The CPE helps Elmhurst students launch dynamic careers through job shadowing opportunities, mentoring, internships and more. Here are the stories of two recent graduates.
Class of 2011
Assistant, Jampol Artist Management
A Music-Lover’s Dream Job
I grew up loving music. I always wanted to know who sang what song, and I always wanted to learn everything I could about great music. So when I was applying to work here at Jampol Artist Management, the names of the people they work with really jumped out at me. The Doors. Otis Redding. Janis Joplin. The Ramones. Tupac Shakur. They’re legends. What we do at Jampol is really specialized: We manage the estates of music legends. It’s the kind of job you imagine yourself having when you think about going into music business.
I love the fast pace of my job. The phone is always ringing, the schedule is always changing. As an assistant, I’m responsible for making sure the day-to-day operations here are running smoothly. People don’t think about the behind-the-scenes parts of the music business, but that’s important, too. And it can be really interesting.
A Semester in L.A.
I spent the last semester of my senior year in Los Angeles, doing an internship with a record label called Planet LA. It was the best way to learn the business. They let me do a little bit of everything, including going to South by Southwest [an annual music festival in Austin, Texas]. I got to meet people from all over the industry and saw for myself how the business worked.
How Elmhurst and the CPE Prepared Him
My time at Elmhurst definitely helped prepare me for what I’m doing now. It let me take my knowledge of music business to the next level. My internship at Planet LA is a great example. It was really my entry into the music industry, and it was great to be able to do that even before I graduated.
So much of success in this industry has to do with networking, and I learned a lot about that from all the extracurricular activities I did at Elmhurst. I was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Music Business Student Union and Habitat for Humanity. I met and worked with so many different kinds of personalities. It really taught me a lot about how to connect with all kinds of people. That’s so important in this industry, and in any industry.
The best way to break into this business is to get out there and do it. Learn it from the grass roots. Find an internship, or find a band to manage. Read everything you can and try to stay current—because it changes every day.
Class of 2011
Culture of Innovation Associate, Maddock Douglas
Maddock Douglas is an innovation agency. We work with our clients to help them cultivate their innovation capabilities. We bring them ideas that will shift their business to gain an edge. One of the services we offer focuses on creating a culture of innovation within our clients. We look at changing the ways they operate to better encourage innovation.
Play at Work
This is not your typical office. The first time I walked in, I said, “I want to work here!” We have a Lego pit, scooters, a ping pong table. We have some pretty intense ping pong tournaments! It’s just a very vibrant and lively work environment. It’s a relaxed place, and the people are open and collaborative. They’re nuts, but in a good way! Everyone has a personality.
My role on the Culture of Innovation team is to support and provide logistics. I’m on the lookout for anything that’s falling through the cracks on a project. And if I see any cracks, I do what has to be done to fill them in. You could say that I’m the spackle!
What She Learned at the CPE
I was a student worker at the CPE for four years. It was my first real job. It taught me what it means to be professional, to be proactive, to think for myself. And it was great to have access to such a great group of people.
Sticking With It
The first internship I ever interviewed for was at Kellogg’s, and I was so disappointed when I didn’t get it. I thought I’d failed. But then Holly Coffin [of the CPE] told me about Maddock Douglas, and how they were setting up a relationship with the College where they would hire students as interns. So I decided I would just call them. As it turned out, it took a few phone calls, but eventually they asked me to come in for an interview.
A Good Start
I had no idea what I wanted to do, so that internship ended up being very helpful. I was exposed to all the different parts of the business—business development, marketing, research, even accounting. It helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, my likes and dislikes. I could see where I fit in and where a career could start for me.