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Sara Gruber

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Other Major: Legal Studies Emphasis
Minor: Business
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this enrichment experience while I was searching for internships online. I was looking for opportunities on websites like LinkedIn and Indeed and I was having a pretty hard time finding one that seemed like something that I could see myself doing and enjoying. I finally found an internship that I knew I would love with Sony Music. I applied online and then emailed the head of the department with my application and resume. I knew my application would be automatically sent to Human Resources, but I wanted the head of the department to know my name by the time she got my application. Upon securing an interview, I spoke to high ranking associates from two other departments. All of the conversations I had with employees helped me to secure my summer internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship experience with Sony Music has truly been incredible. My specific internship position is located within the Copyright Department in the New York City office. Everyday that I come into the office I learn something new, but I am currently learning about how music changes from having a copyright license to becoming public domain. Because I am the only intern for the Copyright Department, I am given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with so many people within the division. The people I meet with are so patient with my questions and eager to tell me about what they do. The entire Copyright Department at Sony Music has helped to increase the impact that my internship has had on me!

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship experience has impacted me academically by exposing me to a completely new industry that I would have never been introduced to without this opportunity. My internship is very fast paced and requires me to do a lot of outside research so that I can better understand the assignments I am given. Taking the time do some some extra research has truly expanded my realm of knowledge. This experience is an exceptional form of education because it is not found within the typical classroom.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My future goals include completing my undergraduate degree at Penn State, attending a law school to get my Juris Doctor degree, and then to work for a company in an entertainment industry as an attorney. My current internship experience impacted my career goals in a positive way by giving me a jump start in the industry. The experience also impacted my goals by solidifying my plans to enter the entertainment industry as an attorney. Before my internship started I didn’t know what type of industry I wanted to work in, but now I am confident in my decision and I am very happy about my choice.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to students within the College of the Liberal Arts. This internship would be beneficial to any student because of how interactive and impactful it has been. Learning from current employees and experiencing what a typical day within an actual workplace environment is like has taught me more than the average classroom ever could.

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