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Special Events Intern – Fall 2016

Special Events Intern – Fall 2016

Visit Seattle is seeking one Special Events Intern from September 26 – December 15, 2016 (dates are approximate and possibly flexible based on mutual agreement).  As a leader in the hospitality industry, we have the resources to provide a hospitality student the unique opportunity to learn from several of the top industry leaders in Seattle, within Visit Seattle and with our industry partners.

Hours: 15-24 hours per week – Part time position

Timeline: September 26 – December 15, 2016

Compensation: $12.00 per hour plus a bus pass. No housing or per diem stipends. 

Work schedule:  15-24 hours per week.  Hours would fall during the normal work schedule of Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  2-3 days per week are negotiable based on schedule.  Must be available for the Visit Seattle Holiday Breakfast set up and production, December 6-8 time frame.  Hours to be determined together with Kate Kurkjian

To apply:  Interested students should submit a letter of interest and resume to: resumes@visitseattle.org and kkurkjian@visitseattle.org.   Specify interest in the Special Events Fall 2016 internship

The letter of interest should give a brief overview of the student’s:

  • Background
  • Educational attainment to date, including cumulative GPA
  • Expected graduation date
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Hospitality experience to date
  • Previous work experience if any
  • Current anticipated career path
  • Statement of purpose – reason for wanting this experience.

Deadline to submit resume:

June 30, 2016

Job Description

  • Work with Director of Special Events on the planning and coordination of Sales Trips, Tradeshows, Client Events, and Partnership Events
  • Coordinate Booth Details for Tradeshows
  • Write Resumes for each event
  • Create Name Badges for event attendees
  • Working with Marketing Team on creative for events

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn how to coordinate tradeshow details of a variety of different styles and companies
  • Learn how to organize tasks based on importance and complete on time
  • Communication skills with internal team, vendors and Director
  • Learn how to coordinate an event from start to finish, be a part of the pre-planning meetings with the Director, Shadow during site tours and see how to manage multiple vendors.
  • Develop problem solving skills

 

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Minimum of two to three years completed on a Four-Year degree from an academic institution, however it is preferred that the intern is a recent graduate seeking to continue their event planning experience
  • Two years of customer service experience in the hospitality field
  • Understanding of the convention and tourism industries
  • Exceptional customer service skills, both on the phone and face-to-face
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Proven ability to work independently while effectively prioritizing and multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and self-motivation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Able to identify and effectively deal with conflict
Chief Seattle bust in Pioneer Square Photo: David Newman

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

Visit Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. It is Visit Seattle’s policy that employees and prospective employees be treated with respect and without discrimination because of their age, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, or any other legally-protected status. It is our policy to conform to all applicable laws and regulations affecting all protected classes. It is Visit Seattle’s policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws prohibiting discrimination against applicants or employees with disabilities. Visit Seattle will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with known physical or mental disabilities in all the terms and conditions of employment, including the recruitment and hiring process.

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