Leonora, Talk Programming Intern, UrbanView – NYC Office

I have worked in the realms of the entertainment industry for over 5 years. About 3 years ago, I was invited to Sirius radio to aid with social media content during a live show. Before I left, I said to myself, I must work here. Interning for SiriusXM has more than confirmed my thoughts from my initial impression. I interned for the Karen Hunter Show/ SiriusXM UrbanView ch.126, for two semesters. I have learned and experienced more than I thought I would, through an internship. During this internship, I have built valuable relationships. I also expanded my skillset and knowledge in various areas pertaining to programming, production, events, campaigns, board engineering, social media marketing and some of the technical aspects of running a channel.

During my time Interning for SiriusXM UrbanView, I had the honor of working with other producers to launch Karen Hunter’s ‘Voter Registration’ campaign, a movement that I strongly believe in. I curated the social media campaign for the launch of 7 new shows on the channel. I gained experience and became fluid in producing a show from start to finish; from show prep, to completing tasks during a live show, to board operations, to post show tasks. I also enjoyed the diverse relationships I’ve gained through booking guest across the channel, networking, working with talent acquisition and producers, and through working with host during live and pre-tape shows. There have been so many amazing experiences that I will never forget. I’ve conducted both live and pre-tape shows, conducted interviews for media packaging purposes, completed several projects and managed the channels social media platforms. I had the honor of being a part of over 7 Town Hall Specials, 4 (+) discussion panels and events (both on and offsite). For these events I aided in preparation, worked as a social media correspondent, and curated media packages for post promotions. I remember prepping to launch Karen Hunter’s ‘Voter Registration’ Drive and Tour, completing my task for her live shows and co-producing 3 specials within the span of two weeks: NAMIC NY, BE@T Time inc., SiriusXM’s AAG- African American Affinity Group “Overcoming the Color Barrier to Senior Leadership and Black Economic Empowerment in the Era 45. It was hectic but an experience I will never forget. My experience with this internship has proven to me, that I can handle anything that comes my way and provide results. It has also solidified my passion for producing, radio broadcasting, using my platform to make a change and this industry overall.

Although there were challenges, they were very exciting and informative. I truly enjoyed learning and being a part of SiriusXM’s team. We worked together to create ideas, execute our ideas through strategy and team work, and worked hard to fulfill goals. My mentors allowed me to truly dive in and gave me valuable advice and guidance along the way. They challenged me to set goals and excel past the expectations of just completing them. Karen Hunter and her team are resilient and have accomplished great things during my two semesters interning for the channel. They kept me busy with valuable work which ultimately expanded my portfolio and skillset. Thank you, Karen , Jameson , Anthony , Stephanie and Tremell for being life changing Mentors!! Thank you, Godfrey, for memorable moments during the Power Hour and to all the hosts of the channel. I will never forget my experience here. Karen you are such a phenomenal woman and I will forever be inspired by you. Thank you SiriusXM for everything!!

Lindsay, Public Relations Intern – NYC Office

 

Having that “city girl” internship experience had always been a dream of mine. Taking the train and the Subway and knowing exactly where I’m going. Swiping my fancy badge in the lobby to get into the elevator. Sitting in meetings with views of the city far below. And SiriusXM has given me that opportunity, as cheesy as it may sound!

As the sole public relations intern, I was first nervous that I wouldn’t be able to handle the workload, or that I would get lonely sitting at intern row. But only a few weeks in that fear was dispelled. Sure I’m busy a LOT, but I’m finally putting the skills of PR I’ve learned in school to the test! And my mentors here have been so helpful, and they give me freedom to do tasks that a junior level PR associate would be doing. Being the only PR intern has also given me the opportunity to work in different areas of SiriusXM: music, sports, politics, you name it. One day I could be writing a press release for talk show launching, and the next day I’m running Getty photographers from studio to studio to take photos of the countless celebrities that walk through our doors.

My favorite experience though has to be working a SiriusXM subscriber concert with Jason Aldean. My mentor brought me along to help handle the photographer and media check-in. So it was not only a learning experience, but I got to see Jason Aldean in a small intimate venue for free. Talk about internship perks!

This internship has been the perfect ending to my college career and I’m so sad to see it end. The professional connections I’ve made here I hope to keep as I begin my journey into the workforce in just a few short months.

Jillian, Sports Programming Intern – NYC Office

When I decided to pursue sports broadcasting back in high school I always thought about how cool it would be to work in the field and be around so many players current and retired. But, I didn’t think I’d meet so many people right away. During my time here so far I’ve met so many players and talked to so many coaches and it’s been so awesome! A dream come true actually.

Though meeting all the players and coaches has been extremely awesome, my favorite aspect of the internship has been working with my producer, Louie, and board ops, Lexi and Danny. They are so much fun and have helped me learn much more about the field than I already knew. My internship here has definitely been one of my favorite experiences throughout my college career.

Over the last few weeks I have felt my confidence grow in regards to giving ideas on what to come out of breaks with, talking with Louie, Lexi and Danny about current topics, and just a general confidence in myself and the field. My internship here at Sirius has greatly impacted my love for sports radio.

Jane, Folk Music Programming Intern – DC Office

As a senior about to graduate from Georgetown University with a dream of following my passion for music, I wanted to spend this final semester learning everything I could about the music industry.  With a background in the label world after two internships at Sony Music, I hoped to immerse myself in another branch of the business to broaden my knowledge. An internship at SiriusXM was the perfect opportunity. After three months working with Mary Sue and Sean in Music Programming, I certainly achieved my goal. I have learned an incredible amount and gained a perspective on music, artists, the recording process and touring process that has improved my understanding of the industry and also deepened my passion for a career in music at the same time.

