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About Pearl Internships

This Summer Do Something Special

Pearl is a worldwide leader in drum and percussion instrument manufacturing. Our internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the marketing and distribution of percussion instruments in the U.S. Intern placement is within Pearl’s Marketing department with emphasis placed on Drumset, Marching Percussion, Concert Percussion and Hand Percussion product lines. Each summer a limited number of places for internships are available.

To take part in the program, we look for the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at a college or university both at the time of application and during the internship
  • Preferred fields of study but not limited to: Marketing, Advertising, Music Business, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Media
  • Dates June 1 – July 31 (subject to change based on university requirements)
  • Work schedule Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • A minimum of 20 years of age
  • Relocate to Nashville, TN for the term of the internship
  • This is an unpaid internship

Internship Application Dates

The DEADLINE for 2014 has passed but we hope to see your submission for 2015.

2014 Interns

Joel Punausuia

University of Alabama

As a non-percussionist, I was anxious that that would handicap me during this internship. When I first came in I could not tell the difference between a crash cymbal stand and a boom stand, but that wrong was righted rather quickly. Every employee at Pearl was understanding of my lack of knowledge and was patient with me as they thoroughly explained the specific functions of each instrument and its accessories. They were always inviting of questions, so I never felt disadvantaged.

No day at Pearl is the same as the last. I got to experience the building, framing and photography of kits; filming of studio sessions with Pearl artists; the maintenance of marching percussion equipment; and, new as of this year, aid in the set up and striking of a trade show booth. Expect to also deal extensively with some of the Pearl affiliated drum corps come July.

Pearl really is like a family. The employees are not your coworkers but a familial machine that runs on quality, positive user experience and excellence. Every member of the team has an insurmountable and admirable amount of passion, pride and dedication to the brand. It truly is inspiring to walk in every day to that magnitude of positivity and creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Pearl and the in-depth but comprehensive crash course into the musical products industry.

Joel Punausuia

Josh Tietz

Florida State University

Interning at Pearl has been one of the best experiences of my life.  The people at Pearl are the best in the industry and are some of the nicest and most hardworking people I have ever met.  Being a percussionist, I was excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest drum manufacturing company in the world.  From the moment I stepped through the door on the first day, I was thrown right into all of the day-to-day operations of the company.  Over the course of the internship, I was tasked with making sales sheets, filling out dealer spread sheets, assisting with photo shoots and video shoots, updating websites and much more.  It was exciting to watch how my work directly affected the company.

During this internship, I experienced all areas of the Pearl/Adams and Pearl Flute Corporations.  I had a chance to assist on many projects in each area.  Learning how the manufacturing and sales process works and seeing it in action was an exciting experience.  It was interesting to watch and learn how sales reps handled their dealers and how they effectively moved product out the door.

This is definitely not your normal coffee getting, paper filing internship.  All of the information and experience I have gained from my time at Pearl will be very valuable in the future when I enter the music industry.  The worst part of this internship is that it had to end.  It was an honor to intern at a company as great as Pearl!

Josh Tietz

Taylor Willingham

SUNY-Oneonta University

My internship at Pearl this summer left me with many positive impressions of the company. Primarily, I witnessed firsthand Pearl’s commitment to excellence. The reason Pearl is an industry leader is that they constantly strive to stay ahead of the curve and be the best: from product design, to product presentation, to customer service. When it comes to maintaining the brand, Pearl never cuts corners.

However, probably the greatest thing I will take away from my time at Pearl is the way I was treated by the Pearl family. Not only was I treated with respect and appreciation, but I was also given the chance to put into practice the skills I have learned and contribute to the company. Never did I simply feel like a “lowly intern,” but rather an integral part of the team. I always had the sense that the people at Pearl were genuinely invested in my education; always willing to teach me something new, or show me the workings of the company and the industry as a whole. This was such a great experience, and I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this internship program.

Taylor Willingham

2013 Interns

Keylee Fletcher

Eastern Kentucky University

Interning at Pearl for the summer has been the most educational and rewarding experiencing I’ve ever had.  Over the course of 8 weeks, I had the opportunity to spend half of my time with the Sales department and the other half with the Marketing department.  I had several projects within each department that ranged from writing web content, such as product or dealer spotlights, to creating sales specials and doing product research.  This internship is terrific because I could see how every task I was given benefited the company in some way.  Being a percussionist, I was thrilled to get hands-on experience in a variety of elements of the percussion world, such as assembling Adams keyboards or learning how to properly mic drumsets and cajons for video shoots.

