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McKayla Birkenholtz

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa
Company/Organization website: https://rmhdesmoines.org/
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: Summer 2019

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was an events intern at RMH. I worked closely with the operations manager, special events coordinator, and data and graphics specialist. My responsibilities at RMH ranged from a variety of different things. I was responsible for helping prepare and create event materials for their two summer fundraising events, stuffing and mailing out invites for future events and thank you letters from previous events. I also worked quite a bit with data, graphic design, and various office work.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment would be seeing the events come to life. I was only an intern for two weeks before the golf outing fundraising event and it was really cool to see everything we worked on come to life! I am also proud of being able to put my knowledge of adobe softwares to use and creating donor logo recognitions to be posted on our social media, creating thank you cards, and other random projects.

I learned...
Be confident in your work and don’t be afraid to ask questions! It is better to be 100% sure than guessing and messing something up!

Advice for others...
Branch out and try different event related fields! Also, don’t shy away from non-profit organizations because of pay. They are a very rewarding experience and teach you so much! Working at the RMH is an experience I will not forget. The families staying there are so grateful for you and your dedication to serve them!

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