An internship abroad in event planning is the perfect way to gain the skills and knowledge of a fun industry in a global context. Event planning is a diverse and exciting field, with roles ranging from corporate events, weddings, music and entertainment, and fashion! Most roles will include general assistance with event tasks, including planning, promotion, logistics and client relations. Interns will get to plan, and often participate in, all kinds of events! See below for the diversity of roles:
A unique opportunity for students looking to gain experience through an international event planning internship, this organization specializes in corporate events, social events, festivals and excursions. They even have an “extreme” division which includes skydiving events and whitewater rafting! As an intern, you will get to assist with researching, planning and proposing events to clientele. Once the client decides on a location/event, the selected student will then work to make arrangements and see the event through.
Ideal Candidate: Intern studying event management/event planning. Must be outgoing, have a get it done attitude, be enthusiastic, professional and polished. Must be able to work with all types of clientele. Native English speaker, no Spanish necessary.
This organization plans student focused events including meetings, tours and day trips in and around Barcelona. Tasks will focus around marketing and coordinating events to students. 70% of the internship will be spent in the office with the remaining time spent working the actual events with the students.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and outgoing with an interest in marketing or event planning. Beginner Spanish speakers acceptable.
This event planning firm offers tailor-made solutions for corporate travelers. They assist clients throughout trade shows, organizing corporate events and finding the best accommodation and venues. Their clients are international companies from all over the globe. Sample tasks: seasonal projects including trade shows, sales campaign, client bookings, event bookings, client services, social media, marketing campaigns and outreach.
Ideal Candidate: Background or experience in event management. A high level of professionalism to achieve excellent client services is necessary.
A collective community for creative people, this organization collaborates on projects including design of products and spaces in one of the most iconic architectural cities in the world. They promote working, learning, and play within the creative community. The event planning intern will help organize, promote, and facilitate the events that make this creative organization successful. REQUIREMENTS: Previous coursework or experience in event planning and/or marketing, rising sophomore status (minimum) and a 3.0 GPA. The environment is English friendly, so they will accept beginning Spanish speakers.
Ideal Candidate: As student with a junior or senior standing or a recent graduate studying event management and/or marketing. Great attitude with a creative edge. Strong Spanish skills are not necessary.
This international business is a travel and tourism agency that caters to blue chip clients like HP, Vodaphone, etc. and is seeking an event planning and management intern. Tasks include researching venues, communicating with clients, sending out arrangements and making sure all vendor information is current.
Ideal Candidate: Intern studying event management and/or travel and tourism. Fluent in English. Spanish is not necessary.
This competitive position is with an extremely successful communications company in the micro-publishing world. Their core products are specialty magazines designed for interest groups (brides, cyclists, etc.) or targeted demographic groups. For event planning internships, students work on conferences, conventions, trade shows, and lifestyle events. Their modern office building is in City Centre with an extremely professional and friendly staff will also add to a truly phenomenal work experience. Tasks may include: Assist with planning and scheduling of upcoming events. Coordinate logistics with vendors and aid on event days. Assist Director of Events with vendor communication and billing. Other tasks assigned as necessary.
Ideal Candidate: An intern for this competitive placement would need to have a combination of interpersonal skills, organizational prowess, writing/research abilities, a background in marketing/promotion and a never say die attitude.
Since 1970, this non-profit has provided information, support and awareness to people suffering from a rare disease. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and help those affected live a healthier life. The Events & PR Intern will work directly with the PR & Communications Manager and with the Fundraising Executive, to bring about the success running of the organisation’s national event. The Intern will gain experience in event management, PR, sponsorship and exhibition organisation. There is scope to develop certain aspects of the programme and the Intern will learn and be mentored by staff with 15-years-plus experience of event management. The Intern will send out sponsorship proposals, take bookings for exhibitions, and work on pre-event tasks, including speakers and agenda development and budget. Experience will also be gained in marketing, sales, press release development, social media, survey development and project research.
Ideal Candidate: Background in event planning, marketing, PR, fundraising. An interest in health and nutrition a plus.
This event management company has created a truly unique atmosphere for interns. The key pillars of this firm are to create relationships between people, establish synergy and empathy, and create special events for their clients. Events range from corporate meetings to weddings. Event Planning interns will have a hand in planning, marketing, and managing of events.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a passion for event planning or PR and must be proficient with MS Office and social media tools.
This company started as an events company planning events for international students around Florence. Building on their experience working with students they created Florence’s first student services company to help students thrive in Italy. They now provide everything from general information and cell phone rental, to travel and special events. Interns will gain experience with event planning and hospitality while arranging excursions, housing and travel, and also in PR and marketing while promoting these services.
Ideal Candidate: An ideal candidate will be outgoing with an interest in public relations and event planning.
This company was founded in the late sixties in Florence with only one mission: to create memorable events! Thanks to numerous years of experience in the field of entertainment and show business, the agency is a dynamic structure specializing in the creative conception and operational management of events. Interns working at this company will get to help arrange a variety of events, and perform an assortment of tasks from marketing to client relations.
Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate will be a marketing or event planning students with an interest in entertainment marketing.
This event planning firm understands the needs of their clients and has years of experience in the industry, enabling them to deliver the desired event in a professional manner. Whether it's a simple business lunch for a few people or a gala dinner for hundreds of guests, every detail is determined beforehand, customized to fit the client's vision and given the utmost attention to quality. The intern in this placement will work with a multilingual team in both the front and back office and contribute to the planning and implementation of various events. The event planning intern will be excepted to attend all meetings to gain an understanding of problem solving and liaising with clients and vendors.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have previous event planning coursework and work experience
Established in 1979, this company is a leading specialist in the organization of national and international events.These events include product launches, events, conventions, trade fairs, and meetings for corporations and associations. Interns in this role will work on a wide variety of events and gain a great perspective on both personal and corporate events.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have coursework or experience in business or event planning with skills in PR and event planning.
This company was founded by the belief that intuition and emotion are integral parts of a winning idea. They work with clients to make their dreams a reality. From weddings to corporate events, interns at this company will have a diverse mix of responsibilities, and will gain a vast amount of insight into the Florentine event scene. Interns will get to work on projects and see them through to completion.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in event planning or past experiences in that area.
Whatever event someone is looking to arrange this independently owned chain hotel can help make it a success. They provide that special venue and all the added extras needed to recreate what’s in the client's imagination. From stylish proms and romantic weddings, to exclusive private dining, clients can rely on the experience of dedicated Events Planners to make everything perfect.
Ideal Candidate: Educational background/experience in events management or event planning, familiarity with Microsoft Office suite.
This organization is currently seeking to recruit a dynamic individual to join us and assist with our recruitment and event management operation. Graduate Solutions provides support for employers in the attraction, recruitment, development and retention of interns, graduates and post graduates, (including MBAs). We specialise in the financial and professional services sector with operations in London and New York with considerable global reach and experience.
- Assist with event preparation
- Carry out event promotion activities
- Place orders with event collateral material suppliers and ensure they are received on time and that orders are accurate
- Liaise with event venues and ensure all necessary catering and room bookings are made in accordance with requirements
- Manage all incoming post
- Format CV’s for presentation to clients
- Maintain recruitment database and assist with candidate queries
- Liaise with candidates as necessary
- Liaise with external GS Associates
- Place role adverts online and monitor responses
- Carry out industry research for projects
- Provide administrative support to Project Managers
- Manage all office administration duties
Ideal Candidate: - Graduate calibre
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Good team player
- Excellent time management skills
- Able to use own initiative
- Conscientious approach
This internship is with a full service wedding and event planning firm specialising in the design and production of tailor-made wedding and event experiences. Their wedding planning service helps support brides to ensure that the process leading up to the day and wedding day itself is enjoyable, stress-free and seamless. The intern will support all aspects of services provided from sourcing suppliers to on the day coordination. Tasks may include: preparing proposals, generating leads, meeting with clients, researching and booking vendors/venues, networking, brainstorming on creative ideas, communicating directly with clients and vendors, reviewing contracts, creating timelines, day of coordination, setup and breakdown, and more!
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong event planning background and a desire to work in the wedding industry. Excellent customer service and communication skills are a must.
This placement is a general supportive role within a small, yet very successful, fashion production company. The internship will entail a variety of tasks involved in the preparation, execution, and wrap up of fashion photography shoots. The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with the owner, learning how the business is run, and will get an inside look into the fashion industry. An interest in fashion, photography or event planning is useful and the candidate must have strong organisation skills, be detail oriented and present well to clients.
Ideal Candidate: -The ideal candidate will have an interest in "running" the business, marketing, attending to office systems, revising how we do things & considering better ways to work.
-This sometimes includes researching new kinds of software or iPad apps or even sourcing a particular type of card to make our company Christmas cards from. The candidate must be aware that the work may not be purely "organise then shoot, then organise next shoot".
-The intern also needs to be relatively fit & able because on the shoot days, they will likely be required to run to get things on location shoots & help crew to carry equipment as we set up or move location.
Event Planning/ Development Internship for Century old non-profit
This organization is a 117-year-old non-sectarian nonprofit organization offering environmental education and leadership training to motivated and underserved New York City public school students. Their mission is to encourage the positive educational and developmental growth of New York City’s youth through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs. They are currently seeking an intern to support all efforts to make their Fall benefit a success. S/he will:
-help to procure items for the silent and live auctions (and support Benefit Committee members in doing so)
-help to organize events and communications for the Junior Committee.
-research and follow up on opportunities for on individual and institutional giving
-write thank you letters and other donor correspondence
-maintain donor contact information, including expansion and clean up of our mailing lists
-track donations coming into the organization
-be part of our migration to the SalesForce platform
-research, writing, database maintenance and other general administrative duties
Ideal Candidate: They are looking for smart people who want to roll up their sleeves, sharpen their skills and learn. Enthusiasm, follow-through, attention to detail and an ability to work well with a variety of people are required. Undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates. Internships are unpaid but we will cover transportation costs and we will support your efforts to get college credits for the experience.
