Alex Haveson’s SiriusXM Sales Operation Intern Experience

Over the past two months my experience as a sales operations intern for SiriusXM is going exceptionally well. It’s crazy to think in just a short amount of time here I’ve learned so much. Looking back at my first day as an intern, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, now as I’ve grown more accustomed to the daily routines and projects, I am feeling more confident. The only adjustment I had to make recently was the building change in 5 Penn Plaza. The department I was in relocated and we’re now in a totally new building at 1290 Avenue of Americas. Aside, from this my experience has been very rewarding. I’m very grateful to my mentor Claire who has been very helpful guiding me through tasks as well as teaching the sales side of the business.

I would say overall my assignments that I’ve been given have been very valuable. Over the past month I’ve done a good amount of vendor reporting. My job entails reading all the different weekly inbound and outbound reports that our vendors have given us. I then put that data from weeks February to March onto a spreadsheet to make a monthly report. As, I commute the data, I am starting to figure out major forecasts trends associated with these vendors. Besides this, I’ve been working on other big projects. Recently, some of our vendors seem to prefer using erooms, which is a new method of file sharing. My job is to research and demonstrate to my department how to successfully use erooms. Based on what I’ve learned erooms is a very easy and useful file sharing tool. Overall, the analytical work I’ve been doing is rewarding because I can benefit from what I learned and apply it to real life business situations.      

Having said all this my time here at SiriusXM has been fantastic. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the company and be aside so many bright individuals. With only a month left, I hope to take on more challenging tasks as well as get a chance to visit a vendor. There is still a lot to learn in the last weeks to come and can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Daniel Horowitz, SiriusXM Information Technology Intern

It’s already April and my time here at Sirius XM is coming to a close. My time as a program management office intern was an incredible experience to say the least. I feel like I have come so far and learned so much in such a short period of time. I met so many people who were willing to answer my questions and help me out, which made me feel good. I remember my first few weeks here I was so confused and shy. Now that I have become comfortable and learned how everything works I am much more confident in myself. Besides learning how the PMO works I have improved my communication skills, time management skills, and organizational skills. I am extremely grateful to say the least that I got a chance to have this “real word experience”, and set myself up for the future. In my opinion, everyone should have an opportunity like this. I cannot say enough good things about my experience here at Sirius XM. Coming here three times a week was something that I looked forward to and knew I was going to learn something every day. Working for Amanda made the experience even better I have to say. When I would have questions she would always be willing to help me even if she was busy doing her own work. In addition, she cared about what I wanted to learn and wanted to be sure that my experience here was a positive one. I have to say I’m a little sad that in a few weeks this internship will be coming to an end, but I’m leaving with knowledge that I surely couldn’t have come from a textbook.

Samantha Studley, Human Resources Intern

It’s unbelievable how fast this internship has gone already.  I’ve experienced a lot in a short amount of time, things that seem like they should have happened over the span of a year, but instead happened in a little over a month.  I am currently a Human Resources Intern at SiriusXM.  My mentor Bonnie has been nothing short of amazing and has helped me get to know as much as possible the ins and outs of the company by giving me opportunities to learn that SiriusXM is not only a satellite radio station but it is at the core of the music and entertainment industry.  Although I am in HR, I have had the experience of sitting in on live talk radio shows and seeing how these areas of the company operate.  This helps me better understand the recruitment needs for these positions because I am familiar with the atmosphere and content of the show.  I’m also beginning to help Bonnie with the recruitment process for summer interns, which has just recently begun and with such a large internship program here at SiriusXM this is a task me and Bonnie will be taking on together. I am excited to start the recruitment process and be a part of bringing in the diverse and unique talent pool that SiriusXM consistently attracts. I am very happy being able to contribute to such a successful company and look forward to what will happen as this internship progresses!

Sandra Gagliardy’s Spring 2014 Internship Experience for the Stars Channel

I have been interning with the Stars channel under Holly Palmieri and Tanya Bustos. In the beginning I was extremely nervous and did not know what to expect, but they have both been very good at making me feel comfortable. From my own perspective, and from what they have told me, I’m doing well. In the beginning I would sit in on the morning show I was assigned. For the first few days I observed. I was taught how to use soundcloud, adobe audition, and do the daily wrap. After the first week I was screening calls and learning the operating board. At first I wasn’t comfortable call screening, and sometimes I would get discouraged. After doing it a few times on my own I became comfortable call screening, and I also sat in on two other shows to observe and call screen. I saw how certain shows operated differently, and how producers operate differently with different hosts, new and experienced. Around the second week I was posting to soundcloud on my own and doing the daily wrap. It was also around that time that I began learning how to do thirty second to sixty second show promos for the stars channel.

 I have learned about call screening, I learned how to edit and what each promo for a show should sound like and what should go into it. I’m feeling very good about everything that I am learning, I feel the work environment is very friendly and helpful. If I ever have any questions, there is always someone there to answer them. If I’m ever having trouble someone will always take the time to help me and explain everything as thoroughly as possible.

