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Internships at Afropop

About Afropop Internships:

An internship with Afropop Worldwide will 100% NOT be your average “boring and mindless” internship (see the Intern testimonials below). Working with a small but extremely energetic staff, and steeped in local New York City live events (as well as close personal connections with musicians across the globe), Afropop interns experience an incredibly wide variety of music and build a valuable catalog of skills, from cultural journalism to non-profit management, cross-cultural communications to web management, and  community outreach to marketing and radio production.

Sure, there will be some copying, mail prepping, filing and archiving. But this will be more than balanced by a true leadership role. We believe in giving our interns a broad experience- and with the music of roughly 2/3 of the world to cover, there is PLENTY of space to take on your own projects.

Although all interns will get a chance to do a variety of tasks, basic foci include:

EDITORIAL

Interns will assist with producing original content (record reviews, blog posts, video playlists, interviews) for our web-magazine, as well as helping to create and format supplementary web materials to accompany our weekly radio broadcasts. This position also entails working on a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Tumblr, Mailchimp, etc.) to disseminate Afropop’s content to as wide an audience as possible, as well as to engage with our existing fans.

Writing experience in music and knowledge of African/African-Diaspora music and culture, as well as prior familiarity with social media, is preferred but not required. Excellent writing, editing, and web-research skills are absolute necessary. Interns should be able to work well with deadlines and be self-starters.  Proficiency in WordPress and some HTML familiarity is desired.

FILM

This position allows the intern to manage the production and editing of Afropop’s YouTube video series. You must be able to edit in Final Cut Pro or a comparable program. Although you don’t have to be an expert, you need a rudimentary grasp (and a willingness to learn more) of any of the following: Working with venues and artists to secure permissions, experience in pre-production, proper camera white-balance and operation.

Film interns will need to to have good interviewing skills, be effective at capturing broadcast-quality (TV/Radio) sound, and have an interest in the Afropop music scene in NYC. Help us add to our growing roster of multimedia products while you add to your reel!

DEVELOPMENT

This position is excellent for anyone interested in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization. The development intern will work closely with our director of fundraising to regularly conduct research and relationship maintenance on potential donors, sponsors, and foundations that can help support Afropop Worldwide. This person will learn how to manage our donor database, process incoming donations, draft thank you letters, campaign appeals, and letters of inquiry to donors, potential donors, corporations and foundations. The intern will also play a role in events management and grant writing for the organization.

Praise for Internships at Afropop Worldwide:

“The internship gave me freedom to study and write about the wealth of music and artists that I discovered, to learn the technical skills of website management and radio production…My work at Afropop was always stimulating, even general “office” tasks, which consumed very little, if any, of my workday, were fun in the laid back environment of the office. Despite how relaxed the office was, Afropop maintained an impeccably high level of professionalism. Sean and Banning always took my writing seriously and gave me invaluable feedback and constructive criticism. The internship also allowed me to hear incredible music and artists live that I never knew existed.” –Miller Nuttle, Wesleyan ‘10

“At Afropop Worldwide you get to do it all. Prior to this internship, I interned at several major labels were I had little diversity in my assigned tasks. Upon starting at Afropop, I was given the opportunity to learn and manage several projects once I became comfortable. I got the chance to do everything from fundraising for the company to updating the majority of the webpages to managing the street team. If you’re searching for an internship that will enhance and grow your current skill set, you should definitely consider Afropop Worldwide. Plus you get to listen and learn about wonderful, dynamic music to which you may have not otherwise been exposed.” –RaShonda Reeves, NYU, M.A.’08, Howard University, B.A. ‘06

About YOU: · Hard-working, energetic, able to work independently. · Strong interpersonal and communication skills. · Microsoft Office Expertise and Internet Experience. · Able to work at least 20 hours/week · Passion for music a necessity (not much point in working at Afropop if you DON’T like music)· HTML/Web publishing a plus · Language skills a plus (French, Spanish, Portuguese) · Must have strong references.

How to Apply: Please send a detailed cover letter (specify WHY you think you’d be a good fit) and resumé to

Sam@afropop.org

World Music Productions, Unit 58, 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11232

Afropop Worldwide is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color are encouraged to apply.