Anna, Summer 2016 Music Programming Intern – D.C. Studios

 

Now that my internship is coming to an end, I have learned a lot more than I was ever expecting to in the first few weeks.  In the last few weeks, I started getting into programming theory because the team is launching a new online station, so the preparation requires all sorts of things like clock building, categorizing songs, and making sure information is accurate. It’s been really interesting to see why songs are placed where they are in any given hour.

In this internship, my editing skills have been utilized and reinforced, which I think will be very useful in both my professional and personal life in the future. It seems crazy that I only have a few more days left of this whole internship, but I am confident I will learn a lot more with what time I have left here.

Andrew, Summer 2016 Talk Programming Intern – Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Since my last journal entry, I have steadily grown more confident in my duties at Stand Up With Pete Dominick. Coming to work I am just as excited as I was during the first couple weeks on the show. This month we have delved  into the presidential conversation, providing detailed coverage of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. With both Pete and Alfred in the field, I have taken on a larger role during and outside of the show.

 

During the show this month I have continued my role screening calls and am learning more about what goes into the shows production. Over the last two weeks I have learned the basics for running the control board, such as what faders correspond to what systems (ex. prophet, dalet, ect.). Additionally, recently I learned how to update the station ID.

 

Outside of the show, I continue to pitch ideas and potential guests for the show.  In addition to pitching ideas and guests, this month I was trained on Adobe Audition and the process of pulling and editing clips. This allows me to further contribute to the show by finding and editing clips that I find online for the show.

 

In my last month on the show, I look forward to learning more about the control board and ultimately running the board during a show segment. Additionally, I look forward to sitting in on other shows and learning how they differ from the show I work on. Overall, my internship experience at Sirius Radio has flown by and I look forward to my last month on Stand Up!

Miranda, Summer 2016 Music Programming Intern – NYC Studios

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Walking in to SiriusXM on the first day of work, my mind was flooded with emotions from every end of the spectrum. I felt nervous, anxious, but most of all, eager. Eager to learn new things, eager to network myself, and most importantly, I was eager to see what I was capable of. Two months later, I would never have expected to have some of the opportunities that I have had, and I never would have expected myself to be able to do a lot of the things that I do every day, and it’s all thanks to this internship.

In this short span of time, I have been able to grow significantly and learn more than I ever thought possible. Since day one, this internship has helped me feel like I have purpose, and never once have I felt that my often naive questions or concerns were bothering anyone. In my time here, I have learned an immense amount of information about how SiriusXM is run. Satellite radio is a lot more intricate and in depth than I ever imagined, but I feel that I have gotten a pretty good grasp on the day-to-day operations so far. To name a few of the things I have learned, I now know how to navigate my way through multiple different software programs that help to run all the channels, I have assisted in loading new songs and imaging pieces into the software, and have played a part in creating playlists for upcoming channels. I have observed and learned how the programmers schedule the music for their channels, and I have even had the opportunity to work in the studio during live shows to learn about the production side of radio.

During the interview and orientation processes, a specific point was often emphasized- your job here matters. I have never once had to grab anybody a coffee, or do any work that is considered “intern-y”. The work I have been assigned is work that is very important to SiriusXM, and the staff helps the interns really get the most out of this experience. This leads to my number one piece of advice for anybody who wants to complete an internship here: get the most out of your time here. Since working here, I have voiced my ideas and interests, and the staff has listened. For example, I let my bosses know that I have an interest in live production, so they took the time to set me up with an opportunity to work on a live show, which has since become a weekly thing for me. I get to do call screening for a quiz show on Liquid Metal, which allows me the opportunity to speak with subscribers and music lovers, while seeing first-hand how live shows are run. If you want to do something, don’t be shy about it. Embrace the chance that is given to you, because if you hide your interests and aren’t doing all you can, you won’t get the full benefit of this fantastic opportunity.

Throughout my high school and college career, I was always told that you need to immerse yourself in order to really learn, and SiriusXM has helped me do that. I feel that I am more capable and more confident person since beginning this internship, and I am eager to see what’s in store throughout August.

 

 

 

Melanie, Summer 2016 Information Technology Intern

 

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I feel very fortunate interning at SiriusXM Radio for the summer. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in the information technology department. I have learned so much within my first month due to my mentor David and his team. The experience I am receiving is completely different than reading from a textbook. I value hands-on learning because there is nothing like diving into the field and learning first hand.

 

My mentor encourages me to ask questions, which I always take every opportunity to do so. Presently, my mentor has been dealing with migrating clients from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I have been managing the tickets that are given to me by my mentor, imaging machines with the SiriusXM build, replacing and building desktops, and visiting clients who are experiencing issues with their equipment. One lesson I have learned from my mentor and his team is to always troubleshoot.

 

Throughout my first month I have already met wonderful people from different departments. My goal within my remaining time is to be able to shadow some employees I met. I hope to be able to explore the departments that I have interests in such as interactive media, web design, and marketing.

 

As a woman in tech I feel very lucky to be able to work alongside two other female interns in the IT department. I hope more women decide to emerge in the technology field – I definitely am an advocate for it. The work I have done so far has given me a great amount of confidence. Being able to work with equipment and deal with real life situations is very rewarding to me. I am excited to learn more and experience all that this internship has to offer.

