Jasper, Fall 2016 Sports Programming Intern

When I first learned I was going to be interning at Sirius XM, I was incredibly excited and honored to have received such an opportunity. Three weeks into my internship, that excitement has only increased. Working with athletes like Brady Quinn, Maurice Jones-Drew and Brett Favre, who I so distinctly remember watching on television while I was growing up is truly a thrilling and almost surreal experience. But even more importantly, the people I work with are incredibly friendly, respectful and truly interested in helping me learn and grow as an intern.

When I first interviewed for this internship, I was told that SiriusXM interns are there to learn, not to fetch coffee and stand by a printer. I’ve found this to be overwhelmingly true. When I come in, I always feel like I’m being treated as a part of the team, and not a burden. Everyone, from my mentor, to the hosts of the programs and other SiriusXM employees are welcoming and inclusive. I love coming in to work, and I look forward to learning more and honing my skills over the next eleven weeks.

Daniel, Fall 2016 Finance Intern (D.C. Office)

My first 3 weeks at SiriusXM is completed, and I absolutely love it. The environment is friendly, my mentor is extremely helpful, and I am learning a large amount about corporate finance along with the responsibilities that accompany it.

Currently, I am helping the senior financial analyst with renewals and appraisals of contracts with our selected partners, which is pretty cool. I have never seen these types of contracts before, but being able to constructively take them apart one by one and find specific key words that are helpful feels really good.  I am also getting better with excel everyday, and being able to apply the skills I’m learning in my business classes is something I’ve never been able to do hands-on before.

As for the rest of the SiriusXM faculty, they could not be friendlier. There is this very nice security lady who goes out of her way to say hi to me everyday, and the cafeteria staff contain some of the nicest people I have ever met.  There is still much of the internship to go, so I am looking forward to getting to know more of these great people.

There is one incredible feeling that I can’t shake every time I walk into the office, and it is the fact that famous artists across several generations walked the halls of this facility at one point. Their signatures are everywhere, the recording studio looks like it came straight out of a movie, and the live talk shows are happening as soon as I walk in every single day. As a huge music fanatic, it has been a dream working at SiriusXM thus far.

 

 

 

 

Katherine, Fall 2016 Intern in Subscriber Retention Marketing

My first few weeks interning with SiriusXM in the Subscriber Retention Marketing department have already been filled with countless new experiences. I have already been given the opportunity to work closely with my mentor and other members of the Subscriber Retention Marketing team to learn about different strategies that are implemented to keep present subscribers, as well as different strategies that are implemented to regain past subscribers. By learning about these different strategies and why they are used, I have gained a great amount of insight about marketing and what a huge impact it is for a company.

In my first couple weeks I have also had the opportunity to learn about ESOs (exclusive subscriber opportunities). Furthermore, I have been able to work many of the ESO events that occur in the NYC office, such as the Town Hall events. By doing this I have been able to work closely with subscribers, learn more about how to work entertainment events, and watch interviews of many talented musicians and actors. The past few weeks as an intern with SiriusXM have already exceeded my expectations, so I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store.

Ciara, Fall 2016 Talk Programming Intern – SiriusXM Stars – Wake Up with Taylor

Being an intern is truly an indescribable experience. Having the chance to work with industry professionals is one of the most unique experiences of young students today. Being one of the lucky interns at SiriusXM has truly opened my eyes to the glamorous, exciting and realistic sides of the professional world. Devoting many hours of my academic week to come into the city to learn from SiriusXM professionals is one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. Not only is everyone in the company caring and friendly, but also willing to teach me the skills required to become a qualified professional in radio. In the first few weeks, I have been immersed in dozens of educational experiences and I definitely cannot wait to see what the remaining eleven weeks has to offer.

Lauren, Fall 2016 Digital Marketing Intern (D.C. Office)

On my first full day of my internship, I was able to sit in on a two hour meeting listening about plans to redesign SiriusXM’s website. Using A/B testing for different home landing pages, our team was able to identify which layout produced the highest conversion rate over the past few months. This type of experience is something that I never thought I would receive coming in as an intern, let alone on my first day. We discussed different reasons for placing lifestyle versus content advertisements on the website and what would be the most effective for our potential consumers. It was so interesting to the see the process involved in making every decision and how our website is continuously evolving. The team concluded that further research was needed before launching its new pages, so I have been able to follow closely alongside this project to see its updates.

