The Event Team Interns – Where Are They Now?

The Event Team’s internship program is something we’re very proud of! Our mutually beneficial internship positions are a way for the company to gain extra assistance with important projects, as well as introduce tourism & hospitality students to the wide range of career options available in their field. We recently interviewed Haleigh Grisandra about her time interning with The Event Team. Haleigh interned in 2012 under Lindsay White, Director of Marketing. She now lives in Los Angeles and works as Assistant Event Manager at UCLA. Check out her thoughts below:

haleighWhat did you like about The Event Team’s Internship Program. Were you able to develop or work on any particular skills?
My internship experience at the Event Team was great! I interned in the Sales and Marketing department and was exposed to how the department operated on a daily basis. One of my largest projects was researching potential event venues across all of Southern California. This project gave me great insight into all the different types of venues that are available for special events and also exposed  me to communicating with various people involved in the event planning process, such as: special event coordinators, catering managers and various venue contacts (a skill that I use daily at my current job!)

How did your knowledge of the Hospitality industry grow as a result of working with The Event Team?
Researching different hotels, restaurants and event venues opened my eyes to just how massive the hospitality industry is, and how many different options are available to clients. It made me understand that when planning an event, there needs to be a focus on excellence and attention to detail by the venue, because the competition amongst venues is incredibly high. Aside from my personal tasks in researching venues, I was able to observe how each member of The Event Team operated and how they all came together to create a successful event. Although I was interning in the Sales and Marketing department, I was able to assist with some of the tasks in the Operations department, which was helpful in understanding all of the logistical components that go into an event.  The biggest take-away from my internship experience at The Event Team was understanding how attention to detail and organization is incredibly important to creating a successful event.

Tell us a little bit about your current position. Are you still involved in the hospitality industry?
Currently I am an Assistant Event Manager at UCLA. Our office plans events for Alumni, Parents and Friends of the University. Some of my main tasks are to research and book venues for our program called UCLA On the Road, where we take UCLA professors to regions across the country and invite alumni, donors and parents to come and learn about the research and studies taking place at UCLA. We also plan UCLA Parents’ Weekend which is the largest event that comes out of our office, 4,000 parents attended UCLA Parents’ Weekend 2013. The larger events are a ton of work, but when you see it all come together, it’s definitely worth it.

What are you up to these days? Any interests/hobbies outside of work?
After graduation from USD, I made the big move to Los Angeles and I am loving it up here! Lately I have been enjoying exploring new hiking paths all around the city. My summer project is to re-decorate my apartment so I will be busy with a lot of flea market exploring, trips to Ikea and DIY projects.