Kaley Severn

Major: Event Management
Minor/option/emphasis: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Company/Organization: Kingland
Company/Organization website: https://www.kingland.com/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring
Advisor/Coordinator Email: briaj@iastate.edu


As the Events and HR Advanced Intern at Kingland, I organize weekly incentives and events for our employees and visitors. I collaborate with members of the human resources, marketing, and finance team in our company to plan successful events. Outside of Kingland, I work with catering companies, promotional merchandise companies, and non-profit companies to gather materials needed for events.


One event I assisted with at Kingland was an Intern Welcome Celebration. It was held at the beginning of the year. Future Kingland interns and current employees attended. There was a presentation, a meal, and gifts provided. I coordinated the gifts and food that was provided. I gained new skills and felt accomplished by introducing people to the company in a positive way.

Learning experience

One of the lessons at learned during my time at Kingland was to make a connection with as many people as possible. Kingland has around 150 employees. Talking with others was not only a great way to make the company feel smaller and welcoming, but also helpful at times. For example, I knew I could reach out to other employees besides my manager when I had a problem or a question.

What advice would you give?

One thing I would encourage college students to do is never be afraid to apply for a position. Whether that be a job, internship, or volunteer position. You never know the skills you will gain or the people you will meet. Even if you do not think you are qualified it does not hurt to apply. Someone else might see potential in you that you do not see. You could also make connections that are helpful in the future.

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