I am a student in the mid-west searching for an internship in audio restoration and/or preservation. All that remains to be completed is an internship. I have been searching for a few months with very frustrating results. Many places that normally offer them are no longer able due to financial issues (economy?), and many places I have been advised to check out have never offered them. While I would not mind having to travel some distance for an internship, I would prefer to stay in the mid-west if possible. Can anyone offer suggestions? I would post a list of places I have already checked, but it would be difficult for me to compile and it would be relatively long.
While I'm posting this, I figure it would also be a good time to ask about finding a job in audio restoration/preservation. I have a bad feeling I might be going about it in the wrong manner. I am not familiar with any degree programs in this field, so I assumed any experience would have to be picked up as an intern. I also assumed that one would not stand a chance at being hired without some experience. Are these assumptions correct? I could easily complete my degree working as an intern in a studio or live sound situation. However, I would not receive any training in restoration or working with older media forms and their respective hardware. Any thoughts or advise?