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Bethany Fingerle

Major: Event Management

Company/Organization: Iowa State University
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Destination: Ames, IA
Timeframe: Summer

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I was responsible for...
Become knowledgeable about all academic disciplines, culture, policies and processes in the College of Human Sciences. Work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate). Participate in committee work for college events and projects including setting agendas, preparing information to present at meetings, and meeting follow-up. Work with the college communications team to promote events including marketing materials, social media, web site content, and press releases. Plan and prepare event and project meeting agendas, design programs, and develop signage. Work within various event and project budgets. Attend and help facilitate events throughout the summer providing leadership including supply pick-up, set-up, event execution, and tear-down. Develop event and project final reports.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was researching, planning, and leading 5 focus groups to get information about how the College of Human Sciences website can best benefit students. I started by researching what a focus group is and how to lead a successful focus group discussion. Next, I drafted emails and questions, and reached out to students to get participants. Then, I facilitated all 5 focus groups and summarized the main themes that were discussed by the participants.

I learned...
I learned how to communicate on a professional level and how to make connections with people that I learned a lot from. From day one, I met a lot of professionals that were all eager to work with me and pass on wisdom so that I could be successful in the future.

Advice for others...
Always be open to new experiences, you'll never know what will happen. I never pictured myself in this internship but it's been one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my academic career. If you work hard, opportunities will present themselves.

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