within ample time, but follow up close to the deadline just to make sure they received your materials.


Phoenix Movement Records Seeking Volunteers

Phoenix Movement Records is currently seeking volunteers to help design and implement a creative marketing campaign. In the second week of May (two weeks from now), we will be launching an innovative viral marketing project, promoting 8 Ball Aitken’s new video. (The great thing about the timing is that you will be finished with your exams by the time we’re ready to start!) This project is fun, and invites your creativity.

We tailor our opportunities to suit the needs & abilities of our volunteers. Past projects have included guerilla/stealth/viral marketing campaigns, peer-to-peer marketing campaigns, in-person PR at music conferences & events, traditional print media-based PR campaigns, innovative multi-media PR, and just about anything that sparks your interest. You can either meet with us in person, or work 100% on-line. If you meet the benchmarks we agree upon, we are happy to be ‘hot’ (checkable) references for you.

All you need is motivation, reliability, and basic computer skills; all other skills can be learned on the job. VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ THIS: You do not have to like country music to work with us. The skills you will learn by working with us are applicable to any musical genre or marketing strategy.


Bird Jensen
Manager, 8 Ball Aitken
Email: bird@phoenixmovement.com
Phone: (615) 360 9591
PO Box 121963 Nashville TN 37212 USA



Season of overwhelmed

It is completely normal to be overwhelmed this time of year – you have finals, people asking you what you want to do with your life, figuring out housing for the summer, pressure (from me) to network, your parents telling you to get a paid job, and all the while you are attempting to enjoy spring and your last two weeks on campus.

So in the spirit of Easter, we should all stop and put everything into perspective.  Take a breather and prioritize. You can in fact get all of this done if you plan out your day well.


8-9:30am – Enjoy an amazing cup of coffee at Crema with your internship supervisor from circa 2013.  (networking and life decisions – check!)

10am – 12pm – STUDY (finals – check!)

12-1:30pm – Grab a Chic-fil-a nugget pack on the go and meet with a realtor to find a rental house to share with your 4 friends. (housing –check!)

2-5pm – STUDY (finals – check!)

5-6pm – Email 5 new contacts and set up coffee and lunch meetings for the next week. (job search and networking – check!)

6-6:15pm– Call your parents and tell them you are attending the Ryman and Opry Job Fair next week to find a paid position for the summer while you look for something permanent and spend time networking. (parents/paid job - check!)

6:30-7:30pm – Dinner with friends on a lovely patio. (social – check!)

8pm – Go see live music with friends and meet new people. (job search, networking, and social – CHECK!)

11pm – Bed.  Because my mom always told me “nothing good happens after midnight.”  (life lesson – check!)

Yes - you will accomplish all of it when faced with someone moving your stuff out of your house for you or when your teacher hands out your very last Scantron.  Everything will get done and this time will pass.  You will have done your best and that is all you can do.  Enjoy every second and appreciate the adventure.

And as always – your Curb College staff is here to support you!  Let us know if you need anything.

Happy Easter!

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3 Questions Answered Series: Part III

Throughout the month of April, CEMB Internship Coordinator, Jamie Stamey, will respond to three questions submitted by students embarking on their internship journey.  If you have any questions you would like to see answered, feel free to email Jamie at jamie.stamey@belmont.edu.

Q7: How do you convince someone interviewing you that you'd be the best for the job when you have no experience to back it up?

A7: You may not have specific experience in the entertainment industry yet, but I guarantee you 100% that you have transferrable skills that will help you be a successful intern.  And that's what you need to show your interviewer.  Talk about the things you are good at.  Think of some specific examples that illustrate your abilities (class projects, experiences from part-time jobs, etc.)  The purpose of interning is to get the experience, but don't forget your involvement in student activities and volunteer work are relevant.  In my opinion, one of the biggest things internship sponsors are looking for in interns is a personality that will mesh with their company and an attitude that shows you're willing to go the extra mile.  They can teach you some of the specific skills you'll need to perform.

Q8: Where do we go as students once we lock in an internship?

