Philly Girl Meets The Big Apple

Hello! My name is Shannon Vo and I’m a senior majoring in Advertising, concentrating on account management. This semester, I am interning for Sony Music Entertainment in New York City under Legacy Recordings. Before my internship at Sony Music, I had only been to New York City about two times. My first trip up to the Big Apple was scary but so exciting. Besides the insane amount of traffic, the two-hour bus ride was quite peaceful. I remember entering through the doors of the building and just being so overwhelmed. I was finally in the space where I wanted to be. There was so much euphoria in the air as other interns gathered in the lobby to be escorted up to the main floor.

My boss picked me up after the intern orientation, and we headed to the 20th floor where Legacy Recordings was located. For my internship, I am working in the Artist & Repertoire (A&R) department of that specific label. There are so many aspects to my position, but in short, I work with Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division which is composed of past artists such as Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, and so many more. So far, I have developed a wide knowledge of Sony’s catalog and how music used to be back in the day. I’m basically getting a history lesson every day about how music has evolved in the past decades. Working at Legacy is amazing and worth the two-hour bus ride. The best part about the internship is the people, especially the other interns in the whole building. The Sony employees have been so kind to me and feeling welcome is very important to me. It helps encourage me to work harder every day and grow as a person. Even though I’m only a month into the internship, I feel like I’ve really made a name for myself at the label.

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7 Comments

  1. Wow, that sounds like an amazing internship. It’s great that you stepped out of your comfort zone by pursuing an internship outside of Philadelphia. It shows that your passion of music outweighs a long commute. You should feel proud because you developed both soft and hard skills by networking in a new environment and learning Sony’s catalog. You have a bright future ahead of you. Thanks for sharing, Shannon!

    • Your internship sounds really interesting and like a lot of fun. I’m glad you’ve overcome your fears of the fast-paced lifestyle of NYC and are able to enjoy and make a name for yourself at Legacy. Working hard and taking that two-hour commute to and from the city truly shows just how driven and passionate you are about this job. I hope the rest of your semester was just as exciting and informational, if not more so than the first month. Making those connections in NYC are extremely valuable, especially if you think you may want to move and work up there.

  2. Your internship sounds really interesting and like a lot of fun. I’m glad you’ve overcome your fears of the fast-paced lifestyle of NYC and are able to enjoy and make a name for yourself at Legacy. Working hard and taking that two-hour commute to and from the city truly shows just how driven and passionate you are about this job. I hope the rest of your semester was just as exciting and informational, if not more so than the first month. Making those connections in NYC are extremely valuable, especially if you think you may want to move and work up there.

  3. Hey, Shannon!! Yes, this’s Lin, the girl you meant at your Intro to Art Direction Class. I remembered you told me about your amazing experiences at Sony Music Entertain in person one day. I could tell you were really passionate about this opportunity at the big company and city. When you told me about New York City, in my mind I was wondering about the conflict on traveling back and forth from there to Philly. But after reading your blog, I could definitely tell it was worth your time and experiences there. I’d love to hear more about your experience in person again, and I know I will definitely see you around!

  4. Ahh NYC has always seemed so hectic to me as well! I have only ever been there once and it was crazy! I think it’s cool that your internship building has become your peaceful/safe space while you’re there. I feel like a lot of people would consider work to be the hectic place and then, outside of work be the calming factor. This internship sounds AMAZING though and it’s so awesome that you were able to get it! Sony is HUGE! Congratulations and enjoy the rest of your time there!

  5. Sony Music Entertainment sounds like such a fun internship with so much going on. One of my friends actually interned there this last semester and enjoyed it! I hope you’re enjoying it as well. I feel the same way about New York City, it’s so intimidating. It’s always been a dream of mine to live there one day, but the size of it and the inexperience of being in NYC frightens me. Sounds like learning the history about the history of the music industry and all those past artists is going to help so much with your future. The long bus ride can also be a great time for you to discover new music or listen to music from work and learn more about it!

  6. Hey, Shannon! Glad to read that your first month went well. As someone who used to want to live and go to school in New York, I think it seems pretty intimidating. But you obviously have a pretty good handle on it. The internship sounds amazing and like there’s always something new to learn, which must mean you rarely get bored or tired of the work. Do you think you’ll eventually work there full-time as the beginning of your career? Good luck with everything moving forward!

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