How did you find your internship?
My cousin owns a florist shop in the Albany, NY area and he has worked with many wedding planners over the years. He was able to connect me with the top three wedding planners in the area. I interviewed with Wedding Planning Plus and was offered the internship.
What are some of your daily job duties?
On the actual day of a wedding, the wedding coordinator and I could be considered personal assistants to the bride and groom. We always had to be thinking on our toes in order to ensure everything proceeded smoothly. Also, we had to make sure that the detailed itinerary was being followed precisely.
Did anything surprise you about the interviewing process or how you located your position?
Shannon Whitney, the owner of Wedding Planning Plus, conducted the interview through FaceTime because I was away at school during the early spring. I did not have any previous experience with event or wedding planning so when I reached out to my cousin and was able to get an interview with Shannon, I was relatively shocked. This process definitely confirmed to me that connections and networking are very important in the business field.
What has been most valuable about doing an internship?
Through this internship, I learned first hand that the customer/client is always right. This internship taught me the importance of putting on a happy face for the client. This reassures them that everything is proceeding as planned.
Do you have any tips for other students that are considering an internship or seeking full-time employment?
I would advise them to be prepared to work long hours, mainly on the weekends. It is a very tiring job, but it is also very rewarding when a successful wedding day comes to a close and the bride and groom are so happy and thankful for your help.