A8: The first step for Curb College students is to register for the internship course (AET, EIS, MBU or SNG 3000.)  If you have troubles registering or have any questions, you can reach out to the Internship Coordinator, Jamie.Stamey@belmont.edu. The course syllabus and initial information is typically emailed out to students about a week prior to the beginning of the new semester.

Q9: What is the time range/best time to apply for an internship?

A9: Every company creates their own timeline, so do your research on their website or on CareerConnector to see if they have some specific dates posted.  The timing of the Internship Fair is always a good signal that companies are ready to receive apps.  Otherwise, here is what I usually recommend:

  • Summer and Fall Internships: start applying around mid-March
  • Spring Internships: start applying around mid-October

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Ryman Hospitality on campus tomorrow and Wednesday!

Looking for a fun summer or yearlong job opportunity? The Grand Ole Opry & Ryman Auditorium are looking to make offers for a number of part-time positions. Interested candidates should apply online at www.rymanhp.com/careers and plan to attend the job fair being held at the Grand Ole Opry (100 Opry Mills Nashville, TN 37214) on Thursday, April 24th from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. CST. Seth Neumann, an HR representative from Ryman Hospitality Properties, will be on-campus on Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 16th from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. in the Massey Lobby to discuss the job fair and answer any questions.


Interview questions and how to tackle them! Part 1.

1.  Tell me about a time that you planned an event or a project from start to finish.

The key to this question is giving results!  Be prepared with a specific time you organized something – an event, project, marketing plan, etc. How many people were involved?  Did you manage anyone?  How many details were involved and how did you manage the details?  Tell them what you accomplished – what did you learn?  How did the event or the project turn out?

2.  What excites you about this position and what do you see as a challenge?

Honestly ask yourself why you are sitting there?  Can you visualize yourself in this role?  If not – you shouldn’t have applied.  They want to know that you understand this position specifically.  So don’t be afraid to highlight the mission of the department BUT also highlight some of the specific qualifications for this position…not your boss’s.  They want to know that you want this role and that you are going to be a positive addition to the team.  What is going to be a challenge?  This question is asked to see if you can be vulnerable to your limitations.  Are you self aware enough to see that there might be a learning curve.

3.  How would you describe yourself?

This is tough because anyone interviewing for an entry-level position feels awkward boasting about himself or herself, but they want to hear how self-aware you are and how you see yourself.   Think about the time you took StrengthsFinder and what surprised you – what did you learn from those results?  Were they accurate?  What role do you play on a team?  Are you the relationship person on a team – are you the logistics implementer?  Or are you the strategic thinker?  The company also wants to know that you will fit in well with the team and complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

 And that reminds me…you should know your strengths and weaknesses.  They will ask a version of that question, so be prepared.

Interviewing isn’t easy. It takes practice and a lot of research.

Speaking of practice – we are here to help and you can always utilize InterviewStream on the Career Services website for additional assistance.

Let us know if we can help!  Stay tuned…more interview questions to come.


Here for the summer? Don’t forget about Musician’s Corner!

They need volunteers and interns for the summer!  What a great way to be involved in the community every weekend and to meet some great industry contacts!

See this previous post for contact info.



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Q Nashville – Volunteers Needed!

Q Nashville is an event that convenes over 1,000 proven cultural leaders for conversation, reflection and action that renews culture. This one of a kind experience will challenge, frustrate and push us all toward greater debate and better solutions. Fast paced, challenging and committed to our collective growth – Q Nashville is a joint experience in working together for the common good.

 The event will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, April 23rd and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th - however, we will also need volunteer help with setup on Tuesday, April 22nd. The programming includes speakers such as Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean of Nashville, Jeremy Cowart (Photographer), David Crowder (Musician), Donald Miller (author), Gary Haugen (International Justice Mission) among many others. You can learn more about the mission, event, and list of speakers at http://qnashville.qideas.org

 Q Nashville is highly dependent on a group of volunteers who are most interested in serving alongside the Q team in order to make the gathering a reality. Food will be provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re able to sit in on portions of the event throughout volunteering. If volunteering at Q Nashville interests you, please fill out this short informational questionnaire and a teammate will contact you pronto! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QVolunteer