[This is a Post-It note that my supervisor, Daoud, has tacked to his work area.] I have to admit, there wasn’t one specific thing I did to differentiate myself in the application process. I’m just really dedicated to bettering myself. In this instance, I made myself better by gaining music writing experience, racking up internship experience, furthering my education, building a strong online presence, etc. There are so many ways to improve yourself; you don’t have to do exactly what I did. On top of that, I sold the hell out of myself through my cover letter and statement of interest. Many people get cut from the process because of lackluster applications. If you’re passionate about wanting to be here, EXPRESS YOURSELF. And good luck! -@outfoxxed
Gearing up for (possibly- you never know around here!) the final Tiny Desk of the year with Sofia Rey. It’s been an incredible semester here at the mothership in DC, and I’m thankful I got to see so many great performances. -@alexschelldorf (at NPR Music Tiny Desk)
Good morning! Kiana (@outfoxxed) and I are participating in another meeting for some of our end of the year lists. What was your favorite album this year? And song? -@alexschelldorf (at NPR News Headquarters)
A couple weeks ago, Kiana (@outfoxxed) and I participated in the #AskNPRInterns Twitter chat. The number one question we were asked about becoming an @NPRMusic intern was: “How can I make myself stand out from other applicants?” The best answer I have is pictured here. This year, I’ve been writing about a different album every day for my project, One Record Per Day (www.onerecordperday.com). Today is day 339. It’s been an exhausting process, but serves as a tangible example of something I’ve done that I was able to present in the interview process: the intersection of writing (which I love) and music (which I kind of like, I GUESS - jury’s still out). Previous All Songs interns have put together benefit shows/local music festivals or have been a music director DJ on their college’s radio station.
NPR looks for motivated, passionate individuals who have a blog and/or personal website, published clips, album or show reviews, etc., to demonstrate their zeal for music. Internships for summer ’14 will be live near the end of the spring semester, so if you’re looking for something to get the proverbial leg up on the competition, you’ve got some time. Be creative, but more importantly: be yourself.
Look out later for what made Kiana stand out as an applicant. -@alexschelldorf
Also pictured: this dope microphone sponge. I haven’t used it though. Just sayin’.
ALSO: Beck’s ‘Sea Change’ is excellent. Listen to it. (at NPR Music)
If you’ve ever seen a Tiny Desk Concert, surely you’ve noticed the shelves that live behind Bob Boilen’s workspace. Amid the hundreds of CDs and countless trinkets/tchotchkes rests this priceless piece of NPR swag: the Carl Kasell pillow. Should you desire to cuddle up next to or - dare I say it - sleep (and surely, drool) on Carl’s face, it’ll cost you up to $25 whole dollars. But right now it’s on sale in our shop for $12.50. How could you beat that deal? Bring the illustrious scorekeeper of Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me! and 5th floor icon home to your family today. -@alexschelldorf (at NPR Music Tiny Desk)
Let us not forget about the inimitable Becky Harlan (@thefullharlan), @nprmusic’s video intern! She has the awesome job of helping shoot video of #tinydesk concerts, live concerts and field recordings. She helps edit some of those, and exports, encodes and uploads them to the Internet. Becky also drinks copious amounts of the free coffee and hot chocolate that NPR foolishly and/or graciously provides for its employees. -@outfoxxed
Like Kiana (@outfoxxed), I have a morning roundup that includes meetings and such. The fun part of the routine, though: tons of mail. It’s like Christmas every day here. And these boxes are just one day’s worth, not to mention hundreds of emails. In the mail, though, music discovery awaits. My taste and appreciation has greatly expanded in my time here @NPRMusic. -@alexschelldorf (at NPR Music Tiny Desk)