Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Summer 2017

Position: Intern
Student: Sociology Junior

This summer, I have been an intern at FANS.COM, an online social media forum where music lovers can talk about their favorite artists and share their concert experiences. It is a very small office, with one full time employee and four interns.  Of the four interns, two (including myself) are social media interns, one intern is involved with music festivals, and the other is responsible for the graphics on the FANS.COM website. It is a very informal work environment, with a relaxed dress code.  As we are all music lovers, there is always music on in the background.

I rarely had a “typical” day at my internship, and that is what made it so interesting. My hours at FANS.COM varied, but most weeks I worked from 10am – 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  However, on the days where I was responsible for interviewing fans before and after concerts at various concert venues around New York City, I might have worked a Monday or a Friday, and I started work later in the day and sometimes ended at 11:00pm.  Even though I was hired as a “social media” intern, I assisted in all areas needed at the office.  Since I had previous experience at my other internships in the music festivals division, I often found myself brainstorming with the festivals intern.

Most days at work I would scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter to find posts about music, artists and concerts.  I then initiated dialogue with the fans that posted the photos or other information to engage them and ask about their concert experiences or what motivated them to post.  It was my “job” to get fans to identify what it was that they liked or didn’t like about a specific genre of music or musical act. I really enjoyed the interaction with these music lovers. Researching social media posts might not sound like “work”, but since FANS.COM is really all about how music lovers’ passions and how they get the word out through social media, the work that I did was integral to the success of the company. 

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