Dillon, Talk Programming Intern – NYC Office

There’s this truly validating, indescribable feeling that you get when you’re able to directly contribute to a project that you really care about – when you get to utilize your prior knowledge, while also learning, sometimes failing, and ultimately growing as person & media professional. That “feeling” is one I experienced every single day on-site at SiriusXM this past summer. Working with a team of talented, like-minded individuals proved things to me that I had never imagined I could visualize in only 10 weeks, and I am honored to share my experience with you now!

When I arrived at 1221’s 36th floor in June I brought along with me a desire to learn, and an open mind, and a positive attitude. I knew that this would be a place where I could help to make something fantastic and, honestly, that couldn’t have proved to be any truer. From my very first day, Volume’s light hearted, enthusiastic team had my education parallel the importance of their programming. Every task that I was assigned was purposeful – from picking up calls during rock radio legend Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation,” to mining interviews for interesting soundbites, to operating boards during a live program, I was constantly busy and presented with new challenges daily. Along the way, it was always made a point to show me anything there was to know about creating music-talk shows across all dayparts, as well as what it took to get them on-air outside the studio. Working with professional-grade automation systems, audio editing software, and broadcast equipment came with a learning curve of course, but all of the work that I produced while using them was meaningful, appreciated, and actually put to use.

Meeting and talking to rock legends was an added perk too – getting to snap a picture with Graham Nash isn’t something that everyone gets to do after all. Networking with guests and co-workers alike was essential as well. But what I appreciated most about interning with SiriusXM was the wealth of genuinely unique, useful experiences I was blessed with. I wanted to learn everything that I possibly could in only 2 months, and I can confidently say that I’ve done just that. I’ve had the chance to supplement content that I, as a fan, would love listening to – and that’s pretty spectacular.

I will truly miss greeting regular callers with “Trunk Nation! Can I get your name and where you’re calling from?” I’ll miss editing audio that eventually finds its place on air (and the advice I was given while doing so). And most importantly, I’ll miss the dedicated producers and hosts that I have had the honor to get to know and learn from. Ed, Alex, Matt, Evan, Kerry, Raven, and everybody else, thank you so much for everything! It’s been absolutely amazing to be part of the Volume team, and am inconceivably more prepared for a career in the radio/audio entertainment industries because of my time at SiriusXM.

Jane, Automatic Marketing Intern – NYC Office

As my summer internship wraps up, I cannot thank SiriusXM enough for this amazing opportunity where I expanded my skill set and portfolio. In such a short amount of time, I was able to learn about SiriusXM and their new partnership with Automatic. One of my favorite parts at the internship was helping out with the branding of Automatic and creating messaging for the dealers and consumers using different platforms and mediums.

SiriusXM is not your typical nine to five office job, with the work environment being fast-paced where passionate workers thrive, with creative ideas and innovative thinking. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to experience such inspiring employees, who love what they do.

An immense thank you to my mentor, Terry McGinty and the Automatic Team. They were essential in helping me achieve my goals, giving me guidance and valuable advice along the way. I picked up many skills as the internship progressed, with the Automatic Team giving me the freedom to truly dive in with the projects they were working on.

I can’t help but feel sad as I have to say goodbye to the team soon and the other interns. This summer has been one to remember and I will be forever grateful for this summer internship experience and the connections I have made.

Andrew, Music Programming Intern – NYC Office

This summer I had the chance to intern with Sway In tH Morning on Shade 45. It has been an amazing experience just being a part of the crew and learning in the process as well. Since high school I’ve been a fan of the show and to be able to work on it and be there for special moments and moments will go down in history. I followed Sway starting with the cyphers and freestyles and just being an important figure in hip hop along with Heather B. Not only have they helped many talented artists get recognition in hip hop and beyond, but the also helped me and taught me a lot during this whole process.

