June 29, 2012

Fall 2012 Internship Opportunities at SiriusXM

Sirius XM Radio Inc. is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 channels of commercial free music, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to more than 20 million subscribers. We are one of the world's largest pure-play audio entertainment company and we are among the largest subscription media companies in the United States. SiriusXM broadcasts to subscribers everywhere they want to listen in cars, on boats, in the home or office, and through a wide range of mobile devices. SiriusXM offers an impressive array of content that spans virtually all genres and interests, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bob Edwards, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan, among others. SiriusXM is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and PGA Tour and offers major college sports.

SiriusXM is a great place to intern regardless of your major because they offer a deverse array of experiences including broadcasting, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, human resources, talk/music programming, and information technology. Find out more below and apply today!
Internships are offered in several different cities including New York, Washington DC, and Nashville

• Must be at least 18 years old

• Must work a minimum of 20 hours per week

• Must be enrolled in a college or university and be receiving academic credits for the internships (internships are all unpaid)

Internships Are Offered In The Following Fields:

• Finance & Accounting • Sales & Marketing • Broadcasting & Production

• Engingeering Information Technology Legal & Regulatory Human Resources

• Information Technology • E-Business & Web Design • Public Relations

Internships are from Septemeber 10 - December 21

Apply here:

Find out more and follow SiriusXM internships at
Twitter: @siriusxminterns
Facebook: /SiriusXMInternship

June 28, 2012

Taking Risks: Better Unsafe Than Sorry

How many times did your mother, aunt, grandmother, teacher, or someone else in your life tell you "better safe than sorry" when it came to doing risky, occaisonally stupid, things as a child? This may be a great motto when it comes to acting like Mary Poppins and trying to fly off your roof with an umbrella (I bet everyone knows at least one kid who tried that). Yet, as we grow older, and tend to become a lot more cautious inherently, this type of outlook isn't always the most helpful. It is scary to take risks and surely there will be some times when mother knows best. But what happens when taking a risk means the difference between going for your dreams or standing up for something you believe in? When it means moving across country to start a new job in a city you have always wanted to live in? What about when it means starting a new venture doing something you are passionate about? Or overcoming your stage fright to get on stage at your first open mic night and share your music with the world? It may be far more risky to sit it out, let the opportunity pass, and spend your days wishing you had tried.

We've been trained most of our lives to be risk averse. Your logic tells you that staying safe and following what you already know will avoid pain. There is another side to risk though filled with growth, learning, success, and achievement, and that side is usually worth the pain.

 So sometimes, when your logic kicks in and tells you that taking a chance to pursue your goals is risky and scary and not worth it, you should just tell it to shut up. In those cases, it is usually better to be unsafe than sorry.

June 25, 2012

Should You Turn Down a Job Offer?

In this economy, if a friend told you they were turning down a job offer you would probably say they are crazy, right? In fact, I'm pretty sure every source right now will tell you the same thing whether it be a blog, news story, family member, those student loan bills, and that TV you spend way too much time watching while unemployed. It may seem that way, but just because times are tough doesn't necessarily mean you should put yourself in a position that will make you miserable. Yes, you probably should be willing to stretch the confines of what you usually might be willing to accept because surely you have bills to pay, but that doesn't mean you should be taken advantage of or loose track of your long term goals. You still have to be honest with yourself and do what it right for you despite how crazy your friends and family might think you are. Because, let's be honest, a lot of the jobs available in this market are just downright abysmal (you mean you need a graduate degree to be a fry cook?...) and if you aren't willing to stand up for yourself, no one else is going to either. 

So, when might you consider turning down a job offer. Well, that's really up to you to decide. It is certainly a tough and important decision that only you can make after consulting with friends, family, and industry mentors. However, here's a few examples of where you might be better off waiting for something better.

Let's begin with the most obvious here. Just because you're feeling desperate, you shouldn't get involved with something where you gut instinct tells you things aren't right. Keep alert and avoid falling into traps for which the unemployed are particularly vulnerable: very low paying jobs that should be much higher, scam emails attempting to steal your identity, etc.

Cost of Living

June 20, 2012

What To Look For In A College Music Industry Program

If you plan on working in the entertainment industry and intend to go to college first (this wasn't always necessary, but most jobs do require a degree now), the good news is you have far more choices than existed even when I began college. What was once a very rare degree usually only available at private colleges that could afford to build recording studios, has become fairly commonplace at countless institutes of higher learning. Even my local community college offers courses related to the entertainment business. The bad news is, endless options makes it far more difficult to decide where to apply and ultimately which program to choose. So, what the heck should you look for when it comes to choosing a music or entertainment industry degree program? We'll start with a few basics today and keep updating the list in the future.
By legge_e_mare [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Location, Location, Location
This adage isn't just about real estate. You probably think it's important to go to the best school or degree program you can afford so that when you graduate your resume will list a well respected institution. That may be true to an extent, but you may be better off changing that theory to the best school you can afford in the location you like the most. What exactly does that mean? Well, let's say you know you really want to live New York City someday. You apply to schools in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York but you don't get into your first choice in New York. You do get accepeted into a lesser known program in New York but those schools that accepeted you in Philadelphia and Chicago are far more prestigious. You should go to one of them, right? Well, only you can decide what is right for you and which school will make you happy. However, you should take into account that the school you choose to attend is also the place you will spend the next 4-5 years of your life. It is where you will make amazing new friends, build relationships with professors, discover great restaurants and hangouts, and make new contacts in your industry. It won't just be hard emotionally to leave these connections behind at graduation, it will also be more difficult to find a job many miles away from your main network. That being said, it doesn't mean it is impossible to go to school in Chicago and move to another city later, or even to do summer internships in another city. You just have to be willing to put in the extra time and effort it will likely take to make it happen.

Internships and Co-ops

June 19, 2012

#ThisIsMusic: Paul McCartney

Back in February, a lot of teens on Twitter caused an online uproar during the GRAMMY Awards Telecast when they caused "Who is Paul McCartney?" to trend. Like most music fans, we, and many of our readers, were rather appalled. We decided to do something about and started #ThisIsMusic, a community-based, and named, project to identify and share information about the most influential musicians. The project started via Twitter chats and collective contributions to a Google Doc with plans to begin weekly posts focusing on each musician. So, what better way to begin those posts than by featuring the man who inadvertently inspired them and on the week of his 70th birthday? So, here's to Paul McCartney with our first post in this new series. 

Creative Commons Image courtesy of Oil Gill on Wikipedia
Sir James Paul McCartney (yes, he has been knighted) better known as Paul McCartney

Born and raised in Liverpool, UK. Though, his music has been influential and successful in nearly all corners of the world

Essentially 1963 - present

There is so much to say about the contributions of Paul McCartney that countless books have been written on the subject, but for our purposes we will stick with the absolute basics that you need to know to understand his place in music history. McCartney started his music career by joining John Lennon's local skiffle, a pre-cursor to rock, band as a young teen in Liverpool. After a name change to The Beatles, time spent in Hamburg honing their craft, and a few changes to their lineup, the band released their first commercial single, "Love Me Do." The band had already built a fan base through several popular singles in the US before setting foot in the States and it was clear when they finally did arrive that this was a type of fan-driven hysteria unlike anything that had come before. The term "Beatlemania" was used to describe the way fans would swoon, scream relentlessly, and even faint upon catching a glimpse of the band. The Beatles are responsible for some of the most famous and respected songs, most of which were written by McCartney either alone or in partnership with John Lennon, and albums of all time despite the fact that their career as a band was actually relatively short.