This past week (starting May 8th) was my first week starting my Event Logistic Internship at StarEvents. I was attracted to StarEvents originally because I plan to pursue a career in the event planning industry. In pursuing this career, I have gained event planning experience in a variety of industries: community relations, higher education, retail, and magazine/print. I feel that the more industries I gain event planning experience in, the more I will be able to specify which aspects of the job are most attractive to me and thus, which industry I eventually want to end up in post-graduation.
StarEvents works primarily on festivals around the downtown Chicago area during the summer months. This was extremely attractive for me, as I have never worked on festival event planning nor worked on events this large-scale. The largest event I have ever planned had roughly 600 attendees, while StarEvents festivals have thousands of attendees. I am interested to learn how the size of an event influences how to go about planning it. Additionally, I am interested to learn the additional factors that go into planning outdoor events verses indoor events.
I am extremely eager to learn about all the small aspects/details that go into planning such a large-scale festival. From tasks as large as booking the entertainment at a music festival to tasks as small as booking a food vendor, every aspect of the event is an important piece of the finished product. I am looking forward to learning about all the work that goes into putting on a large-scale event, helpful ways to keep organized when dealing with events of this large a magnitude, and working with clients/vendors/attendees to ensure smooth success of an event. Additionally, getting to work these events will be a great way to discover different areas around Chicago while I’m here :).
I am looking forward to a great summer!