An Internship to Remember
by Alyssa Ufer
Throughout life, many people ask us what our ambitions are. As children, we aspire to have success in our career and a prosperous lifestyle. While maintaining this definitive goal, those childhood aspirations change as we mature and have new experiences. When I first accepted a position at The International Center, I did so with hopes that the internship would give me confirmation that event management was my appropriate path.
The International Center has provided me with more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. Working with a non-profit organization provides many networking opportunities with local, regional and global connections, (The International Center provides great services to Indiana by facilitating connections across the globe to improve our local communities). I have been fortunate enough to meet many benevolent individuals in the community, many of whom were extremely helpful in the planning of the award ceremony for an influential member of both our domestic and foreign communities.
As the International Citizen of the Year Event Management Intern, I had the privilege of touching nearly every aspect of the planning process for the 2013 International Citizen of the Year banquet and award program, for Mark Miles the CEO of Hulman and Company.
I began this internship with no prior event planning experience and had only volunteered at a handful of events through classes. When I was brought on I was told I would be the “glue” that would hold the planning process together. I was thrilled to be presented with such a challenge and excited to learn each of the steps involved in planning a major fundraising event.
As the months progressed, I met new challenges and opportunities. I knew there where many tasks associated with planning an event, though I had never thought that each task would have so many facets. Working on nearly every aspect of the event in some way or another left me with a full agenda. Without the dedication of the management team we wouldn’t have accomplished the many variables that led to one fantastic evening.
From developing the invitation list and brainstorming the theme and ambiance of the event, to securing a table diagram and assigning table numbers, each task gave me experience and knowledge that will help immensely in the future. I am thrilled to have been part of an organization that does so much for the local and global community alike. The International Center offers great opportunities for Indiana, especially in their internship program. I have learned and accomplished so much in my time with the organization and am thankful for all the opportunities it has provided for me. This year’s International Citizen of the Year award banquet was not only a success on the evening of the event, but also a successful internship experience that I will remember for a lifetime.