Denius Grants Application Guidelines
The Wofford Denius Music Industry Internship Grants Program provides financial assistance to UT College of Communication students pursuing summer internships in the music industry anywhere in the world!
This program is open to undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the College of Communication who meet the will be returning to the College for at least the Fall 2013 semester. May 2013 and August 2013 graduates are not eligible. Students from all majors within the College are encouraged to apply.
- be eligible to be enrolled in a credit-based internship course offered by the College of Communication during the Summer 2013 semester;
- secure an internship before submitting an application;
- be in good academic standing; and
- have a faculty sponsor for their application.
Application Criteria & Grant Amount
Applications are available online. All applications must include:
- A completed application form;
- Internship position description;
- Letter/email of acceptance from the company/organization hosting you as their intern;
- Letter of recommendation from your faculty sponsor;
- Personal statement;
- A current resume; and
- Budget estimate of travel, accommodation & living expenses.
All application packets will be evaluated based on content, presentation, and interview. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $8000. Up to five (5) grants are awarded each summer to qualified applicants.
Internship Standards, Supervision & Evaluation
Internships must take place between June and August 2013 and should be eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks in length. The average intern workweek should be around 30-40 hours. Each intern must have an on-site supervisor who will be accessible to the student-intern, and the College of Communication Career Services program coordinator and Student Services Coordinator. Intern performance will be evaluated by the on-site supervisor in collaboration with the College of Communication to ensure the experiential and academic value of the internship experience. PLEASE NOTE: You must present proof that you are enrolled in a College of Communication internship course in order to receive funding.
Sample Music Industry Internship Areas
For an internship to qualify for consideration, it must be in a professional field within the music industry. Eligible professional fields include but are not limited to:
- Interactive & New Media
- Music Journalism
- Music Talent Agency
- Music TV/Video Production
- Public Relations
- Talent Management
Application Deadline & Grant Recipients Notification
Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013. Interviews with with the selection committee will take place on Friday, April 19th; not all applicants may be asked to interview. Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified. Grant awards will be announced by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 24th. Recipients will be informed via telephone and/or electronic mail.
Halfway through the summer internship, each grant recipient will be asked to submit a brief, informal update via email to the Student Services Coordinator so that we may updated our donors at The Cain Foundation on the progress of our students.
Upon completion of the internship, each grant recipient will be asked to complete (1) a brief report summarizing his/her internship experience, and (2) a summary of how the grant funding was used, including budget and actual travel, accommodation and living expenses. These reports must be completed and submitted to the Student Services Coordinator within one month of completing the internship, so that they may be forwarded to the Cain Foundation, the donors of the endowment for College of Communication students interested in pursuing careers in the music industry.
For more information, please contact the program coordinator, BMC 2.302, 512-471-9421.