How To Get A Spotify Internship (Step By Step)

Getting an internship is one of the best ways to start your career. Even before you graduate, you should be thinking about your internship opportunities. An internship can show your employer the value that you can bring to the company. And even after your internship, can lead to full-time offers.

Getting an internship at Spotify is a great way to combine your love for music with your love for technology. Spotify has changed the way music is consumed. And in many ways has changed the music industry as a whole.

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How Spotify Got Started

Here is how Spotify defines its origins:

Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in Sweden in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 50m tracks for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features including offline mode, improved sound quality, and an ad-free music listening experience.

Today, Spotify is the most popular global audio streaming subscription service with 248m users, including 113m subscribers, across 79 markets. We are the largest driver of revenue to the music business today.

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Business Facts You Should Know About Spotify

Before you send in your application for an internship program, it’s great to know some of the general business metrics of the service. These metrics will either be referenced or brought up during your interview.

Here are a few you should know about:

  • Number of subscribers as of September 30, 2019: 113 Million
  • Number of monthly active users as of September 30,2019: 248 Million
  • Number of markets Spotify is available in: 79 Markets
  • Number of music tracks available on Spotify: 50 Million
  • Number of playlists on Spotify: 3 Billion
  • Number of podcasts on Spotify: 500,000

These metrics are important because any reference you provide to them in your interviews or in your cover letter, the more they’ll feel as though you recognize their business.

How To Get An Internship At Spotify

There are two ways to go about getting an internship at Spotify. The first thing is to make sure that you start applying for your internship before the summer months. Don’t want until June to start applying. Begin your application and follow-up process around February of the year you want to get an internship.

Submit your application through the Spotify Careers portal. But then, begin the process of reaching out to managers at Spotify.

Choose the department you want to be part of. There are a few primary departments:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Design
  • Operations
  • Leadership
  • Legal & Licensing

Go onto LinkedIn and go through the Company page. Filter the results of employees by the job title that you may report to. For example, “Chief Marketing Officer”, would be one. Find that person's name and then go into to use the “email finder” tool, which will guess their email address.

Reach out to the manager, mentioning that you’d like to intern with Spotify. Be sure that you have a short email that’s going to make you stand out. Include links to your personal website, a link to a project you worked on, a link to your cover letter. Something that is going to make the manager see you as someone they should inform the Human Resources department about.

If you don’t a response, don’t worry. Wait a few days, follow-up once more. If you don’t hear anything back after 7-10 days, try to reach out to the next manager. For example, “VP of Marketing” instead of “Chief Marketing Officer”.

Once they respond, be sure you’re ready for two types of interviews. A phone interview, which will be conducted to pre-screen you as a candidate. And an onsite interview, which acts as your “second round” of interviewing before you’re offered the internship.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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