Pennie, The Jenny McCarthy Show Intern – NYC Offices

My experience as a SiriusXM intern on the Jenny McCarthy Show was more than I could have ever imagined. I am a 2nd year graduate student at The New School and originally from Houston, Texas. I moved to NYC to pursue my dreams as a multimedia professional. I always felt a bit behind in my career because I studied psychology in undergrad and discovered my passion for media towards the end of my undergraduate career. I had plans on becoming a psychiatrist until a friend and I developed a talk show for YouTube and I immediately fell in love with the field.

One of my major goals on my 2017 vision board was to intern for a major radio platform like SiriusXM. I knew that an internship with this company would be a great step towards my ultimate goals. I wanted to learn the ins and outs of producing/hosting a radio show on a large platform. When I got the call that I was chosen for the internship program I was so excited and shocked. The radio industry is very competitive and thousands of people apply to be an intern each semester. Getting this chance was very monumental for me because it let me know that packing my bags and leaving my old life in Texas was ultimately the best decision. It was reassuring to know that someone believed in my talent and potential enough to mentor me and allow me into their workspace.

Everyone on the team at The Jenny McCarthy Show welcomed me with open arms and made me feel comfortable, they are so understanding, sweet, and super funny! I have done a lot of internships in media before and this experience has by far been the best and most inclusive. Over the past 10 weeks, I truly felt a part of the show. I was able to sharpen up on my audio and video editing skills. Seeing my work on the shows YouTube channel and hearing the audio clips that I worked on during the live show was awesome. I learned the ins and outs of the NexGen Digital software, how to run the broads, how to upload shows for the SiriusXM On Demand App, and how to properly screen calls. I was also given complete creative control when it came to Instagram stories during guest interviews. The highlight of my internship was being able to showcase my talents as an aspiring on-air personality/host. Jenny allowed me to speak on topics and weigh in on the discussion and I produced/hosted 2 segments all on my own.

I met some amazing people that I hope to stay in contact with forever. Thank you so much, David, Michele, and Nicole, you guys are the best and I will cherish this forever. Jenny, thank you so much for always being so kind to me and allowing me to use my voice on certain topics and issues. I promise to make you all proud. Lastly, Alison thank you for all of your advice, thanks for believing in me and for always being so easy to communicate with!

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