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My Internship: Meet Grad Georgia

Georgia is one switched on, focused girl when it comes to her event career. An event lover from way back, she is someone who saw the need for a career that ticked a few boxes:

  • a job that kept her on her toes
  • working in a challenging environment
  • a place where she could use her talent for organisation and management

Event management met the criteria and when it came to picking a course, Georgia wanted something relevant and industry focused. Let’s hear what Georgia says about the internship that she secured while studying…

What events are you passionate about?

Weddings, festivals and corporate functions! There’s not much I don’t love.

Where did you do your internship, what was your position and what were the terms of the internship

I interned with American Express Meetings and Events (Global Business Travel), and worked on a Monday and Tuesday 9-5. My role essentially was an events assistant. My duties included helping research global destinations, finding restaurants, entertainment activities and also helping to run a two-day conference.

What did a typical work day look like during your internship?

Most of my days were spent amongst the events team doing small tasks. These included sourcing restaurants in America or Europe and finding activities for study tours. I also was lucky enough to go to a networking lunch cruise in Sydney Harbour, and was a point of contact at a two-day conference with a client.

Is working in events as glam as it sounds?

Yes and no – events are a lot of hard work and dedication. I got to see through my internship how much the event managers at AMEX GBT put into their job…and how much can go wrong. Knowing the importance of an event definitely pushes you to make it as seamless as possible, but that itself takes major work. Bump-in is also quite the workout, and at the end of it you certainly don’t look (or smell) that great. The glamorous side, for me at least, included the networking lunch cruise!

Can you tell how you secured your internship?

Definitely through the recommendation from the CoEM Industry Engagement Manager! I was told in my interview that she wouldn’t need to look further after the good word had put in for me.

Why do you think you were picked? (be honest not modest)

I think my interviewer definitely saw that I was a determined and diligent person, but again CoEM’s recommendation helped significantly.

What was your favourite thing about interning?

My final two days were spent working on a conference, and they very generously allowed for me to stay at the hotel the conference was located at that night! Getting to know the team was also a major highlight of interning.

What tips could you give those wanting an internship during or after their course?

Persistence and patience is key! It took me a while to secure an internship, but the right opportunity will come along once you’re ready for it! AMEX took about two months to respond to my application, so stay patient and it’ll all be worth it with the knowledge you learn.

What factors led you to study with CoEM?

I’ve always been passionate about events, and couldn’t find any university courses that interested me, nor did I want a boring job. I knew that the events industry would keep me on my toes, and that no two days would be the same!

How valuable do you think the Industry Engagement Program was and why?

IEP is extremely valuable because of the great benefits it brings. Whilst building the hours necessary in volunteer work for my Diploma, I got to learn so much about events, got to see how much work it takes to create an event. And I got to understand the ins and outs of the industry. IEP allows you to network, build relationships and learn, and possibly even secure a job once you finish your Diploma!

Graduates from College of Event Management are job-ready! If you’re wanting to find out more about a career in event management there’s plenty of information on our website about our specialised event courses. Any of our course advisors will be more than happy to chat to you on 02 9280 4912 or you can request a call back HERE

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