One of the aspects of my internship that I find very engaging is the use of computer software – namely Zetta and Adobe Audition. As someone with a natural interest in technology, I have really enjoyed the process of learning how to use these programs. Since I was not familiar with either before the internship, I have been learning as I go – with Mary Sue’s and Sean’s guidance, of course. I feel that I have absorbed quickly and am now comfortable using the programs to mix radio shows, set seg points, channelize songs and edit artist interviews. I have developed a passion for editing and post-production that I hope to pursue in a career after the internship.

I also enjoyed attending artist interviews and recording sessions, which provided an invaluable look into behind-the-scenes of SiriusXM. As a seasoned radio interviewer with a natural skill for engaging artists, Mary Sue has demonstrated how to speak with artists, ask informed questions that elicit personal responses and construct a narrative through the editing process. In the past two months, I worked on a range of projects in this area including an interview with folk trio I’m With Her, a recording session with Drew & Ellie Holcomb, and a playlist segment with the rising band First-Aid Kit. Each of these taught me something new about working with artists and piqued my interest in the interview and recording process.

My favorite moment of the semester so far was presenting the members of I’m With Her with a harmonic analysis I completed of their song “See You Around.” I had previously mentioned to Mary Sue that I was preparing for a Music Theory exam, so she asked me to listen to the album and discover an interesting nugget to mention in the interview. The artists loved the analysis and were so appreciative I had taken a deeper look into their work and created a personal reflection on it. Developing this unique bond with the artist was inspiring and I hope to connect with many more artists like this in the future.

Morgan, Digital Content Intern – NYC Office

SiriusXM is really the place for everyone. I applied to Digital Content thinking I would get a little social media experience, but I never expected that I’d get to build my video shooting and editing skills too! This department is so talented and filled with the kindest people, in fact I think the whole company is. I haven’t met a single person yet who isn’t supportive. The interns here are treated like part of the family. It’s such a great environment to learn in, and you really learn a lot. In digital content, I’ve written blog posts for the newsletter, helped shoot and edit videos that get pushed out on social media, and I’ve even gotten to create content from scratch. After this experience with SiriusXM, I feel more than prepared to enter the work world. I highly recommend this internship program to anyone who wants good mentors who allow you to do real work and get a full experience.

Sean, Sports Programming Intern – NYC Office

With this being my second time interning with SiriusXM Sports, I really wanted to appreciate and value my time here. The first time was an eye opening experience of what was expected of me, while I did learn a lot and had a lot of fun in the process, I came back, because I feel I didn’t learn everything I wanted. This time, I knew what to expect and I knew I could perform at a higher level. I can proudly say coming back to intern for a second time at SiriusXM was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This Spring I interned with “The SiriusXM Blitz” on NFL Radio, and I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. The one thing I can proudly say about both of my internships, you are there to work, not to get coffee and learn nothing. In just two months, I learned so much more about the board, editing, screening phone calls, professionalism, you name it, the internship taught me it. In this internship especially, I have learned so much about myself as well as my skills, and everyday I see myself becoming more confident and feeling confident that I can one day do this for a living. SiriusXM is a great place to work, I have the unbelievable opportunity to be a two time intern here, and I wouldn’t change any of it for anything. If you are looking for a place where you will learn about the business and how to perform in it, look no further, I would know, I did it twice.

William, Talk Programming Intern – ‘Tell Me Everything’ with John Fugelsang – NYC Office

Coming in on day one at SiriusXM, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. I knew that I’d be involved in some prep work for the show, although I probably wasn’t able to fully define what the “prep work” was at that time. While I was unsure what to expect, I managed to stay excited, since I’m the type of person who is willing and able to learn new things. My primary goal coming in was to learn enough through my internship to feel ready to work here. I started out doing little things like researching authors who will be guests on the show and finding album anniversaries and artist birthdays, since that usually has an influence on music we play on the show. These small responsibilities eventually grew into bigger ones, like doing “man on the street” interviews to air on the show and pitching segments and game ideas to fill time slots on the show.

As far as the show itself and the work inside the studio goes, I came in with minimal knowledge. I’d never ran a sound board before, but hey, answering the phones was pretty easy! While the sound board looked daunting at first, luckily, I had a great teacher in Xorje, who was willing to work with me. Luckily I was able to learn the board pretty quickly and become comfortable. After about a week, I was running the board mostly on my own, asking Xorje a few questions along the way to make sure I was doing everything correctly. Although now, at this point, I’ve grown confident enough to the point that I rarely have question.

Aside from the job itself, the overall work environment at SiriusXM is absolutely awesome. Aside from making friends on my show itself, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet a ton of new people around the office, which has been amazing. Everyone is friendly and seems driven to do their job well and efficiently. Moving forward, I feel that the next major thing I want to learn is more about how the VxPro box works. That box essentially holds and controls everything as far as the show goes, and I know that sometimes you’ll need to do a few things on it to ensure the show runs smoothly, therefore I’d like to learn more about how it works and how to operate it.

Overall, my experience with SiriusXM has been AMAZING! I feel as if I’m learning new things everyday which will ultimately help me once I graduate and get out into a career. Xorje has been an excellent mentor and teacher and he is always willing to help me when I need it. In addition, it has been a ton of fun getting to know the guys on the show, and being able to joke around with them on-air from time to time. I can honestly say that I’ve learned far more here than I’ve ever learned in a class. I would absolutely recommend SiriusXM to anybody looking to pursue a career in radio. I feel that what I’ve learned here will stay with me for years to come.