Natsumi, Summer 2016 Finance Intern (D.C. Office)

On the first day, Bonnie told us that this internship would fly by; she couldn’t have been more right as the first three weeks have gone by faster than I could have imagined. I was so nervous coming in because this summer internship was my first ever and SiriusXM, as you all know, is such a famous company. I had no idea what to expect and had so many questions. I am the finance (accounting) intern at the D.C. location and my first thought when I was given the internship (besides my immediate excitement of course) was wondering what it would be like working in the ‘non-music’ side of the industry.

From the moment that I got a tour of the whole building, I knew that this would be an enjoyable summer. As a finance intern, I love that we are able to work in the same building, just one floor up, from the music studios. I am able to hear about the work of music programmers and what it’s like working in a studio from a few fellow interns that I am able to meet up with for lunch! The non-music side has a chance to mesh with the music side, which is great. I haven’t seen any famous people yet, but hopefully I will soon!

In the office, I mainly work on validating the daily outgoing payments from the company’s bank accounts.  Many of the tasks I perform have to be completed in a timely manner daily. Therefore, it is crucial that I understand the reasoning behind the tasks I perform. I get feedback EVERYDAY from my very helpful mentors and it is truly great to be able to feel my knowledge deepening and see my progress everyday. Aside from feeling like a team member through my work, I even have my own cubicle! It has a nice chair, a computer, and office supplies, which makes me feel super official.

After 3 weeks, I can say that I have learned A LOT! My Excel skills have already grown exponentially, and I think that I can finally confidently state that Excel is one of my skills on a resume! I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of this amazing experience!

Joseph, Summer 2016 Music Programming Intern (D.C. Office)

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As a returning intern, the first few weeks back have definitely been interesting. Along with similar work to last year’s internship, I have been working closely with a few of the people in production. It has been a tremendous experience for me because I have been able to learn how imaging is created, as well as learning proper mixing and mastering techniques. Everyone I have worked with has been incredibly generous with their time, and they have been fantastic mentors. It’s always nice being around a bunch of people who love music and create a good atmosphere. I love being around the studio environment, and it feels rewarding knowing that I have helped produce pieces that will eventually be played on the air. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer!

Hugh, Summer 2016 Sports Programming Intern (D.C. Office)

Coming in to my SiriusXM internship with one already under my belt has definitely helped me in my first few weeks in D.C. Last summer, I spent my three months learning how to do the different in-studio jobs such as call screening, taking show notes, and running the board.  This summer, I was able to jump right in and start contributing in-studio on my second day.  When I am not in studio, the producers that I work with have given me editing tasks to do, such as splicing together rejoins and bumps for upcoming shows, or putting together promos using audio from past shows.  I’ve felt like everything I have done this summer has had importance, and one of my biggest advantages has been not needing to spend time learning how to do the tasks, but instead perfecting them.

 

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

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Interning for SiriusXM has honestly been a dream come true. I have been working alongside the talent department in the Los Angeles studios and have gained such invaluable experiences in such a short amount of time. Going into this internship I was both excited yet nervous and wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but since arriving the LA team has been nothing but welcoming. I have been working closely with my mentor, Ross, as well as Talent Liaison and former intern, Jenny, to learn the ins and outs of working with and booking guests to come into the studios.

I have been given the opportunity to sit in on various talent department meetings, which has been awesome and has given me a lot of exposure to all of the hard work that goes into getting talent into our studios. Being one of the smaller studios, I have been able to quickly acclimate into my environment and get to know nearly everyone from producers to board operators to hosts and everything in between.

Being in studio has helped solidify my decision to pursue a career in the radio industry and has opened so many new doors and given me numerous connections. I cannot wait to see where the rest of the summer takes me.

Eric, Summer 2016 Finance Intern

My first few weeks here at SiriusXM have been well.  I’ve been able to meet with most of the finance team here, attend conference calls and transition pretty smoothly into ongoing and future projects. I’ve been able to much better understand the company, its outlook for the future and analyze its strengths and weaknesses effectively. The people on the team are great—they are all critical thinkers with very apparent financial insight looking to improve SiriusXM’s strategic processes in various facets so it has been a good learning experience for me. My mentors, Charlie and Jeremy have been great- keeping me up to date with projects and allowing me to endeavor on certain analyses to project to them when I finished. It’s been great and the location also serves to be a very good outlet to networking with other people in NY in general. I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly so far and look forward to continuous learning and making substantial impact in future reports and analyses that SiriusXM will continue to have.

