International Career Center

Your Career

The mission of the International Career Center (ICC) is to provide expert guidance, cutting-edge resources, and professional development experiences to help our diverse body of students achieve their career goals. Rather than acting as a one-time job link, our overall focus is on career management. We help you access available resources and activities and apply them to your career path.

While on campus all students get to experience, along with the academic program, a set of group workshops, one-on-one advising appointments, company presentations, performance opportunities, and other career related activities that will enhance their professional profile.

Craft Your Career Plan

Planning one’s career is essential for a successful professional outcome. The ICC works side by side with students on campus to help develop attainable goals throughout the year.

Sharpen Your Professional Skills

The ICC provides workshops featuring the tools and skills needed to improve students’ professional profiles, both online and offline. Our main objective is to equip students during their time at Berklee with a confident grasp on self management.

Meet the Industry

Students will be exposed to numerous opportunities within the industry, both on and off campus. The ICC helps to maximize those encounters with an eye towards strengthening their professional network.

From Student to Professional

As a student you decide how much time you want to dedicate to prepare for your career and how intensively you will work towards securing your dream job. Berklee graduate alumni are working in more than 40 different countries on five continents. Scroll over the map to see highlighted companies where some of them work.

What Employers Say About Recruiting Berklee Students

 

What We Offer

The transition from being a student to becoming a music professional is fraught with uncertainty. To help with this transition, the ICC works with you, the student, to discover, define, develop, and distinguish yourself as a music professional. For example, more than 80 percent of the students who use the ICC’s services feel more prepared to enter the music industry upon completion of their graduate program.


Watch the ICC's video to get an overview of what we offer.

Career Advising

The ICC staff provides one-on-one career guidance to help you on your career path. At a personal development meeting, held with each student throughout the year, the ICC can help guide you in your search for an international career path that aligns with your professional goals.

Career Seminars and Workshops

Every academic year, the ICC hosts more than 25 events to promote the advancement of your career in music, including presentations from industry professionals, and workshops.

Seminar and workshop topics include:

  • resume and portfolio preparation;
  • interview strategies;
  • publicity and promotion;
  • presentations and public speaking;
  • networking; and
  • social media and digital strategy.

Career Resources

The ICC has many resources available to help with your job search process. Resources include Berklee Career Manager, online periodicals, subscription-based reference directories, and materials created by the ICC, to name a few.

Mentorship Programs

There are several ways that students can seek mentorship through the International Career Center. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring sessions that are held throughout the year with visiting professionals and the mentoring and music feedback sessions held during the Global Career Summit, there are three programs specifically designed to curate mentorship.

These programs include the Junior Mentorship program, designed to help First Year Abroad students in their transition to the Boston campus, the 6-Month Mentorship program, an extended series of sessions between select current students and high profile Berklee alumni, and the Valencia Alumni Ambassador program, in which students are able to connect online with more than thirty Valencia campus alumni around the world.

Berklee Career Manager

Berklee Career Manager is our online portal where students and alumni access career-related resources, and our job and gig board. Watch the video below for an overview of the Berklee Career Manager.

LinkedIn

linkedinjobs-logoMusic-related jobs are on the rise on LinkedIn, giving entertainment professionals increased exposure and opportunities on the world’s largest professional network. By using LinkedIn’s Job Search tool, you will find jobs relevant to your profile, and you can filter your search by company, location, or industry (such as music jobs in your area). You will also be able to see who in your network is connected to a company with an open position and you can research companies before applying. With the ICC, you will learn more about how to create an ideal LinkedIn profile and how to optimize your job search.

European Conferences, Fairs, and Festivals

Succeeding in the music industry is all about building your professional network and connecting with high-performing peers and people in the industry. Berklee faculty and staff attend a selection of these events, and in some cases the ICC arranges meet-ups for students with industry leaders to discuss latest trends, give their personal career advice, and to network.

All conference participation and attendance is optional and students make all the arrangements to attend on their own. In some cases, students may be able to access special offers and student discounts through Berklee.

Soundtrack Cologne (Cologne, Germany)

SoundTrack Cologne is the German festival of music and sound in film and the media. Since its inception, with its congress as well as festival program, SoundTrack Cologne has developed into the leading European platform for music in film and the media.

12 Points Festival (Alternating European Cities)

"12 Points showcases young, creative and ambitious artists in jazz and related music from all points on the continent. Our mission is to assist and promote these emerging artists, bringing their music to new audiences."

Future Music Forum (Barcelona, Spain)

An annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today's digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.

Fimucite (Tenerife, Spain)

FIMUCITÉ is the Tenerife International Film Music Festival held in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). Every summer, since 2007, Tenerife becomes the main city of Film Music in the world for a week.

