Learning the Inner-workings of TPMS: Hugh’s Summer Internship Experience

Hi, my name is Hugh and as all formal introduction begins, here is a short list of my credentials: I am a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an alumni of the People’s Music School and currently, an intern at the People’s Music School.I’ve never written a blog before, and as a student studying engineering and the sciences, I’ve been surrounded by numbers and equations for the last year without a lick of writing, so please bear with me, I’ll get better at this!

I guess first and foremost, I should explain how I got here as an intern for TPMS. At the end of my second semester, I realized it would be my first summer in years where I wouldn’t be taking a summer class and so I began to look for a summer research internship. As a freshman, this proved to be significantly harder than anticipated. Most researchers directly correlate the word ‘freshman’ with ‘inexperienced’. Luckily, with some luck, perseverance and a bit of being a nuisance, I was able to land two opportunities to conduct research (not to mention an email inventory cluttered with sent emails and rejection letters). As I began to speak with the project leads about my position, a conversation about my age arose; unfortunately for me, the only thing worse than being a freshman when looking for an internship is being an underage freshman, 17 to be exact. With the positions being full-time jobs, I found myself out of a summer internship.

A few weeks later, I got an email from Lily asking about my summer plans, where I was able to reply in a very short email. Luckily for me, Lily and Jennifer offered me a summer internship building on the skill-sets that I wanted to enhance through an internship – research and analytics. Since I was 5, TPMS has always been there to save the day, and to my appreciation, they certainly have not stopped. As an intern at TPMS, I have been working on gathering and researching information on the benefits of music education and more recently, I have been analyzing data from a software pilot program and looking to move the pilot program forward. If any alumni or future alumni reads this, consider coming back to intern, you get to see familiar faces, work with interesting material and meet interesting people.

Thanks for reading!

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