At CRAS, we want to see you succeed in both the classroom and the real world. During our 11-month program, we teach you the skills you need to become an audio engineering “go-to, problem solver,” equipped to handle situations both on-set as well as in the studio. The 12-week internship is an integral part of this process.
All student internships are arranged with the aid of our Student Services Department. Each student designs their own internship according to their desired location and facility.
CRAS does not have a list of “ready internships,” however our valuable connections across the various audio engineering niches means we can usually place students in areas they request. We are unique in the audio industry in the U.S. because we make the phone calls according to the career desires of each student until they are placed. This makes it YOUR internship for a career YOU are designing!
This program gives students the opportunity to gain a real world studio perspective on what they’ve learned, increasing confidence and providing a foot in the door to an industry that has become increasingly selective when choosing prospective employees.
Audio Recording Internships provide the student with a valuable real world educational experience. Students apply practical skills and techniques in the field and develop an understanding of day-to-day facility operations and protocol through hands-on, in-studio experience.
“CRAS is the only school I’ve ever enjoyed. If I called it working it would be a lie.”
– Bailey, Class of 2011
Our internship program helps you gain a competitive edge once you’ve graduated.
The CRAS one-of-a-kind Student Services department is there to make sure your internship is designed right – just for you.
We have relationships with audio recording facilities around the country and throughout the world, and work closely with you taking location, industry specialty and more into the final decision.
I have taken on lots of interns from CRAS. I think they give the best education of any of the schools I have worked with. CRAS sends people that are ready to work and know the gear. They are good students and good people.Jim Kaufman (Owner, American Voodoo Records; Musician)
I have been taking CRAS interns since 2003, back when I was working on Pirates of the Caribbean. They are dedicated and get the job done. They are really into learning and working at the highest level of audio production.Allison Clark (Music Supervisor/Production, Seven Pin Studios)
The only interns we take are from CRAS. The program is intensive, the students have Pro Tools skills, and they rise to the occasion when given the opportunity.Kathleen Wirt (Owner, 4th Street Recording)
Our CRAS interns have been terrific. We have had over 15 in the past 2 years and we are excited to have them. We have also hired 10 – 12 CRAS graduates who have futures in this business and are very talented. My CRAS graduate employees are very key individuals in this company.Ruben Veloso (President, CCI Digital)
I take CRAS interns because of the curriculum taught, and because the placement department at CRAS really knows what I am about, what my expectations are, what gear I have, and who my clientele is. They direct to me the students who are suited for me. I have hired CRAS graduates because of their fundamental knowledge and familiarity with the equipment, which is key, as well as the professional etiquette CRAS emphasizes.Candace Stewart (Studio Manager, Formerly of Firehouse Recording Studios)
We have had a great experience with our CRAS interns. We find they come in to our facility the most “clued in.” They are responsible, they show up, they are ready to work, they are ready to learn, and in general, they have a great attitude. We are really proud of having been able to place them at various facilities around the Los Angeles area.Rob Strickland (Owner/Manager, Eldorado Recording Studios)
Internship FAQ’s & Info
- Where can I do my internship?
CRAS students work with the Student Services Department throughout the course of the program to determine what recording or audio engineering internship opportunities will be available to them after they finish classes. Each individual student’s interests, grades, and attendance will dictate what kind of internship they are eligible for. Students are able to obtain internships in cities across the country. However, we recommend students who choose a career path working in music recording studios go to cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville, New York or Chicago as they offer the highest concentration of audio jobs in the entertainment and music industry.
- How long is the internship?
Students are required to complete 280 internship hours in order to graduate. Students are allowed to complete a portion of their IN101 required hours on campus and through various internship opportunities in the Phoenix area. Following class completion, any remaining IN101 and IN201 internship hours must be fulfilled off campus within 12 weeks.
- What companies accept interns?
CRAS students have completed internships with recording studios, post production facilities, live sound companies and venues, record labels, gear manufactures, a/v companies, and many other entities in all facets of the audio industry. Some internships may require specific job skills as well.
- Does CRAS set up the internship?
Yes. We will work with you during your time on campus to develop a thorough list of audio facilities you would like to intern at in your chosen city. Once you arrive in your destination city, we will start making phone calls to see what kinds of internships are available. You need to be in the city before we make the calls!
- Where will I live during my internship?
Start planning now! The worst thing you can do while starting your career is hold yourself back from going where you want because of finances. Plan now for 6 months to a year of interning beyond the schools requirements. You may want to think about where you have family and friends. Crashing on a couch for a few months is not a bad thing! A lot of students end up going to the same cities and rooming up with each other as well.
- Can I set up my own recording internship?
No. Unless you have a personal connection in the industry, we will make the first contact. We have plenty of connections in the industry and we want you to get the gig of your dreams, but we need to make sure we maintain a professional relationship with these facilities. Every studio is different and our Student Services department is great at figuring out the best way to approach each specific studio with the idea of taking you on as an intern.
CRAS students have interned at these facilities – check out the map up above to see even more:
Los Angeles Studios
Los Angeles – Post
Los Angeles – Media/Broadcast
NBC Universal Sports Network
Music Mix Mobile
Nashville – Studios
Quad Studios Nashville
Nashville – Post
Digital Audio Post
Nashville – Live
New York City – Studios
Electric Lady Studios
Engine Room Audio
New York City – Post
Sound Image NY
San Francisco – Studios
San Francisco – Post
Chicago – Studios
Pressure Point Recording Studios
Chicago – Post
Bullet Proof Film
Audio Recording Unlimited (ARU)
Live, Touring Companies, USA
PRG (Las Vegas)
Clearwing (Phoenix and WI)