A Farewell Celebration for the Fall 2016 Interns

Saying goodbye to the fall interns was hard, but I am thrilled that some of the interns will be returning for the spring session to gain more experience and knowledge from our mentors.  There were 56 SiriusXM Interns this fall and each one of them worked so hard and I know their futures will be filled with success.  It was a joy to guide and lead a group of bright, creative, hard working, and respectful students.  Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Class!

Zameer, Information Technology Intern – N.Y.C. Office

(Written on 12/16/16)

As the semester comes to an end, I have to say that this program has been a very exciting, adventurous, and educational experience for me, and I wish it could have been longer. The internship program taught me so many things I never knew before and gave me the experiences I never had previously. Compared to the old internship I had done before, this internship definitely takes the cake. It gave me first-hand experience on how a big company like SiriusXM operates and treated me as if I was an employee working with them rather than an intern that knew nothing.

I picked up many skills along the way as the internship progressed with the guidance of David and Sami. Both of them showed me the difficulties of the IT field, as well as how exciting it could be, seeing as how technology is always developing every year. They taught me how to think when certain situations arise, as well as how to take the initiative in my work in the case that they’re not around to help if I’m stuck. On a personal note, they also helped me to overcome my shyness, seeing as how my work involved talking to a lot of different people everyday, whether in person or through email.

I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity to do this internship program. Thank you Bonnie and SiriusXM for accepting me into the program!

Ciara, Talk Programming Intern – N.Y.C. Office

 

(written on 12/12/16)

 As a talk programming intern, I have been exposed to various diverse aspects of what it takes to produce and execute a radio show. I have spent the past thirteen weeks absorbing new information each week, and now having brought me to a point at the end where it is hard to say goodbye. Having worked so hard to balance school and my work at SiriusXM, the past three and a half months have allowed me to grow so much as a person and professional. Working early hours with Wake Up With Taylor was an experience that I had not originally knew how to approach, but I went in with an open heart and mind, willing to put in work, it has been nothing but rewarding.

 Aside from learning various audio editing skills that I was not exposed to in my school course work, I was able to bond with amazing peers and professionals to create bonds that I would trade nothing for. I have become part of a intelligent and loving community at SiriusXM and would recommend the experience to any interested and ambitious young professional. Leaving SiriusXM, now after a long semester, I look back and appreciate all the opportunities I was given and all the memories I made while I worked. It truly was an environment where work was more like having fun, and the work we put in made for impressive and authentic outcomes. I leave with a heavy heart, but with hopeful perspective that I will be back for more! I will never be able to quantify the valuable and enjoyable experience I have had at SiriusXM and will forever look back on it as a moving experience for me.

 

Katherine, Customer Retention Marketing Intern – N.Y.C. Office

(written on 11/30/16)

As the semester comes to an end I can’t help but look back at all I’ve learned at SiriusXM in such a short amount of time. Working in such a specialized area of marketing, Customer Retention Marketing, has helped me to learn so many specifics about this field that I would have never learned otherwise. Thanks to my mentor and the other members of the Customer Retention Marketing team I have also learned so much about the marketing field in general. Getting to talk to SiriusXM employees about their backgrounds before coming to SiriusXM and any advice they would have about working in the marketing field has been so beneficial. Over the past semester I have gained so much knowledge and have experienced so many unforgettable experiences thanks to this internship at SiriusXM.

Lauren, Digital Marketing Intern – D.C. Office

(post written on 11/29/16)

It’s almost scary to think about how quickly this semester at SiriusXM has gone by! I only have 3 more work days before I have to say goodbye to all my co-workers and wrap up my internship here. Balancing being a full time student with working at SiriusXM has been a challenge, but one that I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of. The constant fast-paced work environment at SiriusXM is one that I thrive in because of how stimulating the work is and how passionate all the employees are about their jobs. I can’t help but notice there are many employees that have been here for nearly 10 years or more just because of how much they enjoy their work.

Over the past month since my last blog post, I have worked extensively in Adobe Analytics. Lara, a senior analyst, has trained me in using this program to create different types of reports. She even began to train me on a more complicated extension of Adobe called Ad Hoc Analysis. This program allows people to make more in-depth, filtered reports on website data and map out customer journeys based on their clicks. This tool was actually extremely helpful when going through the exercise of customer mapping, to see how people navigate our website. Using Adobe Analytics, I was even able to help out the director of senior programming by creating a Traffic & Weather internal key word search report for his project!

Another very interesting program I have been briefed on is called Axure. After interviewing Zak who is Director of User Experience, I became very interested in learning the fundamentals of creating wireframes since it seemed to overlap a lot with design. This program essentially builds web pages without the back end code. This makes the entire process of redesigning the website a lot smoother. In order to further understand how to use it, I have been watching tutorials and looking at other employee’s past wireframe designs.  This has definitely sparked my interest and could be something that I further look into after my internship!

Recently, many of the tools that SiriusXM uses on a day to day basis for marketing purposes are at the end of their contract and we are in the process of either re-contracting or finding a new service. Some of the biggest assignments I have completed consist of competitor research for new social media publishing tools, Usability platforms, and Survey companies. This type of analysis has been interesting to see the wide array of companies that focus specifically on enhancing different aspects of digital marketing. It has allowed me to realize the extent to which “marketing” has become such an important and valued department in every business. There is a growing emphasis on making sure companies are marketing in the most efficient way possible in order to reach their target audiences.

The past 3 months here have been such a treat. I am so thankful for my time at SiriusXM, being able to learn the basics of many different web analysis tools and for meeting the amazing employees who have helped me develop my professional career goals. Everyone has been genuinely interested in helping me grow as an intern and show me their passions of why they come into work every day. Thanks for everything, SiriusXM!