Internship Spotlight: Carlie Zervan

This summer, Carlie Zervan, a senior in the PR Program, interned at The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), which is a music performing rights organization in Nashville, Tennessee.

”I always had my eye on ASCAP ever since I was in Music Industry Management (MIM). It’s a really great company,” Zervan said.

Zervan actually found the internship for ASCAP through a Music Industry Management alumnus of Ferris.

Carlie Zervan, left

On a typical day, Zervan would listen to music submissions. If the music was good, she would send them to an ASCAP music representative. If they were bad, she would send them an email thanking them for their submissions and tell them her thoughts.

Also, Zervan would help prepare for ASCAP #1 parties. A #1 party was thrown when an ASCAP artist went #1. Zervan said they would plan every detail of the parties.

One of the things Zervan enjoyed about her internship was the showcases that were put on. “There were some really amazing artists,” Zervan said.

One main thing Carlie learned from her internship is that every company is different. “ASCAP is a huge company, but the president would bring in his dog, we would blare music, and they encourage individuality, like my tattoos,” Zervan said. “But we worked hard.”

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