Every member of the Pearl family was open and willing to share their expertise with each Intern from the moment we walked through the door.  Not one question I had went unanswered during the internship, and the positive work environment made each day of this experience a blast!  I can confidently say that this internship and the folks at Pearl have given me the knowledge and tools to work in the music industry in any capacity.  My 8 weeks here allowed me to see why Pearl is a true leader and innovator in the music products industry.  Thank you, Pearl, for the experience of a lifetime!

Keylee Fletcher

Rachael Doyle

Indiana University

My experience at Pearl has been unforgettable. Each day I woke up excited to come to work. From market research to sales calls, the guys at Pearl really took time to involve me in different aspects of their jobs. I received hands on experience working with excel, and sitting in on dealer reviews. My favorite duty was assisting the Artist Relations crew with Marc Quinones of the Allman Brothers in the Pearl studio one morning. Each day offered new and exciting tasks, so I did not labor over one monotonous project the entire time. DCI Murfreesboro was a new event for me that I wouldn’t have experienced without Pearl. The Pearl team consists of not only hard-workers, but genuine, fun people as well. It was a pleasure to work with them this summer and I will truly be sad to leave.

Rachael Doyle

Dan Overstreet

University of Miami

When I began my internship this summer, I was initially nervous; interning at a legendary drum company as a guitar player was a daunting prospect. Within my first hour at Pearl, all my fears were laid to rest. The environment was incredibly welcoming and everyone was happy to talk about anything from business, to drums, to stories about Pearl’s prestigious artists.

Once I was acquainted with the other interns, we learned that no two days were the same for the intern team. Whether it was reassembling marching snares, designing new sales promotions or preparing the studio for visiting artists, we were constantly learning new aspects of sales and marketing.

I highly recommend this internship to anyone considering a music business career. Nashville was a fantastic place to spend the summer and interning at Pearl was a broad and exciting introduction to the music products industry!

Dan Overstreet

Brandon Beck

Auburn University

My time at Pearl was absolutely incredible. The best way to describe it; “I am like a kid in a candy store!” That description was true every single day I walked into the building. From day one, everyone at Pearl was extremely helpful and willing to answer any question that I had. We jumped right in as we learned about Pearl and how this incredible company runs so successfully.

I found myself trying to fall asleep early every night just to make sure the next day came that much faster. The interns were implemented into the Marketing and Sales departments and were able to work hand-in-hand with the incredible percussion instruments that Pearl provides daily. We were also exposed to Pearl Flutes which continue the standard of excellence that the percussion products do. In addition to working with the products, we were also included in artist video shoots. These experiences were not only educational, but truly inspiring. These professionals performed their crafts with the utmost professionalism and class while also being genuinely great people!

This internship was an experience that I will never forget and I definitely recommend anyone that wants to have a career in the music industry needs to apply. The information and experiences you will receive are second to none. I am very grateful that Pearl allowed me to have this experience. Thank you Pearl!

Brandon Beck

2012 Interns

Spencer Garretson

University of Texas

My 2012 Summer internship at Pearl expanded my corporate perspective on both micro and macro levels. Through a variety of tasks, like writing articles and product spotlights for the Pearl website, conducting marketing research and analysis, assisting with photo and video shoots, and even helping out in the warehouse with equipment returns, I came to thoroughly understand the importance of every task in maintaining lasting success.

On a macro level I learned that Pearl, in function, is not much different than any other corporate entity. There is a product that is manufactured, shipped, and sold. What makes Pearl unique is the environment created by the people working there who are genuinely excited and passionate about what they are selling. This reality was conveyed to me within the first week of my presence and was continuously confirmed throughout the summer. Everybody at Pearl made an effort to make me feel welcome and provided real advice that I will carry for the rest of my career!

Spencer Garretson

Colin White

University of Alabama

We have all heard the classic quote, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Interning at Pearl Corporation for eight weeks completely embodies that phrase, as the internship felt like only four weeks. While working at Pearl Corporation I met talented, helpful people, as well as three other gifted interns from across the nation. I gained experience in marketing, public relations, and warehouse operations. It was amazing to see the work that goes into every product catalog, ad in a magazine, and kit you see on a showroom floor. Pearl is definitely a family that is glad to see you there and wants you to succeed.

Apart from working in the office, I got to experience studio sessions of Pearl artist, industry events, and a DCI show. I learned the in great depth the inner-workings of percussion keyboards too, something I wasn’t familiar with at all at the start of the internship. Overall, I would recommend this internship to anyone interested in music and your field of study. Your tailored projects and tasks are very important to the company and fatten up your portfolio as well. Interning at Pearl Corporation has claimed the title of my best summer and work experience yet!

