Riverside City College Student Ariana Mejia Selected as 2024 NAMM Intern


Ariana Mejia, a student at Riverside City College (RCC) pursuing a certificate in Music Technology, has been one of four students selected as the 2024 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) interns.

Ariana Mejia, currently pursuing a certificate in Music Technology at Riverside City College (RCC), shared her journey towards this achievement. "When I started at RCC a year ago, Professor Jennifer Amaya played a huge role in shaping my opportunities," said Mejia. "Professor Amaya is extremely dedicated to providing the best education for her students and helping them blossom into someone they never thought was possible."

Mejia's journey toward becoming the NAMM intern began with her involvement in RCC's Music Technology program. Through dedicated efforts and the guidance of faculty, Mejia found herself presented with the opportunity to intern at the 2024 NAMM Show, one of the largest and most prestigious trade shows in the music products industry. The NAMM Show serves as a platform for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, musicians, educators, and media representatives from around the world to come together and showcase the latest innovations, products, and technologies in the music industry.

Reflecting on her experience, Mejia discussed her role as a NAMM intern, stating, "We were part of making sure events, conferences, and lectures were taking place smoothly. We kept a headcount of people, set up for events, and ensured there was no chaos, especially with over 60,000 attendees."

One of the most impactful aspects of Mejia's internship was the opportunity to engage with women in the music industry, an experience she found profoundly inspiring. "The women that are putting in the work are changing the industry and expanding it, and I want to be one of those women," expressed Mejia.

When asked about the significance of being named a NAMM intern, Mejia emphasized personal and professional growth. "Receiving the title means a bright future is ahead in which I will accomplish more. Experiencing an internship at NAMM was full of growth for me," said Mejia.

RCC's support played a crucial role in Mejia's journey, and she expressed her gratitude, stating, "A huge thank you to Professor Amaya for recognizing me and providing me with great opportunities. Claire Kreger-Boaz and Bethany Gilbert were the kindest people I have ever met."

Ariana Mejia's journey from Riverside City College student to NAMM intern encapsulates the essence of RCC's dedication to student success and the cultivation of transformative opportunities within the music industry. As she continues to pursue her passions and aspirations, Mejia's remarkable achievements serve as an inspiration to students seeking internships or opportunities within this dynamic field.