World Soundtrack Awards and Film Fest Gent (Ghent, Belgium)

Film Fest Gent was established in 1974 as a student's film festival, and has since developed into one of Europe's most prominent film events. Every year in October, the festival presents some 100 features and 30 shorts from all across the world. A range of different film programs are showcased, attracting over 130,000 viewers each year.

ADE (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

"Amsterdam Dance Event is a combination conference and club music festival centered around the many subgenres inside of the Electronic Dance Music scene from around the world. ADE's multiple conference tracks offer the ultimate annual business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, featuring dedicated programming for business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. In 2016 the conference welcomed 550 speakers and 7000 delegates."

WOMEX (Alternating European Countries)

WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.

BIME (Bilbao, Spain)

BIME PRO is the first European fair dedicated to the music and digital industry, it explores new ways of income and collaboration through new technologies, video games and marketing. A three-day program full of activities, lectures, networking, and special events.

BIME Pro connects national and international professionals, updates their knowledge and explores new business models through digital industries.

It is also the first European fair focused on the Latin American music industry, inviting top leaders of their industry.

Loop (Berlin, Germany)

"Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow."

Slush (Helsinki, Finland)

"Slush is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. The very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community. Slush has grown from a 300 person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward."

Musikmesse (Frankfurt, Germany)

Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main is the world’s most important fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing.

This highlight for the sector covers all parts of the musical-instrument sector, from classical instruments, acoustic and electric guitars and bases, brass and woodwind instruments, percussion and keyboard instruments to electronic equipment and hardware and software.

Additionally, important publishing companies from all genres, from classic to jazz, rock and pop, present their products at Musikmesse.

The Great Escape UK (Brighton, UK)

"The Great Escape (TGE) is a new music festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world. Over 400 up and coming bands play in 35 Brighton venues, accessible on one wristband. It’s the first place to discover your new favorite band and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages."

International Music Summit (Ibiza, Spain)

IMS Ibiza is a comprehensive three-day event featuring live seminars and debates amongst the leaders of the international music community. Through keynotes, interviews, panels and technology master classes, our industry network comes together for thoughtful discussion about the direction and future of electronic music. The IMS Business Report, which has become the industry’s leading data study, is also presented at IMS Ibiza for a global snapshot of vital statistics about the industry. The event has become a major source of industry deals, press launches and is a talking point for worldwide media. Major brands like Corona, Pioneer, Nokia and Coca Cola have used IMS as a platform to launch important initiatives in the electronic music space.

Film Music Festival (FMF) (Krakow, Poland)

The Film Music Festival in Krakow (FMF), organized by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. Performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world, the festival provides a unique concert experience by setting it to live screenings of the world’s most spectacular films, well-known for their dazzling cinematography, top-class direction, enthralling plots, and emotive acting.

Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention (Alternating European Cities)

"The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research."

Midem (Cannes, France)

"Midem is the leading international business event for the music ecosystem where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talents come together."

Sónar (Barcelona, Spain)

Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It's first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music's newest trends.

International Music Summit College (Malta)

IMS College – Malta aims to bring together the next generation of bright industry minds for an intensive 360-degree learning experience to give a new wave of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their careers. IMS College -Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions paired with nightlife and performances scheduled throughout the weekend.

Mosma (Malaga, Spain)

MOSMA is an event dedicated to audiovisual music, an artistic discipline that is part of our daily life through series, video games and, of course, in the big screen, the cinema. MOSMA seeks to be an international meeting point for established composers and young talents, and also aims to promote meetings and work spaces through tutorials involving professionals from the sector: producers, agents, composers, musicians and students or interested entrepreneurs.

Performance Opportunities

Throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to perform on- and off-campus to perfect stage presence, develop self-confidence, and master all areas of live production.

Internships

If you are a graduate program student and you have secured an internship, you have the option to enroll in a graduate internship course. This course provides you with an opportunity to integrate your professional and academic experience through the internship.

All graduate students can intern in either Spain, US or any other country where they can legally work by enrolling in the graduate internship program. A graduate internship in the U.S. will be kick-started with a three-day Internship and Career Seminar at Berklee’s campus in Boston with career development workshops and clinics, including presentations from industry professionals. The seminar is open to all Berklee students and recent alumni to support the launch of their career. Watch the video below to hear from alumni who enrolled in this program.

Undergraduate students can see internship courses and options available to them here. The ICC is able to provide additional support for students in this process.

 

What Alumni Say About Their Internship Experience

Berklee Global Career Summit

The Berklee Global Career Summit is a three-day bootcamp (January 14-16, 2020) that focuses on professional development and careers paths through a series of keynotes, panels, workshops, and individual mentoring sessions. Visiting experts and thought leaders from various professional backgrounds will guide you through today’s multifaceted global music industry.


