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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Attendance Records

Spring 2012 Site Review

Position: Scouting Intern
Student: English Sophomore

My internship with Attendance Records is something very special. Everyone involved with Attendance Records is there to fulfill the mission because they are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the kids. Attendance Records is dedicated to bringing creativity back into schools by connecting teachers and students with local writers, artists and musicians. By providing students with the opportunity to design, write and produce their own album, students will build confidence skills that will result in discovering what makes them unique. With budget cuts in full effect, art programs are usually the first to go. We provide a free, safe environment each semester where students are encouraged to find their own voice through the arts. One class is chosen per semester based on their original piece or pieces of work submitted to Attendance Records. Students will write songs, poetry, and create album artwork with the help of local artists and musicians. After, two local Austin bands collaborate with the students to bring their songs to life by creating music and recording the student written lyrics to produce an album.

As an intern for Attendance Records, we do about 10 hours of work, meeting at various times throughout the week at Premium Recording studio. Responsibilities include things like setting up events, promotion, scouting out potential artists and companies to collaborate on projects or partner with, creating the volunteer manual, updating the newsletters, networking, and being creative while doing it all! At Attendance Records, we work in the spirit of creativity; being creative is one of the most vital elements if you want to be involved with the non-profit. Because the non-profit is relatively new, a lot of my job as an intern is working with Jenna (the founder of Attendance Records) to help build up and progress the organization. My internship is something I love, and I plan to continue working with Attendance Records in the future.

Spring 2012 Site Review

Position: Volunteer Coordinating Intern
Student: Urban Studies Senior

My internship organization currently shares a space with Premium Recording Studios (this is also the place where the musicians record the music written by the students we work with). The times that I come in are very flexible, but I usually spend around 10-15 hours a week there in the mornings on Monday-Thursday. Typically, the work is done on the computer. It usually consists of e-mails, organizing files, and getting things ready for the many benefit events that we throw. For example, the e-mails usually consist of contacting bands to perform, artists to do art work, screen printers to do live screen printing, editors at newspapers to get coverage of our event, and local businesses in an attempt to garner donations for raffles and food.

Recently, a lot of our internship work has centered on writing grants. We just got our 503c3 status, so we’re applying for an insane amount of grant money so we can continue to build and expand our organization. Jenna, my boss, will often give us specific parts of the grant to outline or write a rough draft for.

The interns are also involved in the creative process of the organization. We can go into the studio with our engineer whenever we want. Jenna also loves our input for ideas at benefit events and for programs. It’s nice to not be just a coffee-getter or an assistant who mainly makes phone calls or writes e-mails. We have a lot of input into what the organization does and Jenna always asks us for new ideas when she is planning something.

The internship also requires work outside of the office, especially when following up on e-mails with donors or performers. You have to be able to respond t those as quickly as possible.
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