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Mercedes Boess

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: eXtraordinary Floral & Events
Company/Organization website: http://xfloral.events
Title: Events Intern
Destination: Polk City, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring 2017

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Throughout my internship I was responsible for assisting my supervisors in both the event and floral areas of their business. As an intern, I assist with developing floral arrangements and delivering arrangements throughout the week. I also assist with setting up for events, and also the florals for these events.

I accomplished...
One of my greatest accomplishments in my internship was actually getting to create a bride's bouquet for a wedding. Getting to do something of this importance when you are technically just an intern is a pretty great feeling.

I learned...
One of the greatest lessons would be just overall customer interaction. This is something that can come hard for some people, because there are people in the world who can be hard to work with, so learning how to properly interact and work with customers is a great lesson to learn, especially in a service industry like events and hospitality.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to try something, even if it is something you don't normally do, or is completely out of your comfort zone. You might find out you really like something, and if you end up not liking it, you still gained the experience. Which might help you in a future job!

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