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.