Emma Thompson

Major: Event Management
Company/Organization: Honey + Joy Events
Company/Organization website: https://honeyandjoyevents.com/
Destination: Ankeny, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer 2023
Advisor/Coordinator Email: jbeyer@iastate.edu


During my internship I played a few different roles. During the week I helped with packing rentals, cleaning rentals, organizing the warehouse, and helping prepare stationary for the upcoming weekend. On the weekends I would help set up + tear down events. I also got to shadow a few of the lead planners on wedding days.


My greatest accomplishment from my internship was getting to pack, set up, tear down and experience our million dollar wedding this summer. I got to see a lot of the work leading up to the weekend, so seeing it all come together was so amazing.

Learning experience

I would say that this experience has brought me out of my shell. In this industry you really can't be shy, I learned a lot of about how to communicate with not only the bride and groom, but also vendors, family, and attendees. I've noticed a lot more confidence in my communication skills as the summer has gone on.

What advice would you give?

I would advice that you try everything before choosing a track. I took all different types of event classes to keep my options open to all the things you can do with this degree. After my internship, I can confidently say I am 100% set on weddings.

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