Our Emerging Talent Associate Program (ETA) is a paid opportunity designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain real world experience in the music industry. This multidimension, hands-on associateship begins by matching students to specific departments across our companies, based on their interests, for a semester-long experience. ETA is offered during the Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters.

Upon joining our team, associates are fully immersed in the day-to day activities of their assigned departments. They will participate in strategic meetings, help solve key business issues, network with our senior leadership and offer their ideas and perspectives in order to further our global success. In addition to gaining unparalleled industry experience, working as an Emerging Talent Associate ensures that you will obtain access to incredible development opportunities, including professional development workshops, and a semester-long project where they can showcase their learnings to key partners in the business.

program overview

Program Requirements

Our Emerging Talent Associate Program Is open to students currently enrolled in the United States, and is offered in our Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and New York offices.

For consideration, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year, accredited college or university in the United States
  • Be a Junior, Senior or Graduate Level Student
  • Have completed as least two previous internships in the music, media or entertainment industry
  • Commit to at least 20 hours during the respective session (up to 29 hours per week during the summer)
  • Be passionate and knowledgeable about the music industry

Departments of Interest

Our associateship opportunities vary by semester and location. Prospective ETA Departments can be:

A&R/Latin A&R; Business Development; Commerce; Content Creation & Production; Corporate Communications; Creative Services; Data & Research Analytics; Digital & Account Management; Digital & Social Media; Fan Engagement & Innovation; Finance; Global Technology; Legal & Business Affairs; Licensing (Quoting/Administrative); Marketing & Sales; Merchandise Production; Synch Licensing/Latin Synch Talent Acquisition (HR)

Participating Businesses

Atlantic Records
Nashville Center of Excellence (COE)
Rhino Entertainment
Visual Media Licensing
Warner Chappell Music
Warner Chappell Production Music
WMG Corporate
Warner Music Nashville (WMN)
Warner Records (WR)
Warner Music Latina (WML)

Candidate Application Process

  1. Connect with us through events virtually and via LinkedIn! You can apply for available opportunities here.
  2. Complete a video interview explaining your background and interest in our program.
  3. Interview with an industry professional in one of your top departments of interest. Ask questions!

When to Apply

  • Spring applications open September – November
  • Summer applications open March – May
  • Fall applications open June – August

I had two internships at WMG – both in A&R. I learned so much about what to look for in a song, what differentiates a good artist from a great artist, and the best ways to search for undiscovered talent.

Joey A.

I would recommend an internship at WMG to anyone who is thinking about entering the music industry, entertainment industry, or simply testing the waters. It’s a great place to learn comfortably and solidify whether it’s something for you and your future.

Adriana B.

In the initial interview with my supervisor, I knew there was something special about WMG. We had such an educated conversation about hip-hop while respecting each other’s tastes and opinions. I knew I was in the right environment.

Emily A.

Last summer as a promotions intern with ADA, and most recently as a College Marketing Representative, I have had countless opportunities to meet executives, attend album releases, host promotional events, and provide marketing feedback to labels.

Stephanie C.

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