First year BIMM Berlin Songwriting student, Dorin Ben David, discusses her work placement with the Young Euro Classic Festival, navigating the industry and the challenges involved in being an intern in Berlin.
Can you tell us a little more about your internship?
I’m working as a trainee for Minz GmbH – an international communications agency that manages cultural, political and business events. Specifically I’m in the Marketing and Communications department of an annual classical music festival called Young Euro Classic. The festival brings 19 orchestras from all over the world to play in the Konzerthaus in Berlin this summer. The tasks I do on a daily basis vary from working on the website and designing with Photoshop, to finding partners and blogs for promotion. Right now we’re creating raffles and looking for exciting prizes for our participants to win.
How did you find out about the opportunity?
Through BIMM’s newsletter! Sometimes it includes job offers which you wouldn’t find as easily yourself, so it’s really worth checking.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of your work placement?
Before I came to Berlin, I worked in television and was more of a video editor, so the tasks at this new job have been different. At first I had to learn a lot about the web and marketing, but I was always interested in these areas anyway, so it felt right, and I’m grateful for all the skills I’ve gained.
Do you think this is an area of the industry you’d like to explore more in the future? Why?
Definitely. I’m happy to be working in this area for a music festival and would like to take it to the next step and work at a label. That’s why it’s a good thing that we have business-oriented modules, such as Artist Development, because you definitely cover the administrative work behind the music and it gives us the opportunity to work in roles other than just as a musician.