I was nervous the first couple of days but soon got acclimated and understood what I needed to do everything was fine from then on. Everyone not he team is nice and available as well to talk to with any questions or concerns. I felt more than just an intern to be honest and they even said I was an assistant, when you’re on the show you’re one of the crew and you get to help out in more ways than one. Meeting celebrities was cool but hanging out with the team was honestly the best part of the day. No matter who it was Sway, Heather, Tracy, DB, OQ. DJ Wonder, Kelly Kinkaid, Mike Muse, or Rich Nice all treated me with respect and always gave me the confidence to do what I had to do.

While interning I learned how to use some of the software used in shows, how segments are made and presented, how to interact with guests and callers and more. Everyday there were new guests and new topics that were being brought up and it was never boring. I learned how the videos get up on youtube, the way zetta and ingest wizard operate. I can truly say that this was an amazing experience and enjoyed every single minute of it and am sad to leave but happy that I learned so much in the process and was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Siyi, Advanced Analytics Intern – NYC Office

I had a fruitful summer interning in SiriusXM NYC office. Before doing this internship, my goal was to get some hands-on experience as a data scientist to figure out whether I wanted to pursue it as a career. After a summer, I learned so much more than what I expected. I adjusted my perception of what a data scientist’s typical day looks like, I had some new projects to put on my resume, I learned different philosophies in data analysis, I made some good friends, and I found some potential career paths that I am interested in.

I really appreciate SiriusXM offering this internship opportunity that supplements me with knowledge that I couldn’t learn from school. It is the most valuable summer I had!

Tess, Digital Content Intern – NYC Office

Wow! After 10 weeks interning for SiriusXM, I am still speechless. SiriusXM went out of their way to ensure I had a successful internship.

As a Digital Content Intern, I truly got a taste of multiple sides of the business. Coming into this internship as a telecommunications major, I knew I wanted to edit video content, but I never imagined I would get to do some of the other tasks I was privileged enough to perform. I helped with daily shoots, which ranged from Town Hall events and radio interviews, to live studio sessions with major artists. My days were filled with creating, editing, and learning — all skills that I will cherish and bring with me in my future career.

My superiors and every individual I worked with in my department were the most welcoming, kind and helping people I have ever been surrounded by. I knew they were looking out for me and were happy to help answer any question that I had. They took the time to teach and get to know me on an individual basis, which is critical when in an unfamiliar environment. This is a fast-paced department and I was given responsibilities as if I were an employee, not an intern. I appreciate everything they did to help me grow this summer, and I plan on keeping in touch once the summer ends.

I thought being around actors and musicians every day was going to be the best part of my summer, but I have to say that the people I worked with and the lessons I learned were the greatest part of this internship. I cannot thank SiriusXM and the Digital Team enough for the perfect summer!

Asher, Business Intelligence IT Intern – NYC Office

Working as an intern at SiriusXM has indeed been a rewarding experience.  I remember my first day at work. We had an orientation by the HR team and then redirected to our mentors. My mentor welcomed me and directed me to my desk. My mentor made  sure I got all the required accesses and information. I was made aware of the BI architecture team structure by my mentor and I was introduced to the team. Everyone in the team was welcoming and friendly. Over the period of time , I got the opportunity to connect with many of the members from my team and know their experience at SiriusXM.

I got the privilege to work on real projects right from the second week. I was given the chance to take initiatives and lead a task whenever possible. I am  thankful to my mentor and all other team members to take time from their busy schedule to answer all my queries.

We also had team lunches and outings occasionally. The Snack and Learn information sessions did help in getting to know the company outside my team. I got to experience the corporate culture and enhance my classroom learning by putting it into practice in real world projects here at SiriusXM.

I would surely recommend an internship to everyone and I myself look forward to come back to SiriusXM some day.

Matt, Talk Programming Intern – NYC Office

During the 2018 summer, I had the privilege of interning for SiriusXM’s Progress 127 channel under the talk-programming internship program. Under this internship, I was assigned to intern for four different shows within the Progress 127 channel. All four shows broadcasted out of the same the studio in SiriusXM’s 1221 office.

