When I first uploaded my resume to be considered for an internship at SiriusXM, I never thought that I’d actually get a response back, or that I would have the chance to work for such an iconic name within the entertainment industry. And in no way did I ever think I would be given the opportunity to stay for an additional semester and intern in the department I had dreamed of working in my whole life.
As a Talent Relations intern, I was entrusted with assisting the talent team in pitching and booking guests in order to ensure that the shows at SiriusXM have a wide variety of celebrities and content on their channels. Since the producers rely on the talent department, I was required to learn all the steps in the booking process, keep track of a handful of documents, archive legal paperwork, and most importantly, understand how to solve problems on the fly, in order to make sure that guests arrive on time so that the shows run seamlessly. As a talent liaison, it was crucial to ensure talent and their reps left our studios having had a positive experience at SiriusXM, in order to create strong relationships with guests.
What made this experience all the more worthwhile was the SiriusXM staff I had the pleasure of working with over the course of my internship. The LA Office Manager and Talent Relations Coordinator, Jenny, was the most wonderful manager I could have ever asked for. She walked me through all the steps one-by-one and kept a “how-to” document on hand for me to refer to if I ever needed any extra help remembering tasks. She was beyond helpful in teaching me all that goes into Talent Relations and was happy to answer any/all questions I had regarding the department, SiriusXM, and the entertainment industry in general. When I was able to prove my capabilities, she even gave me additional tasks to work on and trusted me to assist with high-profile bookings. Her thoroughness throughout the internship has made feel confident in my Talent Relations knowledge and has made me realize that this is exactly what I’d like to do for a living!
Beyond what I learned, the connections I made here at the LA office is something that I consider extremely valuable. Everyone in our office was beyond kind and approachable which was extremely important because the Talent Relations department works in tandem with all other departments. They made me feel like I had always been a part of the team, never “just an intern.”
These eight months at SiriusXM have honestly been the absolute greatest and I am so grateful to the internship coordinators and managers who took a chance on me. I truly hope to be able to return to SiriusXM in the future and join the team full-time, in order to continue to help them further innovate and excel in the industry.