Joshua, Summer 2016 Music Programming Intern

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I was interning at SXM two summers ago for the same department, which is programming for the EDM stations on SXM channels 51-55. Since this is my second time here, I know my supervisors very well as I have kept in touch with them.

They started me on a few assignments I will be doing regularly throughout the summer, including loading songs for certain radio shows they have coming up into the rotation. For example, each week the Chainsmokers do a show called the YouTube EDM 15, which consists of 15 songs that are blowing up on YouTube right now and Drew and Alex talk before and after each of the 15 songs. My Job was to load in those 15 songs for them to play.

Also, one of their key attributes on channel 52 is airing live sets and interviews from DJs at major music festivals around the world. A few weeks ago was EDC Vegas, which is their biggest festival coverage of the year and my job was to take the list of DJs they were going to interview and write a 2-3 sentence biography about them to prep the radio DJs, who are also my supervisors, for the interviews.

Some of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do though are projects like editing some of the weekly radio shows that the DJs record and send to Electric Area/BPM to be aired. So not only do I get to listen to the shows before they’re aired, I also get to edit it and make it sound better/cleaner, which I find very interesting. Also, they do BPM benders every once in a while, where a DJ comes in to do a mix for an hour or so and is broadcasted live on BPM. Usually Ben Harvey will talk to the artists/ask him questions during the mix as well as answer calls from fans that are calling across the country to talk to the DJ. I had the job of screening the calls and answering the phone first to see what the caller wanted to talk about and then write it on the monitor for Ben to look at, thus deciding if they were to take the caller or not.

I am happy to be back in this office and really like the guys I’m working with. It seems that being this is my second time interning with EDM programming, they are giving me more hands-on assignments in and out of the studio, which is what I was hoping for coming into the summer. Overall, it’s been an amazing experience so far and can’t wait for what the rest of the summer brings.

 

Kyle, Summer 2016 Digital Content Intern

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My first few weeks interning for the digital content department at SiriusXM has been tremendous. For the most part, I have been writing original blog posts, putting up weekly posts, or helping my coworkers with their projects. However, each day brings something new. I have been able to head to floor 36 to aid in photographing or getting footage of talent who come in as well as sit in on meetings where I was asked for input for upcoming campaigns,                                                        among other things.

It is clear my mentor, managers, and everyone else in the department have my best interests in mind. During one of my first days of work, my mentor sat down with me to find out what my goals were for the summer and what I was hoping to learn. I now have a broad list of skills I will hopefully be able to get experience in during my remaining weeks that I will be able to add to my résumé. Also, I have passion for electronic dance music (EDM), and some of my projects have allowed me to explore EDM specifically such as a post I wrote relating to Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

I still have several weeks left at SiriusXM, and I’m looking forward to the experience my remaining time will bring!

Chris, Summer 2016 Finance Intern

Coming in as an intern in the finance department with no previous experience (professional or school) in finance, I definitely had my concerns about handling my workload. Those worries dissipated quickly after starting work here. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been extremely helpful which has made it very easy for me to get acclimated. So far, I’ve worked on pulling invoices and expense reports, comparing budgeted costs to actual costs, and logging salaries. Again, coming in I barely knew what those things meant much less how to do them. If you are thinking about applying for the job, the only prerequisite is a reasonable ability to use Excel. Other than that, if you are interested in learning about working in finance, I would certainly recommend applying.

Sophie, Summer 2016 Talk Programming Intern

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My first few weeks working as a programming intern on Wake Up With Taylor has been a truly exciting experience. Beyond the obvious thrill of meeting celebrities like Shay Mitchell, Alyssa Milano and actresses from Orange is the New Black (among others), I feel that I have gained confidence in my ability to be a producer. For the first two weeks I worked closely with Katie, the show’s producer, to learn all of the technical skills in the studio, uploading on demand programming and editing audio. After those first 10 days I was able to field calls, take notes on the show and prep pre-recorded interviews, along with everything else the show needs. One day last week Katie was out sick and I felt great “running” the show. So far, everything has been great.

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.