Garrett, Summer 2016 Marketing Intern

 

With one third of my SiriusXM internship complete, I have found the atmosphere and culture of the office to be one that other companies should strive to achieve. Employees have the freedom to go about their days in a relaxed yet productive manner, and I believe this inspires most people’s best work. Everyone holds themselves accountable, and this mentality translates to success for the entire organization.

Working on the Conversion Marketing Team has provided the opportunity to contribute the Marketing Department’s efforts from Day 1. By the end of the first week, my mentor and I had laid out a plan of action to analyze the subject lines that are used in emails to free trial customers. At the end of the summer, I will be able to report back whether certain tones, words, symbols and other devices encourage greater conversions from a free trial to a paid subscription. Knowing that the work I am doing can help the department operate more efficiently, and thus save the company money, provides the necessary motivation to work hard and consistently strive to contribute.

My main takeaway from the first month has been that even though SiriusXM employs hundreds of individuals, everyone must come together to be able to achieve a singular goal. A great deal of my work involves interacting with others, and I would not be able to complete my own tasks without their cooperation. The support system that exists between departments like Creative, Programming, Legal, and many others is crucial, and having the opportunity to experience the interactions between people from different teams on a daily basis has been extremely valuable.

Ilyssa, Summer 2016 Talk Programming Intern

I was a little nervous about this internship at first. I didn’t know how fast paced or intense everything was going to be or if my bosses or other interns were going to like me. I’ve also gone back and forth between television, radio, and writing with other internships and other experiences at my college. But by far, interning with SiriusXM is basically the best experience of my entire college career. I’m enjoying every minute of my time.

 

I work with Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang on SiriusXM Insight (Ch. 121) and everyone has been extremely kind and helpful. Fun fact: Our senior producer Neil Golub graduated from my college, SUNY Oswego. I was extremely surprised when he told me. My mentor, Xorje, has been extremely helpful, kind, and easy-going as well. John Fugelsang himself is also very knowledgeable about the topics given to him, from politics and the never ending Donald Trump hate to the treatment of dogs in animal shelters to general relationship stuff. As John puts it, the channel is basically NPR with humor. The show is a perfect fit for me.

 

You definitely won’t feel like the intern that just goes to get coffee. You’re actually working on the show: from pitching ideas to taking phone calls to working the sound board. My biggest project this internship is to come up with a few new segment ideas for the show. I have a few ideas in mind already, but I hope one of them really takes off before the internship is over. I’ve also met a wide range of celebrities that have come on to the show (ex. Judah Friedlander (best known as Frank from 30 Rock), Brent Spiner, Rita Coolidge, Tavis Smiley) as well as names I’ve never heard of. One time, we even had a cat guru call in to the show.

 

Side note, I also went by Nick Jonas as I was walking into work one morning. I’m not kidding. I walked by Nick Jonas and I think he smiled at me as I passed by.

 

Working on TME and at SiriusXM in general have given me a much clearer direction of what I want to do after college, as well as a fun experience you wish will never end.

 

 

Regan, Summer 2016 Marketing Intern (D.C. Office)

I cannot believe that June is almost over, my time spent interning at SiriusXM has flown by.  As this is my first internship, initially it was a little overwhelming, running around to different meetings, meeting many very interesting people, and learning basic office procedures.  But overall, the entire experience has been nothing but enjoyable so far thanks to the amazingly welcoming and supportive atmosphere here.

 

I have been working with Database Marketing and Affinity Partnerships to help target the market of used car buyers and college students.  I have been compiling data to create a history of the marketing leads provided by third party companies to later reveal market trends.  I also have been researching different music streaming companies and their marketing strategies, particularly how they target college students.   I look forward to learning all the interesting aspects of general office work as well as marketing specifically.

Kavya, Summer 2016 Business Intelligence Intern

 

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This is my second internship with SiriusXM as a Business Intelligence Intern with the data architecture team and it has been one hell of an experience! Internships change the way you look at everything you have learnt in school. My internship taught me how the corporate world works and how my skills can be put to use to build something new and change something old. I was exposed to the world of Data science, analytics and business intelligence. I got to learn so many new technologies and visualization techniques. This is when I truly understood the worth of my computer science skills. I realized that technologies and mediums are going to keep evolving but the knowledge of algorithms and logical reasoning is something that will remain and help you grow. In these times at SiriusXM, I also became more aware of my existence as a woman in the world of Computer science. I never knew it could be so inspiring.  Being the only woman in my team, it makes me proud and motivates me to work harder.

My mentor, Biju is helping and fun to work with. I am grateful to all the members of my team for teaching me so much -Suraj, Habib, Prasad, Nitin and a special thanks to Srikanth for being a professor to me in the office!

Now that I am going to graduate next semester, when I look back I feel blessed to have gotten this opportunity at SiriusXM. I not only found my calling but I also gained the most advanced skills that can change so much in the world. I feel proud when I think that I have decided to dedicate my life to data science, which in my opinion is the most powerful science our world has seen. And if given an opportunity I would love to work with SiriusXM sometime again in the future!