Colin White

John Farquharson

Berklee College of Music

My internship experience at Pearl this summer was everything I hoped for and more! From the minute I walked through the door I was welcomed into a very comfortable yet hard working community consisting of several of the most professional people I have ever had the pleasure to work for.  They truly made me feel like I was an important part of both the Marketing and Sales departments and not just an intern.  Every day brought new and exciting projects such as preparing various products for photo shoots, working on marching drums for Big 10 universities, assisting visiting artists with setup requests, compiling competitive market analysis reports, assisting in the creation of sales specials, writing press for various major publications, and so much more. 

This truly was the experience of a lifetime. As a music business student looking to start a career in the products industry I can say with confidence, this experience will prove crucial to my future.  I highly recommend interning at Pearl to anyone looking to work hard and gain insight into how this facet of the music industry works.

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

John Farquharson

Hunter Selman

LaSalle University

I can honestly say my 8 weeks at Pearl were some of the best weeks of my life.  I learned, experienced, and contributed more than I could have ever hoped for.   Working in the music industry had always been my dream, and Pearl made it come true. 

My projects varied from compiling market research, to writing copy, to changing drumheads in the studio.  I woke up excited for work each day because you never know what cool project you will be thrown into next.  Pearl is a fun, yet professional workplace and all of the great people I met contributed to my special experience there. 

I will never forget my summer with Pearl and I couldn’t recommend this internship program highly enough.

Hunter Selman

2011 Interns

Blake Ellis

University of Alabama

I could not have asked for a better experience than the 8 weeks I spent at Pearl. During my internship I received a well-rounded view of how the company operates. I was treated like a real employee and completed tasks that gave me insight into what a career in the musical instrument business entails. As well as completing daily tasks on the marketing side, I spent some time job shadowing employees in finance, sales and customer service.

The Pearl Family was genuinely interested in making sure I received the best education possible during my internship. I had exposure to all product areas including: drum set, marching, Adams/Concert Percussion, Pearl Percussion and even Pearl Flutes! I had a great experience seeing a behind the scenes view of DCI, industry event shows, and the musical instrument business. I highly recommend this internship to anyone in Music Business who is looking for a summer worth remembering!

Blake Ellis

Morgan Nenne

Bradley University

My internship with Pearl far exceeded my expectations. Pearl provided me with quality work experience that helped improve my skills as a music business professional. On my very first day at Pearl, I was provided with projects that were specific to my field of study. The working environment at Pearl is laid back yet professional and the staff is exceptional. They were always willing to answer any questions I had and provide needed insight. If given the chance to work with Pearl again I would not hesitate at the opportunity.

Morgan Nenne

Arianna Fanning

Indiana University

After interning at Pearl for 9 weeks, I walked away with a comprehensive view of how the company operates, and insight into why they are so successful in the industry. Every day brought new tasks, and I was constantly learning. Coming into the internship, I didn’t have a lot of experience in the marching percussion world, but that changed quickly over the summer, as I learned to strip marching snare drums, wrote a web feature on one of Pearl’s drum corps, and worked the Pearl booth at a DCI event!

Pearl is a very pleasant, yet professional workplace, and by the second day, I felt right at home. Everyone I approached with questions would instantly drop what they were doing to help me. The opportunity to intern at Pearl really opened my eyes to another side in the music industry, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great summer.

Arianna Fanning

Andrew Dobos

Ithaca College of Music

My 8 week internship at Pearl this summer was truly a fantastic experience. From the very first day, I felt welcomed as a member of the Pearl family and was treated as a real employee. I was given an extensive tour of the facility as well as an indepth history of the company, and an overview of how the company operates in the music world.

The first half of my internship was spent working with the Sales Team where I worked directly with fellow sales representatives in making phone calls, taking part in dealer reviews, and shipping out literature and products. I also received a lot of hands on experience working with and shipping out a large number of Pearl’s e-Pro Live kits. The second half of my internship was spent with the Marketing side of the building where I was exposed to the methods that Pearl uses to promote their name as well as giving my input during important meetings and discussions. The most rewarding part of the whole experience for me was that the assignments and projects that I worked on directly benefited the company as a whole and helped lessen the workload of a fellow employee. Whether it was writing articles for the company website, setting up drumsets for photoshoots, organizing returned DCI equipment, or compiling documents and spreadsheets, I always felt that my work was highly appreciated and valued.

I strongly recommend this internship for anyone looking to spend their summer working hard with one of the tightest families in the music industry. Thank you, Pearl, for a great experience!

Andrew Dobos

2010 Interns

Charles Lovell

University of Kansas

I could not have asked for a better experience than the 8 weeks I spent at Pearl. During my internship I received a well-rounded view of how the company operates. I was treated like a real employee and completed tasks that gave me insight into what a career in the musical instrument business entails. As well as completing daily tasks on the marketing side, I spent some time job shadowing employees in finance, sales and customer service. The Pearl Family was genuinely interested in making sure I received the best education possible during my internship. I had exposure to all product areas including: drum set, marching, Adams/Concert Percussion, Pearl Percussion and even Pearl Flutes! I had a great experience seeing a behind the scenes view of DCI, industry event shows, and the musical instrument business. I highly recommend this internship to anyone in Music Business who is looking for a summer worth remembering!

