Gabriella, Fall 2016 Talent Relations Intern

After working at SiriusXM for about a month now, I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot!  Interning for the Talent Relations department has given me a really cool perspective on how things work in the entertainment industry.  I’ve worked with countless celebrities, as well as their managers and representatives, and seen everything that goes into getting them in the studio and on the air.  Sometimes it’s really hard to believe that this is actually a job that I’m getting paid to do!  In addition to the talent who comes in, I’ve met so many great people here at SiriusXM who I have the pleasure of working with and learning from.  My whole department is so welcoming and helpful, and I couldn’t have asked for better coworkers.  I also work with a lot of people from various other departments, who are all just as friendly and willing to help in any way that they can.  The overall environment at SiriusXM is really the perfect place to learn. Not only are the people so helpful and full of experience, but there’s also so much going on at all times.  I never know what’s going to happen when I come in each day, so every day I’m learning something new.  I think that’s my favorite part of this internship; just taking it day by day to discover who I’m going to meet and what I’m going to learn.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me here at SiriusXM!

Tori, Fall 2016 Brand Marketing Intern

 

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As we come up on the half way point of the internship, I can proudly say that being a part of the branding team here at SiriusXM has been such a fun experience. I am grateful to be on a team of friendly people who have been so kind in making me feel welcomed and involved in the department, even though I’m only in twice a week. I’ve had a number of other internships to compare this to and this is surely my favorite to date. In fact, I’m already certain that I’d be more than happy to work with SiriusXM again!

Coming into this position, I wasn’t sure exactly what role branding would play within the organization, as it can differ from company to company. From what I’ve gathered so far, the brand team is a crucial component to ensuring that every piece of content (whether it be digital, print, video, on-air…) that is released by SiriusXM falls appropriately under the guidelines of the overall brand. So, every channel and every internal team will have their own projects and objectives, and Brand’s role is to tie all of the work back under a consistent SiriusXM tone, look, and feel. This can mean suggesting edits on and approving creatives, as well as managing the execution of these projects across multiple teams. I’ve been working on a few projects including a new channel launch (VOLUME 10/17!!), promotions for our upcoming Free Listening period (tune in 11/16-11/29!), and planning how we will make use of our ad space in publications like Billboard and EW. One very exciting moment was flipping through Billboard and seeing the ads that I previewed on my first day actually in print – so cool!

I’m really happy to be a part of this because I feel confirmed in knowing that brand marketing is a career path I want to continue on. For me, branding is the perfect mix of creativity, planning, and organization.  I’ve learned plenty from my other internships, but this is one that has been the most involved, which gives me the confidence of knowing I’d be satisfied with settling into a branding role (or one similar). My goal in interning has always primarily been to discover what I like, and more importantly what I don’t like, to avoid committing to a full-time role that I’m not happy with. This experience is definitely helping me accomplish that. I am Intern Happy 🙂

 

 

Lauren, Fall 2016 Digital Marketing Intern (D.C. Office)

The past month at SiriusXM has been a whirlwind, in the best of ways. Since my last blog post, I have done so many more projects and feel as if I have fully emerged into the work of my department with the help of my mentor, Julie. Interviewing all of the employees in Marketing is probably my favorite long-term assignment. It has allowed me to meet nearly everyone in the office and hear about their background before arriving at SiriusXM. This definitely has made my experience here so much more enjoyable since I now have friendly faces to say hi to. One of my co-workers even bought me a cookie at lunch the other day which definitely made me feel as if I was already a part of the team.

Since the A/B test launch of the new home page, I have been able to sit in on meetings and hear about how the performance is going. One employee recently taught me how to use the CMS system and update all the information on the website from this platform alone. She later asked me to do some auditing for the new website to make sure all the data was feeding into Maxymizer correctly so that we can accurately track our customers.

One upcoming assignment that I am really excited to complete is rebuilding the modules and templates that make up the new home page. Using the CMS system, I am going to create the same layout that appears on the website using trial and error. Through this process, I will then construct a user-friendly “how to” instructional guide so future employees will be able to update these web pages easily and quickly. It’s really cool to think that my work here will actually be used in the future as well!

It’s crazy to think that my half-way point in the semester is coming up soon since it feels as if I just arrived last week. I look forward to continuing to learn from different employees how to use helpful tools like Adobe Analytics which I’m sure I will use in my future careers.  So far SiriusXM’s internship program has already taught me so much and given me invaluable job experience that I couldn’t have gotten from the classroom alone.

Brendan, Fall 2016 Talk Programming Intern – Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

It feels like I’ve been working here at SiriusXM for so much longer than three weeks, as I’ve learned so much and experienced so many new things since starting my internship at Stand Up! with Pete Dominick. Just being able to walk into the studio every single day of the week is an experience in and of itself- it’s amazing to work in a building that is easily recognized all over the world. Additionally, as an aspiring media professional, I can’t get over the fact that I get to intern for such a distinguished and widely-known company like SiriusXM.

In terms of the show itself, I’m really enjoying learning new skills such as call screening, running the programming board, and even occasionally adding my own knowledge of politics to the show. The host and producer spends a lot of time focusing on current political news and events, which I’m thrilled to learn about each day (as a political science major). The show also has tons of very interesting guests, which have included people such as Lupita Nyong’o, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Maureen Dowd just in the time since I’ve started working on the show. Listening to Pete and such esteemed guests discuss the current issues that face America is something I look forward to every single day- not to mention the fact that it’s so exciting to get to meet these amazing people in person!

All in all, it’s been a pleasure to work with so many talented and thoughtful people over the past few weeks, and I can’t wait to learn and experience more over the next two months!

Michelle, Fall 2016 Ad Sales Intern

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I have been at SiriusXM for almost a month now and my experience has been nothing but phenomenal thus far! Since my first day here everyone was welcoming and got me right up to speed with what was going on in our department. By my second week here I was able to sit in team meetings and give my insight on various projects that my mentors were working on. It is a great experience to be able to have my voice heard and just being able to feel like my input is being useful. I love that my role here does not limit me to just administrative work, but requires me to tap into my creative side and utilize my peers to create something that will go nation-wide. Currently, my mentor has me working on writing a few spot promos that will actually go on air! I thoroughly cannot wait to see what the next few weeks have left for me, but I am definitely continuing to absorb as much information and knowledge while I am here!