 

Tatiana, Talk Programming Intern

I can’t believe I only have a month until this internship is over. It flew by and I don’t want it to end! I was assigned to “Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang” and the entire team is awesome. My mentor Xorje is amazing, I got so lucky with him. He is so helpful, easy-going and makes the internship a blast. Our senior producer Neil gives me some producing tips here and there, since that might be a career I want to pursue and the host of my show is very smart and holds the most captivating and insightful interviews. I’m secretly picking up interviewing tips and he’s really open to giving me air time. Everyone in the office is friendly as well. You definitely don’t feel like an intern, but actually part of the team. 

 

I’ve had radio experience working for my campus station, but I’ve learned so much more working here. Throughout this internship I’ve helped booked guests, edit sound clips, pitch story ideas, run the audio board and many other things. A highlight of my internship was I got to meet the hosts of my favorite show, Sway in the Morning and they invited me to sit in on the show whenever I want. I’ve made a few connections here and I’ve learned so much that I can take with me to use in my career in media. This has truly been a great experience, future interns enjoy and make the most of this opportunity because it goes by too fast.

 

 

Danielle, Talk Programming Intern

Thus far my internship at Sirius XM has been great! I’m working for the “Michelangelo Signorile Show” on Progress 127 and the production team has been so welcoming.  The host and producers made the transition onto the team easy. I’ve been handling a lot of audio editing whether it be interviews, listener testimonials, or putting together best of segments for the show. This is perfect because I love audio editing; it’s essentially an art form. I hope that whatever career path I take it entails audio editing. I also ran the boards, handled call screenings and conducted research for interview write-ups, but I’m most excited about the audio editing!

 

The guests we’ve had on the show are pretty interesting too. Michelangelo covers a range of topics from politics to LGBT rights and authors like Marc Lewis have been on the show. I’ve also gotten to see a range of celebrities from musicians to actors to established authors in the building. My first or second day I was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich near the fishbowl, the main studio near the entrance, and I saw Phil Collins! It’s funny because I remember being in the car with my mom when I was little blasting “In the Air Tonight.”

 

This internship has already given me a better understanding of my career path and the staff, especially those I work closely with, have been very supportive of my work. This internship really hasn’t been about seeing all these celebrities, even though it’s an exciting aspect of the job, it’s really me trying to figure out where I’m going to end up. I am excited that we are interviewing Martha Plimpton who played Stef in The Goonies though!

 

Also, the producer for the “Karen Hunter Show,” has also been helping me out and giving me advice about the direction of my career. He does his work in the same office as I,  so we’ve talked a number of times about his career as a producer. What I’ve taken from this internship is that I really want to work in radio in some way, shape, or form. I need to figure it out soon though because I have to get a job to support my tortoise shell cat, Bella!

 

Michael, Intern with SiriusXM’s Radio Andy

My experience so far at SiriusXM has been nothing but great.  Going in nervous due to the unknowns changed so much as I am very comfortable working here and it is going on my third week.  I am working with a great group of people at Radio Andy. Every day I am learning the tools to run a successful radio channel. They never make me feel uncomfortable and are very patient with me as I continue to learn the everyday responsibilities that need to get done. My favorite part so far of this internship has to be when I am able to go down to the studio to see a live show being done. I can truly see and understand how much work it is to make something sound so simple to everyday listeners. It takes a lot of creativity, knowledge of the content, timing, and selecting the proper guest for the segment as well as so much more to set up a great show.  I truly enjoy seeing all these elements come together live in the studio. I continue to learn and I am getting more comfortable with my duties when I come here and it is always pretty cool running into a special guest that is visiting the studio for another channel. I look forward to coming to work each week, and hope to continue to enjoy my stay at SiriusXM Radio Andy.

 

Sidney, Summer 2016 Intern – Entertainment Weekly Radio

I’ve been an intern with Sirius XM, Entertainment Weekly Channel 105 for a month now. I cannot believe it, the time seems to be just flying by! This is my first real internship with a major company and I must say I’m in awe. I love radio, it’s my passion and it’s amazing to see and be a part of the magic listeners are hearing. Each day I come in I get to go into the live studio with the hosts on EW Morning Live, and watch how they captivate the air.

I also, get to the see EW Morning Live’s Producer create the magic behind the show, and assist her in studio by screening calls. As soon as we wrap up the show, I get to come upstairs and make a little bit of my own magic, I’m responsible for editing the EW news headlines, which run all day and over the weekend!

So far my experience has been fantastic, and I can’t wait until I’m given more task and opportunity. I’m learning a lot just watching the producers on my channel.

It saddens me to think that I only have a semester with these wonderful people, but I plan to soak in this experience and make it worthwhile. This company is just filled with wonderful people, even as you walk through the halls, everyone is so friendly and outgoing! This company is so upbeat and filled with the most positive energy. Sirius XM rocks and I hope to continue on this amazing journey.

Tomorrow is our first Snack & Learn session, I’m excited to see the interns I entered this journey with, and hear how the experience is going for them. I feel like we are so lucky, to be here. This is truly something that a textbook or school can’t teach you, this is the real world, with real work.

 

Also, side note I saw Cuba Gooding Jr. my first day on the job! Who can say that!