Since arriving, I have been welcomed whole-heartedly by everyone in the office and across departments. While I have only been here for two weeks, I feel as though it has been much longer. One of my semester-long projects is to interview members of the team so I can understand each moving piece of the puzzle to SiriusXM. This alone has helped me become closer to people in the office and have a better idea of what I want my professional career to look like one day. While my mentor is constantly teaching me new programs and skills, I feel as though everyone in the office who I have spoken with has served as a source of guidance.

Besides interviewing employees in the Marketing department, I have also done some research to help provide details and information that could potentially help with the future A/B testing. So far I have looked at competitors’ website architectures and how their sitemaps align with their company’s mission statements. Additionally, I have researched the type of advertisements used on competitor’s homepages in order to determine which strategy is most common and why.

Something really unique about this SiriusXM is how its internship program is geared towards growing and developing its interns. While the company wants us to produce high-quality, meaningful work, I can’t help but also notice how driven the program is to allow us to set our own goals and learn. I can’t wait to continue to understand further aspects of what ‘digital marketing’ truly means for SiriusXM and how I can personally help to make a difference.

Andre, Fall 2016 Intern for The Catholic Channel

It has been a few weeks since first stepping foot in the NYC Home base of SiriusXM, and I am still in disbelief that I get to intern here. After well over four years of being a listener and a fan, this internship is still a dream to me! What puts the cherry on top is that I get to be behind the scenes of “Seize The Day with Gus Lloyd” on The Catholic Channel (SXM 129), the one show that my folks and I listen and talk about all the time.

I am absorbing everything like a sponge and I am learning not only the new, high-tech devices used in studio, but also how to broadcast to a continental audience. There are two lessons that I picked up that I am extremely thankful for. The first is understanding the audience. From past experiences, I got to understand an audience from a local region- towns, cities- all with very similar mindsets and values. Now, I am talking to people on the phone daily across the United States and Canada. Though all who call have a religious inclination, their values are very different and that is what entertains me the most. The next lesson I learned so far is how to be a talk show host. From listening to Gus and how he delivers to how my mentor Scott identifies what makes good radio to getting tips by “Word to Life” host Father John Maria Devaney, I get to develop my style as a talk show host and be able to deliver much better material.

The last feeling I will share to you in this episode of my journal is star struck. Yes, I got to see many celebrities, some of even who I adore, but I am not only star struck for them. I am star struck because I see my hard work pay off in the airwaves. A rough, yet fun episode of “Seize the Day” ended with Gus Lloyd thanking me and giving me a shout-out. Boy, was I shocked! Later that day, a promo I was working on for well over a week got approved for airtime. What I did not expect was hearing it on the air in my car with my folks the same day.

Hard work pays off indeed. You just got to have fun with that work and live the dream!

Hannah, Summer 2016 Talent Relations Intern – L.A. Studio

 

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Interning for SiriusXM this summer exceeded every single expectation I had going into it. Rather than being treated like your typical intern, the Los Angeles crew has welcomed me in as if I am part of the team. Being the only intern at this location, I have been able to fully immerse myself in every aspect of the radio industry and have been constantly challenged and encouraged to grow.

As a Talent and Industry Relations intern, I’ve been given the opportunity to work closely with various celebrity guests on a near daily basis and have forged invaluable connections with a number of publicists. Beyond liaising with guests, I have spent the summer assisting in the process of booking talent for interviews as well as helping producers conduct research for their respective shows.

To demonstrate the skills that I have developed over the course of the summer, I completed a mock interview with Julia, host of LA Daily on Entertainment Weekly. I completed the process entirely on my own – from booking the guest/studio to setting up the board to conducting the actual interview all the way to editing the audio afterwards. This was one of the most memorable experiences from my time here as it allowed me to work on my own in a real-life work setting. Interviewing Julia was an incredible experience and gave me confidence in my on-air skills as well as in my future with radio.

