Event management

Event management is a growing career field. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports demand for event managers is expected to grow 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. The event management major at Iowa State University (ISU) is the only four-year program of its kind in the state of Iowa and one of only a few in the Midwest.

Students in the event management major learn from the best. Our faculty members are experts in a wide range of areas related to hospitality, food service, catering, promotion, brand management, trend analysis, resource management, and finances.

Being on the ISU campus provides event management students with unique opportunities to gain valuable experience and internal internships:

  • Students can be involved with the annual ISU Fashion Show — one of the largest student-produced fashion shows in the nation.
  • Other opportunities to gain event planning skills include the athletics department, the alumni association, ISU Dining/catering, the Greek system, and Dance Marathon.

Facilities and laboratories

Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a non-profit, teaching operation in a hands-on learning lab that serves approximately 100 guests. The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class operates the Tearoom. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Program information

We’re #1

Named best college in the United States for an event planning degree in 2018.
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Accelerated degree option

An accelerated degree option is available for the event management program.

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Event management study abroad programs

The event management program offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office

Careers and internships

Graduates of the event management program are well-prepared for entrance in careers in special event coordination, cruise events, conference/hotel guest service management, and trade show directing.

Graduate programs in event management

Career services
Prepare for your next job or internship with Career Services, where staff help you with job and internship searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter reviews.

Look at a list of career possibilities inside the event management industry.


Various internships are available within event management. Students research potential internships and employers in two classes: AESHM 113, Professional Development, and AESHM 311, Seminar on Careers and Internships.

To apply for internships and full-time positions, use CyHire, on-campus career fairs, career services, and talk to your internship coordinator.

See where other students have interned. Visit Career Connections.