Since my last journal entry, I have steadily grown more confident in my duties at Stand Up With Pete Dominick. Coming to work I am just as excited as I was during the first couple weeks on the show. This month we have delved into the presidential conversation, providing detailed coverage of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. With both Pete and Alfred in the field, I have taken on a larger role during and outside of the show.
During the show this month I have continued my role screening calls and am learning more about what goes into the shows production. Over the last two weeks I have learned the basics for running the control board, such as what faders correspond to what systems (ex. prophet, dalet, ect.). Additionally, recently I learned how to update the station ID.
Outside of the show, I continue to pitch ideas and potential guests for the show. In addition to pitching ideas and guests, this month I was trained on Adobe Audition and the process of pulling and editing clips. This allows me to further contribute to the show by finding and editing clips that I find online for the show.
In my last month on the show, I look forward to learning more about the control board and ultimately running the board during a show segment. Additionally, I look forward to sitting in on other shows and learning how they differ from the show I work on. Overall, my internship experience at Sirius Radio has flown by and I look forward to my last month on Stand Up!
Walking in to SiriusXM on the first day of work, my mind was flooded with emotions from every end of the spectrum. I felt nervous, anxious, but most of all, eager. Eager to learn new things, eager to network myself, and most importantly, I was eager to see what I was capable of. Two months later, I would never have expected to have some of the opportunities that I have had, and I never would have expected myself to be able to do a lot of the things that I do every day, and it’s all thanks to this internship.
In this short span of time, I have been able to grow significantly and learn more than I ever thought possible. Since day one, this internship has helped me feel like I have purpose, and never once have I felt that my often naive questions or concerns were bothering anyone. In my time here, I have learned an immense amount of information about how SiriusXM is run. Satellite radio is a lot more intricate and in depth than I ever imagined, but I feel that I have gotten a pretty good grasp on the day-to-day operations so far. To name a few of the things I have learned, I now know how to navigate my way through multiple different software programs that help to run all the channels, I have assisted in loading new songs and imaging pieces into the software, and have played a part in creating playlists for upcoming channels. I have observed and learned how the programmers schedule the music for their channels, and I have even had the opportunity to work in the studio during live shows to learn about the production side of radio.
During the interview and orientation processes, a specific point was often emphasized- your job here matters. I have never once had to grab anybody a coffee, or do any work that is considered “intern-y”. The work I have been assigned is work that is very important to SiriusXM, and the staff helps the interns really get the most out of this experience. This leads to my number one piece of advice for anybody who wants to complete an internship here: get the most out of your time here. Since working here, I have voiced my ideas and interests, and the staff has listened. For example, I let my bosses know that I have an interest in live production, so they took the time to set me up with an opportunity to work on a live show, which has since become a weekly thing for me. I get to do call screening for a quiz show on Liquid Metal, which allows me the opportunity to speak with subscribers and music lovers, while seeing first-hand how live shows are run. If you want to do something, don’t be shy about it. Embrace the chance that is given to you, because if you hide your interests and aren’t doing all you can, you won’t get the full benefit of this fantastic opportunity.
Throughout my high school and college career, I was always told that you need to immerse yourself in order to really learn, and SiriusXM has helped me do that. I feel that I am more capable and more confident person since beginning this internship, and I am eager to see what’s in store throughout August.
I feel very fortunate interning at SiriusXM Radio for the summer. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in the information technology department. I have learned so much within my first month due to my mentor David and his team. The experience I am receiving is completely different than reading from a textbook. I value hands-on learning because there is nothing like diving into the field and learning first hand.
My mentor encourages me to ask questions, which I always take every opportunity to do so. Presently, my mentor has been dealing with migrating clients from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I have been managing the tickets that are given to me by my mentor, imaging machines with the SiriusXM build, replacing and building desktops, and visiting clients who are experiencing issues with their equipment. One lesson I have learned from my mentor and his team is to always troubleshoot.
Throughout my first month I have already met wonderful people from different departments. My goal within my remaining time is to be able to shadow some employees I met. I hope to be able to explore the departments that I have interests in such as interactive media, web design, and marketing.
As a woman in tech I feel very lucky to be able to work alongside two other female interns in the IT department. I hope more women decide to emerge in the technology field – I definitely am an advocate for it. The work I have done so far has given me a great amount of confidence. Being able to work with equipment and deal with real life situations is very rewarding to me. I am excited to learn more and experience all that this internship has to offer.