Intern Insights: Event Planning

By Posted in - Public Relations & Special Events on June 3rd, 2011 0 Comments

Like many 18 year olds fresh out of high school, I began college not knowing what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started as a business major and quickly realized within the first two weeks of school that it was not the right major for me. I decided to go to the career center and talk a career counselor about switching majors. After taking a personality test, I thought Communication Studies would be a good fit for me. However, I was not interested in a career in public relations at the time. I wanted to be an event planner. I have always loved planning things and thought it would be a job I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life.

Eventually public relations caught my eye and I took some classes to learn more about it. My interests began to shift towards public relations, but event planning stayed in the back of my mind. However, I knew that public relations sometimes involved event planning. This past January I started a public relations internship and had the opportunity to assist with the planning and implementation of several events.  I was in for a surprise.  I had no idea how much hard work goes into events. While I enjoyed helping with the events, I quickly realized it was not a field I could see myself working in full-time.

At Full Circle we are currently working with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to plan a Race for the Cure event. This is by far the largest event I have assisted with. While the race isn’t until September, we already have weekly status meetings to plan and designate tasks to be done each week. I didn’t realize all the details and planning that a successful event requires until I had the chance to assist with the planning process. This is just another example of real world experience having  greater value than classroom experience.  I know I said event planning was not something I wanted to do full-time, but I enjoy it in smaller doses. I’m glad I have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in event planning while also getting valuable public relations experience.


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