Charles Lovell

Brian Isaac

Oklahoma State University

My experience as one of Pearl’s 2010 summer interns far exceeded my expectations and left me with only positive things to say! On my first day, I was welcomed into such a great environment, comfortable yet extremely efficient. The friendly staff helped me to become oriented with everything in a matter of a few days, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that everyone I would work with at Pearl was either a drummer or musician of some kind, regardless of what position they held in the company. I was given the opportunity to work very closely with various product managers, completing small tasks as well as larger, long-term projects throughout the summer. It was very rewarding to be able to assist in the “behind-the-scenes” processes of Pearl’s online media, drumset and percussion marketing, and the Drum Corps International 2010 summer season. I loved working for Pearl and it was a priceless experience that will help greatly in the start of my career in the music business!  Thanks Pearl!

Brian Isaac

2009 Interns

Dan Twiford

Eastern Kentucky University

My experience as a Pearl Summer Intern has left me with nothing but good things to say. I worked hand in hand with the Marketing Staff in the areas of Combo and Pearl Percussion for nine weeks. I had on-going long term projects and different short term projects each week that provided a great deal of variety over the course of the summer. The work environment is relaxed and friendly; always someone willing to answer your questions or lend a hand. They really are the best in the industry and it was a great pleasure to work side by side with the people who have led Pearl to having such a great reputation, and such great products. Pearl’s success is no accident. If you would like to learn why and spend a summer with very talented, intelligent, hard-working people – who are great “people” too – then I recommend this internship for you. I have no regrets and would do it all over again if I had the chance. Thanks for the opportunity!

** Dan Twiford served as the Marching Percussion Marketing Manager from 2010-2014.

Dan Twiford

Kevin Geis

University of Alabama Huntsville

This summer, I was the intern in the Education /Concert department at Pearl. Through my experience at Pearl, I gained a greater understanding and appreciation of what it takes to provide a truly great product. From day one, I was welcomed into the company. Everyone was very helpful, and always took time to answer any questions I had, or help me with a task. The people at Pearl work together in a relaxed and comfortable, yet professional, environment. In the Education/Concert area, I learned a great deal about concert and front ensemble equipment, as well as how Pearl produces its line of flutes! Having spent a large part of my life in drum corps, it was a wonderful experience to be part of Pearl during the DCI season. There is so much that goes into getting drums to the corps, and corps on the field; and Pearl provided me with the opportunity to not only see how the process works, but be a crucial part of it. I found out what it takes to plan and produce many events throughout the summer, including a DCI show, and a dealer party. My experience at Pearl has been amazing, and will prepare me for success as I complete my education and pursue a career.

** Pearl Corporation welcomed Kevin Geis to the Marketing Department in 2011 and he is currently the Marching Percussion Marketing Manager.

Kevin Geis

2008 Interns

Stephanie West

University of Texas San Antonio

My name is Stephanie West and I am a student at the University of Texas San Antonio, pursuing a degree in Music Marketing. This past summer was I accepted into Pearl’s intern program. The internship gave me insight into the way the company is run. I worked with so many people whom teach a variety of subjects, topics, and techniques that can be used through out the rest of your life. I became even more comfortable with excel and was able to go “behind-the-scenes” of the drum corps world. I also gained more knowledgeable in the Latin percussion area. Everyday was something new and everyday I was excited about going into work.

Stephanie West

Patrick Leeson

Middle Tennessee State University

The two months of summer 2008 I spent at Pearl Corporation was a very rewarding experience. I felt very much at home and felt as if I was a co-worker. The best way to describe the people at Pearl is a family with a strong business and professional aspect. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. At any given morning, I would be greeted by at least fifteen people. If I had a problem, I could talk to whoever I needed to talk to and they gave me the attention I needed. It was a laid back, but very professional environment. People at Pearl come in to work and they get things done, but they all enjoy their jobs and enjoy their time there. I greatly appreciated this aspect of the company. The experience I received further opened my mind to the world of percussion. While my area was in drumset, I also appreciated working with the percussion aspect as well. The tasks I performed were very important to Pearl, its employees, and its rapid growth in the percussion industry. I only wish I could have spent longer than two months interning at Pearl. I will surely keep in contact with the great individuals there and would love to work there after I graduate. It was a very rewarding experience that I will remember for years to come in the start of my career in music business.

Patrick Leeson