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Chelsea Wiederin

Major: Event Management

Year: Junior

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Contemporary Services Corporation
Company/Organization website:
Title: Event Staff/Security Guard/Guest Services
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: May 21, 2015 - August 7, 2015

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
My responsibilities differ with each event I work. Each event I am part of a team of employees who work as security and guest services. The events that I am working this summer range from sporting events to concerts/festivals to other events, such as Zoo Brew at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.

I accomplished...
Since the entertainment side of the events industry is what I hope to work with in the future, I consider all of the concerts and festivals that I will be able to say I worked at and helped with after this internship experience an accomplishment.

My most valuable effort...
I haven't worked at it yet, but in the next few weeks, I will be working at the Gentlemen On The Road tour in Waverly, Iowa. I think this event is going to be valuable to me and the company I am interning with because it is the first year this event is taking place here and so many employees are needed for it. I am excited to be able to contribute my part to help make this festival successful.

I will never forget...
I think this whole experience has been memorable for me. I am meeting a lot of different people that I never would have without this job. I am able to work at a variety of different events that are fun and exciting. I am looking forward to making more memories and gaining more experience throughout the rest of the summer.

A surprising discovery...
I've always known that it takes a lot of work to make events successful, but through this experience I have been able to see just how much work it takes. I am thankful that I am able to learn so much from this experience.

Advice for others...
I would tell other students to be willing and open to learn. There's a lot of opportunities with this job, as well as in this industry, so just being willing to learn more. Taking open opportunities can help progress someone and hopefully push them towards where they want to go in their life.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
One of my good friends interned with this company in the past, so I knew about it through him. I also learned more about it through Jamie passing on emails about opportunities.

I landed this assignment by...
I sent in an online application from the company's website, and had an interview with the office manager a week or two later. She offered me the job at my interview and asked me to attend an orientation for new employees two weeks later. I have been working with this company ever since.

I wanted this experience because...
I wanted to work with this company because I wanted to work with entertainment events, and I am able to do that through this company.

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