Tyesha Lespinasse, SiriusXM Intern for the Catholic Channel

This was my first internship ever and I didn’t know what to expect. However, I went in there with open arms and an open mind on the whole experience. I could honestly say that I have learned a lot within the last month that I couldn’t imagine learning. I found it very satisfying hearing the promos I have worked on air and hearing the stories I pitched being conversation starters between the host and callers. It is a motivating experience because it makes me want to work harder so I can have the opportunity to hear the things I worked on being heard on air. I would highly recommend that if anyone is interested in doing an internship for a radio station, go for it!  It is a humbling experience and I am learning a lot from it. You can learn so much and it will help you out in the long run. Don’t take internships for granted!

Yehonatan Pollak, SiriusXM Intern for the NBA Channel

It’s hard to believe a month has already gone by at my internship with SiriusXM NBA Radio. It has already been an unbelievable experience and one that I am looking forward to continuing throughout the next few months.

Being with the NBA programming, even for only a month, has taught me so many things. Though they are a relatively new station at SiriusXM, the producers and board operators have been an outstanding help in teaching me the ropes, even while they try and learn as well. My mentors have been outstanding role models and have already taught me a tremendous amount. I already feel like I am a professional at screening phone calls, editing bits, and uploading pieces onto the Internet.

 The hosts have also been very friendly and willing to teach whenever asked questions. Whether it’s talking about the NBA itself or asking about their previous experiences within the industry, their knowledge has already helped me and I plan on taking advantages of having such experienced people at SiriusXM.

It’s already been a great ride, and it’s great knowing that I still have plenty more time to learn and grow at SiriusXM.

Catherine Diaz, SiriusXM Intern for the Catholic Channel

It has always been my goal to attain an internship at Sirius XM. Now that I’m here, reality is slowly becoming sweeter than my dreams. I intern for the programming department under the Catholic Channel station. My mentor, Adam, alongside his coworkers, Jackie and Nicole, make sure I’m receiving the hands-on experience I truly need. So far, Adam taught me how to write a rundown, how to use Prophet as well as Adobe Audition and how to operate the audio board.

Every morning, I research articles for the station’s shows and come up with questions that will stimulate the listeners. I have also done my fair share of social networking by updating fans on Twitter and Facebook. Moreover, I have edited some audio pieces and uploaded them to Prophet. My mentor even gave me the chance to write my own social media promo! Being able to showcase my creativity lets me know that my mentor appreciates my input.

Lastly, I learned how to run the board in the studio. In the beginning, I feared messing up, but the producers, Jackie and Nicole, helped me loosen up over time. Every time I am observing a live or pre-recorded show, I take notes and screen phone calls. Maybe I will operate the board with my eyes closed someday! Overall, Adam has been attentive of my needs and teaching me everything about the radio industry. Hopefully, I will be able to produce my own social media promo, create show promos and even book talent for future shows.

Robert Iturralde, SiriusXM Intern for the Sales and Marketing Team

A goal of mine was to obtain an internship during the Spring 2014 semester and I couldn’t be happier to have done it at SiriusXM radio. I was a bit nervous during the orientation at 1221  but everything went very smoothly and before I knew it, I was already at my desk in the 5 Penn Plaza office. The first day was really cool! I met my mentor and supervisor who are both great and told me that there was PLENTY of work to be done (which is what I want)! After getting all the paperwork done and obtaining my badges, it’s been a breeze. I’ve kept myself busy by asking Karina and Tom questions and for assignments. It’s crazy that five weeks have already passed, time really does fly. I will not let this opportunity go to waste. Thank you so much Tamara and Bonnie for accepting me into this amazing program. I will work my hardest!

Anthony Rivera, Intern for the David Webb Show

I can’t believe that I am already five weeks into my internship with SiriusXM. It has been such a pleasure working for the David Webb Show. I have learned so much in such a short time. I have to admit, I was very nervous going into my first day. Even though my nerves were bugging out, I still felt very excited. Maybe it was the sense of being overwhelmed or the fact that I was actually realizing a dream of doing something I love. Either way I have enjoyed my time at SiriusXM so far.

From the first day I have been shown how a radio show is run. Whether it is researching news stories, producing audio, call screening, learning the board or even booking a guest, I have learned so much that I will take with me into my future in broadcasting. My mentors Ray and Jameson have provided me with so much knowledge and skills to make it in this industry. I take their advice and look to improve on it each day that I am in the studio.

What a ride it has been and it is only just the beginning. I am very excited to see what the future holds for me. I feel like I have accomplished so much already and I cant wait to learn more. Bring it on!!!

Jiminian Fulbio, SiriusXM Comedy Channel Intern

Since I began at SiriusXM, I have been very eager to grasp any new information  and learn things in other departments. So far, I really enjoy being there and spending time doing tasks that are assigned to me because they are very interesting. I have worked on things such as promos and editing content that the comedy department has, organizing content that is received through the mail, gathering information for a sketch, screen calling and helping out in the Ron and Fez show and several other tasks. Everyone is very friendly, which is very beneficial in terms of networking and meeting new people. Also, they can give you tips on how to better yourself in the company and steer you in a path that can help you in the future. In the Snack and Learn Sessions with the SVP of Sports and an On Air Host for Music , I learned a lot about them and they opened my eyes as to the opportunities that I can benefit from within the company. I really am glad I am interning in this company and hope that I learn many new and interesting things.