Spotlights

Luisa Salazar, WPUNJ ’17

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.

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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.

 

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Bonnie, SiriusXM Internship Recruiter

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:

  1. Providing hands on training and meaningful work and projects to each intern
  2. One-on-One counseling/ evaluation
  3. 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.