For interns, I firmly believe there is only so much you can read about event planning…at some point (I suggest, after six weeks), you just have to do it.
I have planned hundreds of events, of all shapes and sizes, since 2003 and I must admit, I learn something new with every single one. Maybe we figured out the ballroom lights in Mercury Hall are on dimmers that sometimes self-adjust as if they are haunted…or that the loading dock at that one particular downtown hotel (you know the one) is a NIGHTMARE for load-in/out. Or maybe we learned how best to communicate with that DJ who never seems to respond to any emails we send them…not one, not at all.
These are the true teaching moments.
And in these “finesse” moments, it truly tests your abilities to stay calm, cool and collected…and your true colors shine.