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Mary Kate Crowley

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: State Historical Museum of Iowa
Company/Organization website: https://iowaculture.gov
Destination: Des Moines, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
As the event intern here, I accompany the event coordinator in assisting with all events. I help with any tasks needed including running errands, meeting with clients, and setting up for events.

I accomplished...
So far my greatest accomplishment here is when I was a lead for an event. I got to check in with everyone prior to the event to make sure everything was in order. I still had my supervisor there to keep an eye on me and help me if needed.

I learned...
I've definitely learned to be more outspoken than I already am and to not take things personally sometimes. If a client is in a bad mood, it doesn't mean it's your fault. The same thing applies to coworkers. They might be short with you sometimes, but they might just be having an off day. Don't get offended and let it ruin your day.

Advice for others...
I would say to just be yourself in interviews and ask lots of questions on the job. Don't be afraid to make mistakes because being an intern is all about learning. Also remember to stay in touch with the people you work with because they could be a good networking opportunity later in life.

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