A couple of weeks ago I finished up an internship with a large running-themed event in Eugene and I learned a lot about event management. While I participated in my fair share of manual labor, my primary task for the weekend was to manage the social media during the days surrounding the event. This responsibility allowed me to roam throughout the all the different mini-events throughout the weekend that go into planning and executing a large event like this one.
Starting with the set up, which even with teams of volunteers seemed daunting, I arrived and began documenting the day particularly taking note of anywhere sponsor signage popped up. Over the few days, moved back and forth between locations making sure everything was on track and amazingly each day’s tasks were completed slightly ahead of schedule with very few hiccups or complaints. However, most days I arrived at a time in the morning when most of my peers would be coming home from the previous night’s activities.
I learned that especially at big events, when it’s show time everybody jumps in and does what needs to be done. The teamwork between the coordinators and interns as well as flexibility of everybody was what made this event work.
While I know for certain that event planning would never be something I would want to do for a full-time career because I value my sleep too much, working this event made me see how fun and exciting event management can be.
– Melany Boulton