I assist the Special Events Manager and oversee my own projects to prepare for the Fight for Air Climb, a fundraiser where participants climb four different flights of stairs in skyscrapers in downtown Des Moines. I organized a practice climb prior to the Climb for participants to train. I also manage the marketing and promotion for the event, attend staff meetings, recruit and assist volunteers, gain database and fundraising knowledge in a professional environment, and will create a portfolio of my work throughout the internship.
I have made over 500 personal phone calls to new climbers to welcome them to the event and answer any questions they may have. I also have gained marketing experience by creating social media graphics, signs for the event, and writing emails to send to all participants.
What advice would you give?
I would suggest for future students to select an internship they want to learn more about or gain experience in. You spend a lot of time at the location, so you should enjoy what you are doing. Start looking for internships early so you can see what kinds of opportunities are available!