 

Eugene, Sports Programming Intern – NFL Radio

When I received this job I did not really know what to expect.  I understood it was a radio station and that much of the concepts and equipment like the ones I used at school were going to be found at SiriusXM.  But I did not know to what extent and I had no idea what else I was going to learn about.  After my first few weeks here, I can definitively say that I am blown away by the amount of factors that go into a Radio Show.  Because my school’s radio station is not very big, we do not have anywhere near the equipment or software that is used at SiriusXM.  Everything was very foreign to me for the most part, but as time went on, I figured it all out.  I spend four days a week, not only learning the ins and outs of a radio show, but being able to take what I learned and actually perform those actions on the radio station.  We are about four weeks in and I have already spent a ton of time working the audio board and have already found myself comfortable with it!  It is honestly amazing how much I have learned while hear at Sirius, whether it be how to work the board or what software does what.  It has been an extremely rewarding experience so far and I am extremely excited to see what the next few weeks have in store.

Nathan, Sports Programming Intern- Washington, D.C. Studios

During my first three weeks in the Newsroom, I have learned how crucial it is to multi-task and work quickly and efficiently in this type of setting. I have learned to cut live audio effectively with our audio-editing software “Dalet Plus” while monitoring up to four games at a time. The newsroom staff has been extremely helpful in helping me learn how things work, where everything is located and have shown patience in helping me during this learning period. I am looking forward to perfecting these skills as the summer progresses.

Krista, Summer 2016 Sports Programming Intern – NFL Radio

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Waking up at 4:30 in the morning three days a week is not how most college students would want to spend their summer.  Yet, over the past four weeks the early mornings have hardly bothered me.  Being able to be a part of “The Morning Drive” on NFL Radio has been such an amazing experience even with the 7:00 AM start time.  My goal is to be a sideline reporter, so I’ve been trying to learn every aspect of sports broadcasting that there is.

Being exposed to the production that goes into a radio show has been eye opening.  While listening to a radio show, most people would not think of the effort and time that goes into all of the clips that are played, the transitions, or checking the levels of every sound.

After my first day I realized the amount of time and hard work that goes into each and every show.  My mentors Dave and Louie have welcomed me with open arms, and have taken a genuine interest in teaching me how to run the board, and produce a show.  With still eight weeks to go I am excited to see the progress that I will continue to make!

Michael, Summer 2016 Public Relations Intern

Coming into New York City for my first internship could very well be the most intimidating task I was ever faced with. Having never worked in any office setting, especially not on 6th Avenue, I really did not know what to expect. The fact that SiriusXM is such a recognizable brand was the icing on the proverbial cake.

In the four weeks since my first day, those nerves have, for the most part, all vanished. I comfortably made my way through the city and into the office, greeting those I have been fortunate enough to meet. Even the people I have not yet had the pleasure of introducing myself to, despite their obvious dedication to their respective tasks, still make me feel like SiriusXM is a place I belong.

I have learned practically all I know about what it means to work in Public Relations during my time hear, a testament to how little I knew when I came in and just how much I have absorbed in just a few short weeks. Everyone on the team has been welcoming, and perhaps more importantly, they treat me like I have been there as long as they have. Whenever I have a question, they are there to answer it, and they trust me to help out wherever I can. I feared that I would not know how to occupy my time while working here, but the Public Relations team erased those fears almost instantly, and instead replaced them with excitement for the next task.

I was scared of what I would find behind the SiriusXM doors on my first day of work. Now, I can’t wait to see what is next.

Kaelin, Summer 2016 Talk Programming Intern – POTUS (D.C. Office)

As of now, I’ve gained valuable experience with POTUS. I have expanded my knowledge of politics and greatly increased journalism skills. On a daily basis, I cut audio news clips for the show, posts segments or shows on On Demand and create my own blog cast. In addition, I gather information on guests and cut audio clips after interviews have been conducted. Finally, I shadow producers, learning how to hone my radio skills and understanding the radio board. In the upcoming weeks I will create longer radio blog casts and hopefully have the opportunity to accompany the POTUS White House correspondent to the White House!

Stephanie, Summer 2016 Talk Programming Intern – Urban View

 

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The first few weeks of my internship with The Karen Hunter Show on Urban View have been great!  I have already learned so much and have had a lot of hands on teaching.  My mentor, Jameson, will show me how to do something a couple of times, watch me perform the task until he is confident I can do it on my own, and then he will give me tasks each day to get done before our live show.

My day usually consists of pre-promoting guests on the Urban View Twitter before the show, pull audio from news organizations to be used during the show, studio set-up, live-tweeting the show, call screening, putting the show OnDemand, and finally taking audio from the show and putting it on Soundcloud.  I have also been given the opportunity to work on the board during the show.  I started working the board during my second week of the internship.  I would send the show to a commercial break and then come back.  When Jameson and the show’s board operator, Anthony, were confident I knew my way around the board, I worked it for one of the show’s three hours.  On June 28, I was on the board for the entire show.

This internship is unlike any job I have ever worked.  I have never been given this much responsibility this fast and I couldn’t be happier.