Bonnie is an internship recruiter at SiriusXM, she is in charge of the internship program at SiriusXM, she has asked for her last name to not be featured in this article. Bonnie gives prospective interns a look into the program she oversees and what exactly they look for in an intern!
How many applications do you receive a semester for the internship program? How competitive is the internship program at SiriusXM?
An estimated 4000-5000 applications are received in a recruiting session.
What sets the SiriusXM internship program apart from other entertainment related internship programs?
SiriusXM mentors offer hands on learning experience, allowing the intern to leave with skills they can apply and add on to their resume. Interns are also made feel they are part of the team, and are provided snack and learn session to hear from other company members, a one-on-one evaluation meeting and career tips.
What is the typical process that a candidate goes through before getting an internship offer at SiriusXM? How involved are the departments you are recruiting for?
Interns are screened and interviewed like employees. We take the selection process seriously. Departments such as programming (talk, music and sports, Public Relations, Talent Relations, Information Technology, Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Sales & Marketing are recruited for.
How does the SiriusXM internship program help seniors in college prepare for the working world? Is there anything in particular the program does to help seniors get jobs within SiriusXM?
SiriusXM’s internship program prepares our interns by the following:
- Providing hands on training and meaningful work and projects to each intern
- One-on-One counseling/ evaluation
- Career workshops to help our interns transition to full time or part time employees, and also placement if the opportunity is available.
What advice do you have to a future applicant who may be scared to apply to SiriusXM because of the fact SiriusXM is a very well-known media company?
An internship is a great way to start your career and explore your options. Nothing to be afraid of when there is so much you could gain!
In your opinion, what sets apart candidates that end up getting an internship position at SiriusXM? Is it related to their school work, internship experience?
Previous and related experience is helpful of course. For example, a previous internship, involvement in their school clubs or radio station.