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Hayley Sebahar

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: ISU 4U Promise
Company/Organization website: https://www.hs.iastate.edu/isu4u/
Destination: Ames
Timeframe: Fall

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
As an intern at ISU 4U, I am mainly in charge of assisting my team in planning our College Night event, recruiting volunteers, and educating the community at Iowa State and Des Moines about our program. I have been in charge of recruiting volunteer and sponsors for the event. Additionally, teamwork is a big aspect of this job, and we work together on sharing ideas. In preparing for our event, I have had experience with creating signage, mapping, working with volunteers, sponsors, and vendors, creating event materials such as flyers and additional components used at the event. Overall, as an intern at ISU 4U, I have gotten a taste of all aspects of representing an organization and planning events.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my experience at ISU 4U would be gaining the trust of my employer and team. I think that many people working in internships have a fear or intimidation of the work given that it is a new and hands-on experience that we have never done before. When I first entered this position I was scared of messing up and ruining something within the organization. However, over time I realized that my employer wanted the best for me and that they valued and trusted my ideas and work. This gave me the confidence to excel in my position and also get me excited about my future career in event management.

I learned...
I would say that the greatest lesson that I learned at ISU 4U would be that staying organized is the most important thing on an event day. Event days are hectic, and there are about a million things that need to get done. Delegating work is important, and it is also important to keep track of what is done, what needs to get done, and by what time things need to happen by. When setting up our event we had detailed lists of where our sponsors and volunteers were going to be located and what time each was going to arrive. Additionally, we had checklists for other things that we needed to complete, such as table set up, signage posting, catering, and so on. By having such a detailed checklist, we were actually able to be a little bit ahead of schedule which doesn't happen often. Therefore this was a great learning experience because it showed me what a difference an organized and detailed plan can do for your event.

Advice for others...
My advice for future students is to not be afraid of taking chances. Applying for internships and joining the workforce is scary and intimidating, but it has such a high pay off. Additionally, I would say that you should make the most of your internship experience. Use your voice, ask questions, and try to make a difference within your organization. I guarantee that your employer will appreciate your perspective and want you to succeed. Good luck!

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