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More than 75 percent of students at four-year colleges intern at least once before graduation. Students in the Department of Music are no exception. As a music major or minor at Linfield, you can receive academic credit for being an intern by enrolling in MUSC 487: Internship or IDST 287: Career Exploration Internship, which is offered through the Office of Career Development. Alternatively, you can choose to do an internship for no credit.

We have seen music students intern at regional orchestras and in various areas besides music, such as language, marketing and law. Here are some examples of internships students have done:

  • Intern at the Seattle Symphony
  • Publicity assistant for the Linfield College’s Communication Arts Department
  • Research assistant for Linfield College’s Department of Music
  • Market manager and intern at the International Pinot Noir Celebration
  • Intern for non-profit organizations, such as the Brookings Area Council for the Arts
  • Shadowing internship with attorney Dave Haugeberg

Quotes About Internship Experiences from Past Music Majors

Jessie Goergen, '12 (majored in Political Science and Music: Vocal Performance)
“I was able to complete two internships at Linfield. My first one was shadowing attorney Dave Haugeberg. I was able to sit in on attorney client meetings, watch the process of writing contracts, and sit in on some courtroom action. I was also able to experience the inner workings of non- profit organizations.
The second internship I had was last summer. I worked with a non-profit organization called Brookings Area Council for the Arts. I was able to gain experience in performance, production, and promotion.”

Amanda Summers, '12 (majored in Music)
“I’ve been interning for the fall 2011 semester with an interpreter (sign language) in Vancouver, Washington. It’s been great working with an interpreter one on one and observing their work. The interpreter is a Linfield graduate and majored in music, so she has wonderful advice for my current path.”

Amy Meyer, '10 (majored in Music Education)
“The Linfield Education Department has put me in the classroom from the very beginning of my college experience. I am very appreciative of this opportunity because it has helped me narrow down exactly what kind of teacher I want to become. Through Linfield, I have student taught in both McMinnville and Yamhill at the K-12 grade levels.”

Tracy Beaver, '10 (majored in Music: Performance and minored in Philosophy)
“The summer of 2008 I was a research assistant for the Chemistry department under Brian Gilbert.  While I didn’t pursue chemistry after that, I still had a blast learning and getting to do projects of my own.  The chemistry department definitely knows how to have fun.”

For more information, please contact the internship coordinator, Faun Tiedge at