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Apprenticeship or Internship: What Is the Difference?


In researching the Recording, Radio and Film Connection, some students get confused as to the nature of our apprenticeships. They ask us: “Isn’t this program just like the internships offered by other schools?”

Allow us to clear up this misconception.

Many schools that teach audio engineering, radio broadcasting, film, or the culinary arts include some form of INTERNSHIP in real work places, either as part of their curriculum or after graduation. In some cases, the school arranges the internship, while in others, the school simply provides information about internship opportunities available, and leaves the footwork to you.

While there is nothing wrong with internship, it is definitely NOT a guaranteed way to get your foot in the door, and in many cases it doesn’t even provide a decent amount of real-world experience. Why? Because interns are basically errand-runners. They are the ones who go on coffee runs, sweep the floors, and do the menial tasks the pros don’t have time to do. On-the-job training may happen once in awhile, but it is usually a secondary priority. As for making connections…interns are often treated as afterthoughts, to the point that their names may not even be remembered when they leave.

By contrast, an APPRENTICE is in the work place for one primary purpose: to learn the trade. An APPRENTICE is assigned to work with a professional on-the-job, being trained one-on-one in all aspects of the trade, for the express purpose of helping that student get launched into a career. Errand-running can be a natural part of the workplace dynamic, but as an apprentice, you are not there to do chores. You are there to be taught the trade.

With our programs, every one of our students is an apprentice, NOT an intern. As our student, you will follow a structured curriculum, you will have homework and reading assignments, AND you will work one-on-one with your mentor/instructor in the day-to-day operations of the work place. Like any other school, you will not graduate the program until you complete the requirements. You would not have this kind of responsibility or experience as an intern.

Interns hope to get their foot in the door. Apprentices are escorted through the door. Interns get their applications placed on a pile with a bunch of others. Apprentices get hired.

That is the difference.


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