 

The sessions are focused on providing you with practical knowledge that will support your transition from student to professional, mainly in the areas of business, film scoring, production, and songwriting. This is your chance to learn about the latest innovations and get real-world advice that can help you succeed in your professional career. Discounts are available to Berklee Online students and Berklee alumni.


 

The program includes the following activities:

  • Full access to all keynotes and talks with 20+ industry experts
  • One individual mentoring session with an industry expert
  • Access to 15 hands-on career workshops at the basic, advanced, and expert levels
  • Open recording sessions with renowned producers
  • Mixers with speakers and Valencia campus students, staff, and faculty
  • Eligibility to apply to perform at the Berklee Showcase concert, with select artists receiving feedback from industry experts

Read about one of the previous summits here.

Careers in Music

Getting a degree at Berklee will advance your skills in your specialized field while also giving you the flexibility to pursue a fulfilling career in line with your background and interests.

In a world where the entertainment and arts industries are constantly evolving and innovating with new technologies, you want to make sure your skills will enable you to adapt.

With a Berklee degree, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of careers and professional outcomes, including—but not limited to—opportunities within the fields below.

Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration)

Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business

"I was able to improve my dexterity in subjects I am really interested in, from academic courses such as finance and data analytics to interpersonal skills and networking, what has led me to my current internship at Red Bull"

Artur Castro
M.A. '18
Global Entertainment and Music Business

Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation

"I am very proud that in 11 months I’ve been able to learn and create so much. At Berklee, we learn to develop ourselves beyond what we could imagine ourselves to be."

Phui Kuan Kok
M.M. '18
Music Production, Technology, and Innovation

Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games

"Berklee boasts state-of-the-art facilities, hosted by an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated team of faculty and staff. There is no better environment in which to learn the wide variety of real-world skills required to embark upon a career in scoring for film, television, and video games."

David Faleris
M.M. '16
Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games

For Alumni

From the ICC, engagement with the alumni community is a priority. We aim to develop and foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and its alumni body through educational opportunities, career services, gatherings, and benefits that will boost your professional and personal pursuits. As one of our alumni, you are an ambassador of the college and a generous supporter of what we do. Thank you for being a part of this unique community.

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Please provide your current contact information so we can keep you in the loop about news, events, and general Berklee happenings. We also invite you to share news and announcements about your post-Berklee life, and you could be featured in the Alumnotes section of our alumni magazine, Berklee Today.

Alumni Benefits

Exclusive Access to Job Opportunities
You will continue to have access to Berklee Career Manager and you can still have individual meetings with us at the ICC or online. And please stay in touch! We would love to hear how you're doing, what's shaking in your career, and we would be happy to help you with your future career challenges.

Unique Alumni Discounts for Conferences and Festivals
Throughout the year, many professional opportunities are offered to the Berklee alumni community, including discounts for industry conferences, festivals, travel, and accommodation. Stay tuned to get your special pass to great opportunities brought to you throughout the year.

Lifelong Learning
Berklee Online offers alumni a 20 percent discount on award-winning online courses. So, no matter where you are, Berklee can continue to help you learn and grow.

Berklee’s alumni community is 50,000 strong, and we look forward to helping you continue your relationships with each other and the college.

Alumni Events

As alumni, you will receive the monthly alumni newsletter from the Alumni Affairs Office, including information on all the alumni events Berklee offers. There are more than 50 alumni events in the U.S. and more than 10 in the rest of the world. See a list of alumni events here.

The ICC is dedicated to providing networking and professional development opportunities for the alumni community, in person and online. If you have specific ideas for events, contact internationalcareers@berklee.edu.

Alumni Community on Social Media

Nothing is more important for Berklee alumni than being a part of our vibrant community. Through events, social media, newsletters, and other resources, we strive to help you, our alumni, stay connected to the college and to each other, no matter where you live.

We invite all graduates of Berklee’s campus in Valencia to stay connected through our Berklee Valencia Campus Alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Facebook Alumni Groups

For Employers

Berklee College of Music’s mission is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in the music industry. With a commitment to quality and maintaining contemporary music leadership, Berklee is the world's singular learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow, attracting and producing the best and the brightest new talent for the global music industry.

The ICC at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain offers a professional collaborative service to any music industry partner to place graduate program students within their company. The ICC acknowledges the unique needs of the music industry, and will work with partnering companies in the process of recruiting students.

Why Select a Berklee Graduate Program Student

Berklee selects the most diverse and globally minded graduate program students within the international community to partake in our new and innovative one-year graduate programs. Berklee’s students represent new and important sources of music, technology, and business talent for your organization.

How do I recruit Berklee graduate program students?

The ICC is available throughout the year to receive or assist in creating jobs, internships, and gig opportunities, which will be directly and exclusively shared with our master’s degree students.

