Luisa Salazar is a senior at William Paterson University, with a major in communication and a minor in media production and communication studies. Salazar discusses her passion for radio and her current music programming internship at SiriusXM Radio.
Where are you currently interning and how long have you been there?
I intern at SiriusXM and have been here for 4 months
What is your major and minor? Do they have anything to do with what you’re doing at your internship?
My major is communication and my minor is media production and communication studies. As a media production major I’m specialized in audio production. Everything that I’ve learned at school – I’ve applied to my day-to day at SiriusXM.
What is a day in the life of an intern? Do your tasks vary or stay the same on a day to day basis?
My tasks vary but they all relate to music programming. I typically help load voice tracks, edit interviews, ingest music among other things. I’m also in charge of doing the phone screening for two live shows.
How exactly did you pursue this internship? What was the process like from applying to then getting the internship?
I found the recruiter’s email and contacted her about my interest in the internship. I had a phone interview with the internship recruiter and then an in person interview with my music programming managers. After I followed up with the recruiter was when I found out that I had gotten the internship.
What are your end goals when it comes to your career? Do you believe your internship has helped you get closer to those goals?
Ultimately I want to host a morning radio show and I do think that this internship is a step in the right direction.
If you could have any job you wanted after you graduate, what would it be and why?
After graduation an ideal job would be a co-host of a morning radio show. This is what I’ve worked towards for these last four years of my college career.
What advice would you give to a student that wants to pursue a career in entertainment or more specifically production? Is there a specific path they should take?
Some advice i would give would be, if you love radio for all the right reasons (you love music, sharing ideas with others) then go for it – but if you go into it for fame or money, you will quickly fail.