Event Management Careers and Internships

Career possibilities

  • Event coordinator
  • Event manager
  • Wedding planner
  • Special events coordinator
  • Meeting planner
  • Cruise event director
  • Conference planner
  • Conference services manager
  • Hotel guest services manager
  • Association manager
  • Trade show/exhibit director
  • Athletic production coordinator
  • Corporate events planner
  • Convention sales manager

Internship opportunities

Internships are available with various event planning firms.  Contact Rita McClain for more information about the opportunities that await you in this exciting field!

The following are great ways for students to find possible internships:

  • Students research potential internships and employers in two classes: AESHM 113, Professional Development, and AESHM 311, Seminar on Careers and Internships.
  • The College Career Services office maintains a database of potential careers and internships.
  • College of Human Sciences Career Services offers many career planning resources, including one-on-one student consultations.
  • Students can use CyHire  to search job postings from companies that contact Iowa State to recruit.
  • Companies visit campus each year during the career fair.
  • Numerous alumni share opportunities with our students each semester through calls, emails, campus visits, etc.
  • Professional networking opportunities are available to students through NSMH and PCMA conferences.

Past internship experiences

View previous event management student internship experiences in Career Connections.

  • Contact Information

    Human Sciences Career Services
    131 MacKay Hall
    2302 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1178

    Academic Internship Contact:
    Rita McClain

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  • Advice from EM students

    "Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Go somewhere new. Do something new. That way you'll be a variety of people."
    - Bethany Freeman, Class of 2018

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