Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Intership Opportunity for Students Interested in Music and Technology

Friends and Music Educators, 

I recieved this note recently from an alum of NCSSM, Doug Whitfield, that is working on starting a 501(c)(3) with lawyer Nicholas Clark in the Washington, DC area that helps fund educational and journalistic materials through an umbrella organization. Currently he works with a few websites that are planning on joining, two of which specifically deal with music, the Music Manumit Podcast and the Music Manumit Lawcast. It is for these two organizations that he is looking for an intern.
Please see the information below and feel free to make contact with Doug if you think you have an interested student.  This can be a high school or college student and they need not live in the same region as the leadership.
I hope that this finds some interest!

WHAT THE STUDENT GETS: Valuable experience using an audio editor, such as audacity. Project management skills. Depending on knowledge and desire, potentially practical software development skills (I'm happy to talk more about what we might want here). Access to our truly global* network of musicians, netlabels, professors, journalists, lawyers and activists. Access to professional bloggers/podcasters such as Jeffrey Powers.

*our most recent guest was from South Korea, but we've had guests from Italy, Germany, Poland, Sweden, France, Indonesia, Switzerland, Argentina, Spain, England and Australia. On Saturday our guest is from South Africa and we have plans to speak with lawyers in Japan and Canada in the next month.

WHAT THE ORGANIZATION GETS: Well, that depends on the student. Here's what we're looking for:
An intern interested in music would be putting together our music shows in blogger and searching out great new bands releasing under remixable Creative Commons licenses. We would also have an intern interested in music help with booking bands for interviews. We have long talked about putting a live show together and that is something we may finally be able to do if we have a capable intern willing to help out with booking.

An intern interested in social media/advertising would maintain our facebook and Google Plus pages. We would likely also start a dedicated twitter account. Right now, I am just using my personal twitter account because there is too much to keep track of otherwise.

An intern interested in technology would be helping us write a script to take banshee (a Linux media player written in the mono language) playlists and get them into blogger in the most efficient way possible. This is going to take some serious regular expression manipulation. My master's degree is in information science and I could easily speak more about the requirements for this project. We also have some projects lined up for the SIP telephony protocol. 

An intern interested in law would do legal research on the Creative Commons license. This is likely where Nicholas and I can provide the most to an intern.

Thank you,
Doug Whitfield
Executive Director, Netizen Empowerment Federation

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