Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Adult/Family Programs
Company/Organization: American Lung Association
Company/Organization website: http://www.lung.org/about-us/local-associations/iowa.html
Destination: Urbandale, Iowa
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
I assist the Special Events Manager and oversee my own projects to prepare for the Fight for Air Climb, a fundraiser where participants climb four different flights of stairs in skyscrapers in downtown Des Moines. I organized a practice climb prior to the Climb for participants to train. I also manage the marketing and promotion for the event, attend staff meetings, recruit and assist volunteers, gain database and fundraising knowledge in a professional environment, and will create a portfolio of my work throughout the internship.
I have made over 500 personal phone calls to new climbers to welcome them to the event and answer any questions they may have. I also have gained marketing experience by creating social media graphics, signs for the event, and writing emails to send to all participants.
I have learned about the steps necessary to plan and execute a large-scale fundraising event. I learned about each area of event planning, such as marketing, fundraising, communication to participants, and how to encourage teams to increase their members. I also learned that it is important to ask questions and pursue a career you are passionate about.
Advice for others...
I would suggest for future students to select an internship they want to learn more about or gain experience in. You spend a lot of time at the location, so you should enjoy what you are doing. Start looking for internships early so you can see what kinds of opportunities are available!