University of Calgary grad lands internship with Chance The Rapper

Summer internships don't get much cooler than when your boss is a Grammy award-winning artist.

'Ya, I got to know him pretty well,' says Negele Hospedales. 'No, we're not Snapchatting every day.'

Negele Hospedales, left, was hired as communications intern for Chance The Rapper, right, and spent most of his days sending out emails and connecting with collaborators. (Negele Hospedales)

Internships don't get much cooler than when your boss is a Grammy award-winning artist.

For two months this summer, recent University of Calgary graduate Negele Hospedales realized his dream job, working for Chance The Rapper.

"Ya, I got to know him pretty well," Hospedales told the Calgary Eyeopener.

"No, we're not Snapchatting every day. We definitely still have the tour chat set up and all that. But he's a pretty busy guy."

After seeing a tweet from Chance about an internship on an upcoming tour, Hospedales built a website with his resume attached.

Initially, Hospedales didn't think much of his chances. But after the website went viral, Hospedales got the job — not that he really knew what the job was.

"There wasn't really much that was told to me beforehand," Hospedales said. "I just kind of showed up and said 'ya, I'm willing to work here.'" 

Summer friends

Unlike some interns, fetching coffee was not on Hospedales' list of duties.

Hospedales was hired as communications intern and said he spent most of his days sending out emails, connecting Chance with collaborators and looking up prospective clients.

But his two-month stint in the rap game wasn't all work.

While on the tour, Hospedales had a surprise visit from comedian Dave Chappelle and even enjoyed a VIP experience at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.

"You know, it's definitely fun … it's tour life," Hospedales said. "It's good that I was around a good group of guys … they're not too crazy, so it was a nice way to ease into my first tour."

Finish line

Now that the tour is over, Hospedales is working to develop a personal brand consulting company. Hospedales says talent will only get you so far on the road to fame and riches.

"A lot of people don't realize that half of the thing about being big is being … a marketable brand that people can connect with."

Hospedales hopes the contacts and experience gained on his hip-hop internship will be the first step to ushering someone else to the same heights as Chance The Rapper.

"They might not be the next Chance The Rapper. They might be a model, they might have their own clothing brand, they might be a designer," Hospedales said. "I want to help them."

With files from the Calgary Eyeopener