My internship at SiriusXM’s Classical Channel has been a wonderful experience thus far. By the first day of work, I had outlined a series of goals with my fantastic mentor, David. David’s long and fruitful career within the classical music industry has made him the perfect mentor, as his passion only motivates me to achieve my own goals. These goals have included how to interview for future jobs and networking, music programming, and learning the ins and outs of different computer tools used in the business. I hope that by the end of my internship, I might have the opportunity to program a music segment that will air on the radio. This opportunity is not your typical nine to five office job, and I think that the end product speaks for that fact.
This past week, I received my first real media badge while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the National Harbor as an intern for the P.O.T.U.S. channel. CPAC is a four day conference for the GOP that is meant to be a time to carve out a message for the party while also hearing from some of the GOP’s top members. Notable speakers at this year’s CPAC included President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Steve Bannon, and Reince Priebus. While at first glance CPAC may appear to be just a huge pep rally for the GOP, it actually serves an incredibly important purpose in allowing Republicans from all over the country to congregate and define what their party stands for. The biggest lesson I learned from this experience is that on-location broadcast does not always go as planned. On one of the days of CPAC, all media was forced to leave the building while they did a security sweep before Pence could enter the building. This meant our usual host at this time was not be able to broadcast for an hour, so one of our other staff members that is not usually on the air had to jump on the mic back at the studio. Experiencing CPAC as an intern allowed me to have a glance into what it’s like when shows here at SiriusXM broadcast from important political events.
Interning with Jenny McCarthy at SiriusXM has taught me a lot about my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. I initially wanted to work on a music show with Sirius, but agreed to work in talk programming when the music position was filled and no longer available. Although hesitant prior to the beginning of my internship, I quickly adjusted to the talk radio atmosphere and can see myself continuing along this path in the future. I love talk radio’s fast-paced environment and the cheeky style of Jenny’s show. I have noticed that while everyone working on the show likes to have fun, they take their jobs very seriously. The show takes on a sarcastic tone that is hard to abandon off the air, but everyone who works on the show does an amazing job of balancing humor with hard work. My multi-tasking abilities were put to the test this week when two of the four people working on the show were out sick. I had to perform my regular intern duties while also filling in for one of the show’s producers. This gave me the opportunity to take on more responsibility and show my capabilities to my mentors. I would like to continue taking on difficult and demanding tasks for the show. The show’s producers asked me to compile a list of potential guests for the show (an assignment I thoroughly enjoyed and it felt great to know my thoughts and ideas were valued). This is something I hope to do more of throughout my internship. Once I sent the list in, the producers told me how impressed they were. I plan to keep a running list of potential guests to send to them weekly. Additionally, I look forward to other radio production tasks such as audio editing in order to expand my radio repertoire.
Today makes the third completed week of my internship and I have to say, I’m having a great experience so far and I am so thankful to be here! I have learned quite a few things from my mentor and other members of the Creative Services department. Working with this team, I have witnessed how important the department is to SiriusXM. Well, I’m pretty sure every department is very important, but I I am apart of one of the best teams here at SiriusXM. Creative Services works with every team to help create and brand creative ways to expand the company. One experience that stood out to the most was designing logos for new music channels with the graphic designers! I also went to an event for Black History Month, Disruptors: Past, Present, and Future which was great and very informative. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to SiriusXM employees from multiple departments. I can’t wait to experience more at SiriusXM!
So far my time at Sirius XM has been great, not only am I reinforcing and learning new skills within finance but it has also exposed me to a different culture than my previous internship at a large investment bank. My team has given me projects and daily duties that allow me to see the trends in our business and I am able to produce meaningful work. I look forward to the month close coming up and to putting together our part of the Q1 earnings.