If there is one piece of advice that I can give to future interns, it’s this – take chances. If you are hesitant about the internship or uneasy about the department you’ve been placed in, don’t let it deter you. Make the most of what you’re given and fully immerse yourself. Ask questions constantly. And don’t be afraid to grow. The SiriusXM internship program is absolutely incredible. Don’t let a second of it go to waste.

Miranda, Summer 2016 Music Programming Intern, NYC Studios

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As the internship program winds down, I am faced with the conflicting feelings of excitement and sadness. I’m excited to go back to school and apply what I learned during my internship, but I am sad that my time at SiriusXM is almost complete. Being here has been nothing short of incredible, and I can’t even begin to list all the things I have learned thanks to this program. I am heading back to school feeling more confident than I ever have before.

SiriusXM’s internship program has opened my eyes to so many new and interesting opportunities that I can take advantage of when I graduate from college. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with so many people within my own department, as well as those of other departments. I am leaving with a well-rounded perspective of SiriusXM, getting to try my hand at so many different aspects within the company.

Over the course of the semester, I had an opportunity to network with so many new people. With the help of Bonnie, as well as my mentors, I had a chance to meet with some fantastic connections and learn more about what options there are within the company. I had a chance to sit in on an interview which was recorded for broadcast, see how all the departments intertwine, and got a more in depth look as to how shows are created.

If I had to give the incoming interns one new piece of advice, I would tell them to network as much as possible. Talk to anybody you can- they don’t bite. Make yourself known and stand out if you can. Meeting and connecting with new people can change your entire experience here. Remember though- don’t just make the connection, maintain it. Maintaining contact with a connection is crucial, and can give you an edge when the time comes to reach out to them. SiriusXM has plenty of people to get connected with, so take advantage of your time here and get to know people. Everybody here wants to help and see you succeed, so never be afraid to open up.

The support that I received during this internship is greater than I could have ever imagined. I made some great memories, and some even greater friends. I feel ready to take on the real world come graduation, knowing that I have this new set of skills and insight that I didn’t have before this summer. This internship has helped me grow more than I could have ever imagined and it’s a bittersweet moment to say “see you later” to SiriusXM.

 

Melanie, Summer 2016 Information Technology Intern

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Over the summer I had the privilege of interning at SiriusXM within the Business Intelligence department of the company. I have had an unforgettable experience. Since I started back in June, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and hands-on experience dealing with equipment and developing relationships. Establishing a good professional working relationship is essential to getting the job done, and hopefully opening the doors to professional development in the future.

Throughout my internship I have replaced and allocated equipment to my co-workers, moved employees from one location to another, replaced hardware in desktops, managed the inventory of hardware in Active Directory, reviewed the updates of machines in System Center Configuration Manager, and fulfilled tickets generated by employees on ServiceNow. Additionally, I have updated the inventory of hardware in our Access database and created excel spreadsheets to keep track of newly acquired hardware. I also imaged machines with the SiriusXM build. My tasks changed every day depending on what my mentor asked me to do.

I feel that I have gained many new skills and strengthened many old ones. To work in this field or any industry, I have learned that it is essential to have stellar communication skills when asking the right questions, to manage customer relationships, and to troubleshoot relentlessly. These skills can be applied to a variety of jobs because they are invaluable.

During my time at SiriusXM, I looked forward to attending each intern event. The Snack and Learn Sessions allowed me to meet people that are involved in different departments so that I could fully understand how the company runs. The employees that spoke explained their journey that led them to SiriusXM, which I found fascinating. Their stories were informative, but most of all motivating. At the Intern Celebration Luncheon I was able to meet other interns and hear about what their positions entailed. Thank you Bonnie for arranging these events – they exposed me to the endless opportunities that exist.

One of my favorite parts of this internship has been meeting so many interesting employees from different walks of life and career backgrounds. I have met Java Developers, Web Designers, Application Developers, Marketing Managers, among many others – everyone’s job contributes to the success of the company. Everyone has been so kind to me and I cannot thank them enough for making me feel so comfortable and providing an environment for me to thrive and learn. I will most definitely be remaining in contact with everyone that I met and worked with. I hope the door remains open so that I could embark on more opportunities with SiriusXM.