Leading up to the internship I was beyond excited to start this journey. I was excited to see how a real radio station operates in comparison to how my college’s radio station, that I work for, operates. Though, I was also a bit nervous about what lay ahead. Firstly, this was my first internship in my radio career. I also did not have all the details of what the internship at SiriusXM, which is a huge corporation that plays a large part in the lives of its millions of subscribers, would exactly entail.

The first few days were a bit intimidating as I was trying to find my way around the 1221 office, tried to recall the names of the different individual’s that I was going to be working with, and tried to get used to the pace of the Progress 127 channel. Lastly on top of all of that, I was also trying to get used to the goals that each of the different producers, that I worked with for each of the four shows, envisioned for me. Though, I was doing a lot of the same work for each show, each show that I worked on navigated doing the same tasks through a bit of a different lens.

As time went on, I got more comfortable working with the Progress 127 team and also felt more confident walking around 1221’s office. I also found myself taking on more initiatives once I felt that my mentor was able to trust me with the various tasks that were being thrown my way.

This internship truly gave me a wide variety of experiences due to the fact that I was assigned tasks ranging from pre-production to post-production work. Some of the pre-show work included: looking up information regarding the different interviewees and putting interview questions together for the hosts to ask their guests, recording audio clips for the upcoming shows, putting a clip sheet together, creating show cut sheets with a rundown of times for commercial breaks and interviews for the upcoming shows.

During the live-shows I did quite a bit as well. Some of this work including: setting up the studio prior to the start of the shows, greeting in-studio guests and bringing them into the studio, screening calls that came in during the duration of the live shows, operating the board, calling guests on the phone and getting them ready to be interviewed on air, logging shows by keeping a record of the topics/guests that were being discussed/interviewed respectively on the shows and tweeting out on our station’s twitter page.

The work did not end there. There were tasks that still had to be completed after each show. These post-production responsibilities included: saving on-air recorded shows in each show’s respective daily folder, creating audiograms, moving files to Profit in order for pre-recorded interviews to be played on their own during live shows, and editing audio from recorded shows with Adobe Audition. Being able to see how a SiriusXM radio show is run from start to finish was one of the biggest rewards of this internship. I gained a new appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into every aspect of every single show that gets aired.

Throughout the semester, there were Snack and Learns as well. The “Snack and Learn” series were short sessions that were intended to advance the interns’ knowledge of the SiriusXM workplace. It was nice to have different speakers at these events; they all gave my food for thought. These sessions were also a nice way of regrouping with the other interns who I did not always have the chance to run into on a constant basis since everyone had different schedules working within different sectors within the overall SiriusXM company.

Looking back there were definitely ups and downs throughout my time at SiriusXM.  I was challenged to be my best and was pushed out of my comfort zone. I have also become more politically active than before working on the Progress 127 channel. Though as an overall, I loved this internship experience and will cherish this experience for the rest of my career. When I applied for this position, there was one sentence in the description that stuck out to me. This line said something like: “interns do more than just get coffee”. Initially, I did not know whether or not to believe this line. Though, after completing this internship I can confirm that line is very true. Interns do truly do more than just coffee. This internship taught me valuable skills that I will take with me during my future endeavors and helped me develop skills that will stay with me for the rest of my radio career. I hope to even bring back some of the skill that I learned at this internship to the radio station that I am a part of at my college.

I plan to stay in touch with my mentor and those individuals that made a lasting impression on me throughout my time this summer. Thank you to my mentor as well as all of the individuals at SiriusXM for guiding me this summer, giving me lots of advice and making this a “sirius-ly” life-changing experience.

Daniella – Country Music Programming (The Highway) Intern – Nashville Office

As my time in Nashville winds down, it’s still so surreal that I got the chance to intern in the SiriusXM offices this summer. Making the move to Nashville was a little bit daunting at first, but it has been the most rewarding experience. In these past ten weeks, I’ve learned so much from this internship and every single person I’ve met here.

