A couple weeks ago Brandon Renbaum, a graduate of the SiriusXM internship program, was one of the winners of InternMatch’s “2010 Internship Competition.” After being impressed by Brandon’s well written and insightful essay, we were equally impressed with how many hands-on, and unique professional experiences Brandon was exposed to while working at SiriusXM.
A snapshot of some of the highlights includes:
• Interacting and learning on a daily basis with music veteran and Program Director Mike Marrone.
• Receiving high-level training in a variety of professional and broadcasting software.
• Hosting an intern podcast
• And last (but not least) hosting his own intern radio show on SiriusXM’s “The Loft”
These educational opportunities are not unique to the SiriusXM broadcast interns, but extend to all of the over 200 interns the company recruits annually including in the Finance, Marketing, PR, and other departments. The evolution of SiriusXM’s internship program has been led by Ross (the Boss), SiriusXM’s Manager of College Programs, who has put education at the forefront of the program to the benefit of students and SiriusXM. The internship program focuses on professional development, mentoring, and creative projects that give students first-hand experience of the working world:
Professional development in the form of workshops, training, and mentoring is one of the core benefits large companies offer their employees to accelerate their careers. SiriusXM has taken the initiative to offer the same opportunities to its interns. Their internship program begins with a weeklong introductory course that helps students learn how to use critical software tools. Such critical training continues throughout the internship and helps SiriusXM interns develop their resume and get prepared to be effective in the professional world in a way that most classes do not teach.
Ross (the Boss) has helped to cultivate a culture within SiriusXM that includes transferring knowledge from top executives to each new class of interns. SiriusXM interns are exposed to webinars and presentations from top level executives who can share professional insights and tips that help students better assess their future careers.
SiriusXM recognizes that by fostering an open and accessible environment for their interns, they will get feedback and ideas from interns that may not have been considered before. From day one, Brandon was treated by his boss as a peer, and he returned the good-will by leading a number of creative initiatives such as hosting an intern podcast, editing intern videos, and even hosting his own four-hour show on “The Loft” on SiriusXM.
SiriusXM’s company culture respects their interns by giving them access to educational experiences, exploration of future careers, and high level contacts to grow their professional network. While SiruisXM was named one of the “Top 10 Internship Programs in America” in 2008 by Vault.com, they have not been complacent. The program continues to innovate and expand their offerings and demonstrate how creativity and intern empowerment can benefit the intern and organization alike.
To apply for SiriusXM’s internship program, you can check out listings on InternMatch.com or go to www.siriusxm.com/internships. For more information on their program, check out their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Podcast. Also, you can connect with Ross (the Boss) via LinkedIn or Twitter.