Silas Kezengwa, Talk Programming Intern

Interning at SiriusXM has been an absolute blast! I’m currently working as a Talk Programming Intern with The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM Progress 127. The entire team which include the show’s producers and host, have been so supportive and helpful every step of the way. It’s amazing to be viewed and treated as a valued benefit to the show’s production. There’s so many incredible projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on. I’ve created best of shows and promos as well as prepared guest interviews that have all made air. Additionally, I’ve had the chance to work the audio boards during live shows which has been an exciting opportunity. The overall environment through the halls, at the desks and inside the studios are fantastic.  Everyone from other interns to production assistants to producers to security guards, have been so welcoming and friendly. I’ve had so many opportunities to put various editorial and technical skills to work, further developing those I have and gaining new ones along the way. In addition to various professional skills, I’ve learned a lot about myself through the weeks I’ve been here. I’ve definitely grown personally out of this experience. Interning at SiriusXM is an opportunity I already hold close to me and will treasure going forward. It will certainly be an asset as I develop my career in this industry. Not only has it been a fantastic learning experience, it’s been so much fun! I look forward for what’s to come as I continue the rest of my incredible experience at SiriusXM.

Ethan Brown, Talk Programming Intern

 

I can’t believe there is only three more weeks left of my internship.  Thanks to the staff that I have been able to work with for the last three months, I have went from having minimal experience in radio production and working with talent to running the sound boards and greeting guests daily for our talk show, “Tell Me Everything.”  In addition to the experience, I have met some great people along the way who I have learned much from.  Gaining this type of experience and making plenty of connections will enable me to further my career in media in the future.  For any future interns reading this, I can give you some advice.  First, show up early every day and stay late – your mentors will appreciate this in the long run.  Second, don’t think you can’t do something just because you are unsure of how to do it – I didn’t think I would ever learn how to run the sound board by myself and I’ve been doing it for the majority of my time here.  And finally, have fun! – make as many friends as you can, meet as many people in the industry and don’t forget to enjoy your time at SiriusXM.

 

Lance Muratore – Two Time Sports Programming Intern

Saying goodbye was hard the first time, saying goodbye a second time is going to be tougher. The past two semesters, I enjoyed the time of my life being associated with SiriusXM Radio. The environment is extremely amazing, as people are very nice and are willing to help you out with assignments. I have learned so much knowledge about how the media of sports works and much knowledge about sports in general. Being able to learn and grow as an individual and strive for future goals and opportunities. I very much enjoyed playing my role in order for our team, Movin’ the Chains, to be in a position to success. Making that sacrificing play, no matter what it was, in order for our team to move ahead. In the end, goals and accomplishments are meant to be broken no matter what industry or company you are. Your legacy and reputation will live on forever and that’s how people will remain you. Working with two different shows has really educated me a lot. The teams have different philosophies of how they run the show. Lucky, for me, I was able to learn both. Knowledge of the difference in how to be a board operator or different useful ways to create promos and edit audio. The only task left to complete is to finish out this internship strong. I am truly grateful for both opportunities and loved every minute of being a part of the SiriusXM family.

Final Thoughts from SiriusXM HR Intern Samantha Studley

It’s hard to believe that my internship at SiriusXM is half way over. The time has flown while I was here and I have learned an incredible amount. My mentor Bonnie has guided me through the process and taught me so many valuable skills that I will not only use in my career but throughout life as well. I have also met a lot of people who have shared with me their experiences and gave me new knowledge and ideas that has and will continue to help me throughout my career. I have gained firsthand experience in all aspects of the recruitment process for candidates and am grateful that I did not only get to see the process but I am also an active part of it. I have been able to review resumes and select candidates to prescreen and go through the recruitment process with for an internship here at SiriusXM. It’s been very rewarding to be able to apply what I have learned and see the results of my own efforts.  I have also been given the opportunity to shadow different individuals in the Human Resources department here at SiriusXM and they have all taught me different skills and knowledge not only about human resources but about the company as a whole. All of these things and just the general atmosphere and environment of SiriusXM has given me a great experience and will have me missing the internship when it ends!

Talib Babb’s SiriusXM Internship Experience

As my time winds down at SiriusXM, I must say that this internship was a very enjoyable experience. During the semester, I was able to gain so much experience in the radio industry. Working with the Fantasy Nation channel gave me an inside look at how good radio is produced. 

The most important skills I learned as an intern was board operating. The first day I walked into the studio and saw the control board was intimidating. I didn’t understand how anybody could learn all the buttons on it. However, I was surrounded by knowledgeable professionals who taught me step-by-step how the board works. After they taught me and walked me through the procedures, I was able to sit at the board by myself and just practice until I became comfortable operating the board by myself. 

Now I’m able to do so and I’m glad that the producers in the Fantasy Nation channel were able to help me so much with that.

Final Thoughts from HR Intern Alycia Witherspoon

This has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a company.  My time at SiriusXM has gone by so fast and in that time, I’ve been able to learn a lot. Although I’ve had previous internships in the HR field, I was able to gain so much more experience at SiriusXM. I assisted in coordinating our Intern Radio Show. I was able to prescreen candidates for our internship program and develop strategic ideas for our social media platforms.  My mentor allowed me to have a bigger role than just an intern. She has given me the necessary tools needed to be successful in HR.  I really enjoyed working at SiriusXM. I have worked with some amazing people and learned so much from this experience. I’m so glad that I was able to partake in working with a company like SiriusXM.

Final Thoughts with Music Programming Intern Abby Reutzel

Hard to believe that the spring semester at SiriusXM is almost done. This was my second semester interning at SiriusXM and I can honestly say it has been one of the best experiences of my entire life. I have learned so much and met some really amazing people. 

This semester I took on a lot of new roles as compared to my fall internship and so it’s been a really busy, but rewarding time. I continued on as the 90s on 9 and Pop2K intern, but I also became the intern for The Pulse’s morning show. Being a morning show intern has meant that I need to get up quite early every day, which I thought would be really hard, but has turned out to be not so bad after all. I also intern twice a week in Fantasy Sports which is a ton of fun. It’s my first experience outside of music programming and in a talk radio format. I also shadowed in production once or twice this semester in order to gain some extra experience.

I think the best advice I can give to a SiriusXM intern is to always ask questions and to look for opportunities to learn new things. I was so fortunate to be able to move around departments and stations because it allowed me to learn the different ways tasks are completed and the differences between formats. 

This has been an unforgettable semester and I hope someday I can return to SiriusXM.

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!