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Unparalleled Internship Placement Opportunities

A requirement for graduation, the CRAS internship program is the only one of its kind in audio education.

The CRAS Internship Program is the Only One of its Kind in Audio Education in the United States

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. Our 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.

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 protocols through hands-on, in-studio experience.

CRAS Students Have Interned at These Studios & Facilities:

Check out the map up below to see even more places where CRAS alumni have interned.

  • Los Angeles Studios
    East West

  • Los Angeles — Post
    CCI Digital
    Roundabout Entertainment

  • Los Angeles — Media/Broadcast
    NBC Universal Sports Network
    Music Mix Mobile

  • Nashville — Studios
    Quad Studios Nashville
    Sound Stage

  • Nashville — Post
    Digital Audio Post

  • Nashville — Live
    Sound Image
    Sound Check
    Brantley Sound

  • New York City — Studios
    Electric Lady Studios
    Premier Digital
    Engine Room Audio

  • New York City — Post
    Digit Audio
    Sound Image NY
    Sound Track

  • San Francisco — Studios
    Fantasy Studios

  • San Francisco — Post
    Crescendo Studios
    Polarity Post
    Remedy Editorial

  • Chicago — Studios
    Pressure Point Recording Studios
    Groovemaster Studio
    Paragon Recording

  • Chicago — Post
    Bullet Proof Film
    Resolution Digital
    Audio Recording Unlimited (ARU)

  • Live, Touring Companies, USA
    PRG (Las Vegas)
    8th (Cleveland)
    Clearwing (Phoenix and WI)

“I think CRAS is top notch and I see the difference in caliber of students not just on the technical side but professional!”

— Destiny Rael (Studio Manager, Firehouse Recording Studios)

“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 alumni who have futures in this business and are very talented. My CRAS alumni employees are very key individuals in this company.”

-— Ruben Veloso (President, CCI Digital)

“Omnisound Studios has benefited from CRAS students for many years now. The level of preparedness and knowledge that these student interns arrive with makes it an easy transition to getting them not only involved but plugged into the recording process here in Nashville.”

— Chris Holloway (OmniSound Studios, Nashville)

“I've been working at Chalice Recording Studio for over 10 years. From my experience, some of the best interns that were referred to us came from CRAS. They are motivated, hardworking and well informed about the real world of the recording industry. The intern coordinators are friendly and extremely helpful as well.”

— Valerie Pilinsky (Chalice Studios, Los Angeles)

“As an owner of a busy studio in Chicago I have reached out to various recording schools offering a chance for their students to intern, assist and hopefully engineer at our facility. CRAS students have always been tops on my list. They are prepared and knowledgeable and fit into our pace of everyday recording. This is important as we don't have time or energy to retrain students for the real world of studio recording.”

— Rick Barnes (RAX Trax)

“CRAS has always been one of the best schools to work with when recruiting interns. Not only is their staff of counselors and advisers friendly, but they are always following up and on their game! Westlake appreciates how easy they make it to recruit interns, as much as we appreciate the quality of interns that they refer.”

— Alexandra Burdick (Westlake)

Explore the Map to Find Out Where CRAS Students Have Interned in the Past 4 Years

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Learn how CRAS can help you break into the music, video game sound, film & television, live sound and broadcast industries.

Welcome to CRAS, the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. We are an audio recording, sound engineering, and music production school. Our audio engineering and music production school is one of the top rated programs in the US.

CRAS is a unique and potent combination of great facilities, technology and faculty. At CRAS we teach the skills and concepts you need, so you’ll be ready to start your career the day you graduate. All enrolled students receive the Laptop Recording Package, 24/7 access to school facilities, and a lot more!

Internship FAQ’s

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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.


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