Being a longtime listener of SiriusXM, and especially The Highway, working here was something I always dreamt of. On top of that, being a huge country music fan, it’s unbelievable that I got to work in this environment. From spending Wednesday mornings hanging out with Storme, MC, and Tommy on the Storme Warren morning show, to enjoying Fridays with Producer Josh and Buzz Brainard for the Music Row Happy Hour show at Margaritaville, every day at this internship has been so exciting.

This summer I’ve learned so much about radio and how this company works. I’ve sat in on interviews with everyone from new artists to big stars, gained experience prepping shows, researched to write on-air scripts, and interacted with tons of SiriusXM subscribers in-person and on social media. It’s been so cool to watch all the on-air personalities conduct their shows and to just be a part of everything that happens behind the scenes to make The Highway (Ch. 56) as great as it is.

A big thank you to the whole Nashville team—they have all made me feel so welcomed here from Day 1 and I’m super grateful I got to join them for a bit. Especially, a big thank you to Emily, my mentor, who has been such a great role model to me! This is one internship experience I will miss tremendously and remember forever. Thanks for this opportunity, SiriusXM!

John, Folk Music Programming Intern – DC Office

I have been listening to SiriusXM for most of my life, and have been interested in working in auditory media for some time. So when I received the offer to intern for the company back in March, I knew I had landed my dream internship. Still, that didn’t stop me from having a few points of nervousness. For one, it would be my first big job after declaring a major in multimedia journalism a little over a year ago. Additionally, it would mean having to make a major adjustment to living and working in a busy, urban environment; both my college and my hometown are surrounded by farmland on all sides.

From the first moments of my new intern orientation on June 6, I knew that I was right where I was supposed to be. I saw that the people at SiriusXM are, above all else, passionate about bringing great music, news, sports reporting and other media to the people with a personal touch; my supervisor, Mary Sue, is the quintessence of such fervor. From my first day, Mary Sue dedicated herself to teaching me the artful balance of creating a quality product that meets listeners’ needs and wants, all while making one’s love for great music evident in one’s efforts and maintaining a sense of professionalism. These aspects of my training would come to inform my work in editing artist interviews, creating audio-visual presentations for social media, and interacting with artists one-on-one as they visited the DC office.

Meanwhile, the rest of the full-time music programming staff instantly made me feel right at home as a coworker, often asking about my work with the company as well as my personal interests and passions. A great example of the SiriusXM staff’s dedication to my having a formative, well-rounded internship experience was when I asked Sean, another supervisor of mine, if he could help me set up an appointment with the producers of the P.O.T.U.S. political talk channel. He was more than happy to accommodate my request, and everyone I met at the channel was very attentive in teaching me as much as they could in the hour that I spent with them.

My two months as a music programming intern at SiriusXM exceeded my expectations in how they shaped and grew me, and I would recommend the experience to anyone looking to pursue a career in auditory media production. From navigating complex computer programs and trimming voice recordings to meeting incredible musicians like John Oates (yes, you read that correctly), everything task I accomplished refined my skills as a media professional and was wholly satisfying, as it felt wonderful to know that the work I was directly impacting both the channels I worked with and their audiences. Thank you to everyone who made this unforgettable summer possible.

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

My experience as an intern at Sirius XM has been amazing. On my first day, I couldn’t contain the adrenaline rush I felt when I first walked into the building at 1221 – Avenue of the Americas. For the past 10 weeks, I have had the privilege of working with incredible people and gained invaluable experience.

When I was assigned to ‘Tell Me Everything’ with John Fugelsang, I didn’t know what to expect. The talk show programming exposed me to wonderful on air conversations with various guests. The conversations dealt with politics, media, religion and pop culture. The environment expanded my knowledge beyond my expectations. In addition, my internship experience included research for specific on air segments, operating a sound board, creating content from scratch, ‘man on the street’ interviews and audio editing.

Along this journey, I always felt my contributions were valued. Thank you Xorje for guiding me with the tools and experience to move forward successfully and to Tatiana and John for all your support. Thank you SiriusXM for this great opportunity as I take one step further in my professional journey.