Alumni Spotlight: Morgan Smith

Sony Music Entertainment – Alumni Spotlights highlight the success of THF interns with Sony Music Entertainment, a Platinum Diversity Partner.

Morgan Smith (THF ‘21)

1) Please share your internship title.

During my Summer 2021 Internship at Sony Music Entertainment, I was a Video Content & Production Intern.

2) Please describe your duties & responsibilities.

As a Video Content & Production Intern, my responsibilities included editing various videos such as artists’ YouTube videos, music video trailers, and podcast promotional videos. I also had the opportunity to create cinemagraphs for social media marketing.

3) How did your role/department fit into Sony Music
Entertainment’s overall business objective/mission?

A huge part of Sony Music Entertainment’s mission is to inspire the world to do great things through the influence of music. I believe they also encourage their interns to do great things and essentially be great through music and what’s behind the music. Overall, I think my role as an intern fits their mission because they made room for my creativity and challenged me to become great at what I do!

4) What did you like most about interning with Sony Music Entertainment?

At Sony Music Entertainment, I was given the ability to edit different types of content. The internship also exposed me to the music world, which I didn’t know much about previously!

5) What were the most challenging parts of your role and how did you overcome those challenges?

The most challenging part of my role probably had to be learning to make cinemagraphs on the job! Before interning at Sony Music, I didn’t know too much about Adobe After Effects, so it took me a while to complete the Cinemagraphs. I utilized YouTube tutorials to learn and made adjustments based on the feedback I was given. All in all, I enjoyed it because I was learning something new and was up for the challenge!

6) What skills or talents (hard/soft) were most essential to be effective in your internship role?

As it pertains to hard skills, prospective interns should have extensive knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop. If an intern knows other Adobe software such as Adobe InDesign and After Effects, this can be helpful also!

When it comes to soft skills, interns must be adaptable and willing to learn new things. Change is inevitable, so interns should always be prepared to embrace change and adapt accordingly. Lastly, of course, it has to be networking! Interns gain the most in their roles when they learn more about others and essentially the business they are a part of. Attending other intern and company events can be a massive help in understanding the culture of the company.

7) How has your internship experience impacted your career goals?

Interning at Sony Music Entertainment made me more confident in my editing ability and video production overall. Thus, I feel better equipped to go forth in my career in Film, Media, and Entertainment.

8) What advice would you give to THF interns as they begin internships/careers in media?

As it pertains to your career, go after what stretches you and makes you uncomfortable. When you work in a position or field that challenges you, you are forced to learn and grow, which will make you better and hopefully the best!