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.

Altone Viera’s Spring 2014 Internship Experience with Music Production

This is my 2nd time interning at SiriusXM and this time around I have the privilege to work with the Production Department and help create imaging elements for all the channels. My mentor Tom has been training me on Pro Tools and is showing me advanced editing techniques that I have implemented into the projects that have been assigned to me. I also have the opportunity to work with all of the other producers and each of them has been helpful by offering constructive criticism and positive reinforcement with the works I present to them. I enjoy the idea of being able to produce elements for different channels because it’s making me versatile and exposing me to the different programming that is offered by SiriusXM, one day I could be working on a project for Hits 1 which is the Pop channel and the next day I could be working on a project for the 60′s channel. It’s great to become familiar with what is outside of my comfort zone because it broadens my skill set and could possibly be a benefit to me in the future. A lot of work, time and detail goes into the imaging that is produced for all of the channels and I’m seeing the process of conceptualization firsthand from writing the copy, to recording the vocals all the way to editing and mixing the elements to end up with a complete production that will get aired and reach millions of listeners nationwide. I’m looking forward to working hard the rest of the semester and taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge that is available to me during this time.

Evan Weinstein, SiriusXM Dance & Electronic Channel Intern

About a month into round 2 of being an intern at SiriusXM! Last spring, I interned with the  Dance/Electronic channels that are BPM and Electric Area and this year I picked up where I left off and returned to the same channels. It felt like I never left! My mentors and other staff members were so glad to have me back that it felt like a family reunion instead of my “first day.” Right off the bat I got more responsibilities as an intern and was given more challenging work to accomplish. It was hard work at first, but then the fun started up again. Being a big fan of dance music, and already interning for the channels before, I got to meet artists that I knew all too well. I listened to Above & Beyond talk about their Acoustic album and became good pals with the guys of Cash Cash when they gave us a world exclusive track. I also got to see Deniz Koyu & Danny Avila again. I met them last year when Generation Wild had an Electric Aquarium set and oddly enough, Danny remembered me! All I can say is, round 2 is starting off to a great start!

James Linehan, SiriusXM Intern for the Country Channel

My experience at Sirius XM has been not only educational, but eye opening as well. After learning about radio and media studies in the classroom, I have not learned what I know now until I interned at this company. With the help of Al Skop, Music Director for Country and many other employees on the floor, I have had an excellent experience being an intern. I have learned how to make hooks for featured songs on the Highway, how to research feedback using social media websites, how to create music introductions using Adobe Audition, and much more. I am very confident that my future learning experience at Sirius XM will grow even more during the rest of the semester.

Christine Kutlu, SiriusXM Promotions & Events Intern

Christine Kutlu

Interning for SiriusXM so far has been one of the best experiences of my life! Everyone here has been so nice and welcoming that I feel like I’m part of the crew. I get to make people’s day by calling them and letting them know they won tickets to see The Fray, Elton John, Mike Epps, Brad Paisley, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, or attend Town Halls where they get to ask celebrities questions and take pictures with them. The list goes on and on! One winner even made my day when he told me “you have the best job, you get to make people happy.” Not only do I get to make people happy, but it’s a great feeling when you’re actually able to get hands on experience within a prestigious and professional company that continues to grow every day.

My favorite memory so far took place when I got to help with the biggest event SiriusXM has ever had on my second day of my internship, The Howard Stern Birthday Bash hosted by Jimmy Kimmel! I couldn’t even keep track of how many celebrities I got to be amongst. But let me just say, I was face to face with John Stamos and Train, as well as saw performances by John Mayer, Adam Levine, and Steven Tyler on stage with Slash; every girl’s dream! Oh and I can’t forget to mention see my favorite comedian of all time, Jimmy Fallon! My mentor has also taught me little tricks for Microsoft Office programs, how to create sweepstakes, affidavits for the events, liners for the DJs to say on air, keep organized spreadsheets, and let me attend important meetings. Each day I get to learn something new from my amazing mentor and the other team members; and look forward to what the rest of my internship entails!

Ilana Ratner’s Spring 2014 Internship Experience with Ad Sales

Just about a month ago I walked into Sirius XM offices for my first day.  I was excited but also very nervous.  I knew interning at a large company would be different from my past experiences interning at local companies.  After orientation I felt reassured that I would come out of this experience with valuable information I could take with me wherever I end up.  So far my experience here has been awesome.  During my first week I got to attend radio row.   I saw all different radio stations and TV channels gearing up for the big Superbowl event.  We even saw a couple of players who played in the Superbowl which was even more exciting.  Almost every time I come into work I feel like I am learning something new and exciting.  So far I’ve wrote a handful of ads and promotions for various different channels.  Although no one really knows I wrote them except for my department I feel kind of special that something I wrote is on the radio.  Each and every day is a new experience that I will take with me forever.  I am glad I’ve been chosen to be an intern here at Sirius XM and I can’t wait to see what future holds.

Andrew Marshello, SiriusXM Intern for the The Michelangelo Signorile Show

Although I have only been an intern at SiriusXM for a little over a month, I have learned more in my time here than my previous two internships combined. As a talk programming intern for Progress 127’s Michelangelo Signorile Show, I have been asked to actually contribute to the show through interview preparation, audio editing, and occasionally board operation (today is actually my first day on the board). I expected a good experience at SiriusXM, but I did not expect to be treated like part of the team rather than an annoyance who only gets in the way. The show producers and host have made me feel welcomed, and that has motivated me to do the best I possibly can as an intern. When I do a good job, the positive feedback is overwhelming, and if I make a mistake, I am shown the proper way to do something without being talked down to. I hope to take on even more responsibilities during my time as an intern at SiriusXM , with the ultimate goal of being remembered as the best intern The Michelangelo Signorile Show has ever had.