Whether you need a marketing intern, a full-time business manager, an audio engineer, a composer, a band, or anything in between, the Berklee Career Manager is an invaluable resource to help you find the talent your organization needs. Recruiting in partnership with Berklee College of Music provides not only an additional creative resource, but also the ICC support network, which is dedicated to assisting the entire recruiting process.

Berklee Career Manager

The ICC is able to provide flexible and tailored recruitment services in line with today’s business requirements. We look forward to developing partnerships and helping your company meet its music recruitment needs.

How does a Berklee internship work?

Berklee graduate students are available for internships after July. Our students are well prepared, motivated, and ready to add value to your organization. Internships are a fundamental part of our graduate program, and are designed to culminate in real-world experiences that benefit both the employer and the student. The internship should have a minimum duration of 100 hours, and cover important educational requirements needed for awarding final credits.

The ICC team provides advice and assistance to company recruiters throughout the selection process. We are committed to working closely with you to find the most appropriate recruiting approach, matching your organization’s own requirements.

What Industry Leaders Are Saying

 

Live Nation, Spain

“The experience with Jaime was very rewarding. The marketing department is benefitting from the results of his labor. A lot of credit goes to Jaime in his attitude and determination in diligently pursuing his tasks. His enthusiasm made it very easy to direct him and channel his efforts, which meant that the research he did, was more focused and therefore more useful.”

Don’t Believe The Hype, France

“The most valuable aspects of this internship were the fact that the student’s English was very high, allowing him to handle professional discussions about music business matters combined with the fact that the student had a deep understanding of the music business and good comprehension of the web ecosystem (promotion, social media, marketing…)”

San Francisco Opera, United States

“Jessamyn was very sharp and eager to learn all she could about what we do in the Electronic Media Department at the SF Opera. Her classes helped her pick up on the processes of distribution and business within the scope of what we do very quickly. She had a very positive attitude and it was a pleasure having her here with us.”

MusicDish, United States/China

“We felt comfortable giving her more responsibility than the typical intern, which lead to Sally playing a key role in booking a tour in China.”

Contact

The ICC provides a range of services to help companies fulfill their recruiting objectives. For more information, email internationalcareers@berklee.edu.

Download the brochure below to see more information on recruiting Berklee graduate students.

Download the ICC Brochure

FAQs

Q: Can you tell me about how many alumni get careers within the music field?

The data we have from past years indicates that approximately 90 percent of alumni work in the music industry. Berklee master’s degree alumni are working in more than 40 different countries on five continents.

Q: Who are some of the outside guests at ICC activities?

The ICC welcomes industry professionals to participate in workshops, panels, and offer one-on-one mentoring throughout the year. In order to offer the most current resources to students, guest speakers change from year to year. Recent profiles include CEOs and founders of entertainment and music publishing companies, award-winning music producers, film directors, tour managers, trailblazing music educators, and Grammy award-winning musicians and performers.

Q: What are some examples and topics of the workshops organized by the ICC?

The ICC workshops cover a wide range of topics so as to best appeal to the entire student body. Past workshop topics include time management, how to start your website, the best ways to market your release, and a Q&A with an artistic director, among others.

Q: Will the ICC help me find gig opportunities in Valencia and elsewhere in Spain (i.e., in Barcelona or Madrid, at festivals, and so on)?

The ICC is a great resource for learning about venues in Valencia that like to hire Berklee talent. In addition to providing this information, we can also offer guidance about the types of terms and conditions under which you should be working.

Q: Can I work in Europe after graduation if I am not from Europe?

The rules and bylaws regarding employment vary from country to country. If you are interested in working in Europe after graduation, we recommend that you make an appointment, and we can discuss your options in person.

Q: Can the ICC put me in touch with alumni?

We have a group of Valencia alumni ambassadors with whom we can put you in touch. If you would like to talk with other alumni, we will show you how you can reach out yourself.

Q: Do I need to inform the ICC if I find an internship or job?

If you secure an internship, we require you to tell us about it through the Berklee Career Manager in order to obtain college credit. For jobs, we are happy to receive this information, but it is not required.

Q: Will the ICC find an internship for me?

Given the numerous career profiles and countries represented on campus, the ICC is not responsible for finding an internship for you. All of the internships will be viewable on the Berklee Career Manager to give equal opportunity to all students. Once you have secured an internship, we may be able to provide assistance by providing visa information and/or ironing out other details.

Q: Is there a database of internships and job offers that students can access?

Yes; visit the Berklee Career Manager and look under the Opportunities tab to view and search for internships, gigs, and jobs to which you can apply.

Q: What kind of personalized help can I get from the ICC?

Whatever your needs may be, the ICC is here to help. For quick questions, you can visit our drop-in hours from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, or for a full 30-minute session with one of our career experts, you can make an appointment on the Berklee Career Manager.