Founded in 1873, the mission of this international organization is to promote Franco-British trade and to assist companies in developing their activities on both sides of the Channel. As a fully integrated member of the team, this role blends event planning with international relations. The chosen intern will be assigned to the communication and events department to assist in the preparation of events, layout of documents for presentation and daily administrative management.
Ideal Candidate: Advanced French (and English) skills are required, as well as coursework or experience in Event Planning.
This events management internship opportunity is with a municipally funded organization that is charged with the promotion and production of community events in a suburb of Sydney. This beach town is a tourist destination and a short ferry commute from Sydney's Central Business District. The company is focused on four core areas: retail leasing, destination marketing and promotions, event staging and on-site management. In addition, they also produce music and entertainment activities that promote and support the local retail and business community. Internship tasks can vary greatly and interns are expected to execute a high level of strategic planning by taking an individual project from start to finish.
Ideal Candidate: Ideal event management interns will have a background in events and business. This internship requires great presentation skills, very good Excel skills, high energy, and good organizational abilities.
As a trendy entertainment management agency, this firm started out as a music management company and now also has a event management division for entertainment industry clients as well as a large-scale annual film festival. Interns will be welcomed into a dynamic office environment located on Sydney's coolest street and will have the opportunity to attend fun events for free! This particular intern position within the company will focus on account management and business administration side of the organization. The intern will be working with the owner on event preparation, media communications, and more.
Ideal Candidate: An ideal candidate for this placement should have a business or event management background with relevant classes as well as a passion for the music and entertainment business.
As a trendy entertainment management agency, this firm started out as a music management company and now also has a event management division for entertainment industry clients as well as a large-scale annual film festival. This position will focus on artist and talent management for the company's clientele as well as event planning and management and will touch upon marketing, PR and general business as well. This includes festival preparation and other events and projects as assigned. Interns will be welcomed into a dynamic office environment located on Sydney's coolest street and will have the opportunity to attend fun events for free!
Ideal Candidate: The right fit for this position should be very well presented, exhibit excellent organizational skills, and have a great positive attitude. The ideal candidate must also have a knowledge and passion for the music business and good people skills.
Any student with an interest in marketing, hospitality, or event planning will love this internship! A women's lifestyle magazine that hosts all kinds of events is looking for an intern to assist their team. Interns will get to plan professional and social gatherings, work with clients, and see projects through from beginning to end. The intern may also get to travel outside of the DC area to places like New York to help manage the events they put together!
Ideal Candidate: Excellent interpersonal communication skills, telephone, MS Word - mail merge, Excel, Power Point, Access, speaks Spanish (preferred, but not necessary) and English fluently. Flexibility for occasional out of state travel for events.
This nonpartisan political magazine educates, informs, entertains and connects all those who touch politics, from high-profile players to political junkies and casual observers. The magazine is published monthly, and they are seeking interns in a variety of areas including marketing and events. Such events and seminars have been held since 1983 and featured political professionals, candidates, political junkies and all those involved in campaigns; attendees come from all over the United States and, in recent years, have also come from Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, Latin America and even Mongolia.
Ideal Candidate: Candidates must be motivated, detail-oriented, responsible and energetic. Interns should be comfortable with Microsoft Office, social media and communications.
At its office near the Kennedy Center in Washington, this organization offers internships around the year to outstanding university students. Full time interns work between 35 and 40 hours a week. This summer they are looking for an event planning intern to assist with planning and staging their annual summer festival.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a junior or senior with a background in event planning. Attention to detail is a must.
Malissa University of Texas of the Permian Basin
"I faced a lot of challenges in the internship. Chiefly, the lack of organization. I became increasingly alarmed about the company’s procedures and its motives for hiring interns and I spoke to my local representative at length about my concerns. I had no intention of requesting a different placement as I did not want to abandon the office in there obvious time of need, so I did the best I could with what I had. By the end of the internship I had created a folder for new interns and employees with detailed instructions and tips on how to handle situations and necessary information regarding the company and the city.
I loved Sydney! Everything about it! The only challenge was how expensive things were but I feel that I was able to budget accordingly and found ways to save money -walking to and from work only took about 45 minutes and provided a good method to check out local shops and scenery. Not to mention exercise! The other interns were nice and we got along for the most part.
I feel as though I learned a lot during my time in Sydney, both with work and in other areas. While at work I learned a lot about ‘what not to do’ I did also get a feel for the industry and whether or not it’s something I want to focus on for a career. Also, after expressing to the publicist that I was there to learn as much as possible, she did whatever she could to help, including finding Excel tasks in her free time so that I could become more familiar and skilled with Excel.
Being so far away from family and friends for such a long time provided a lot of learning experiences as well. It sort of forces you to put some priorities into perspective and really decide what you want to focus on (short term and long term). I tend to be a bit of a control freak and even a little high strung at times –something about being in a totally different country on my own forced me to calm down and take things day by day.
I definitely think that this internship experience has helped me in creating and meeting career goals. Before the internship I was pretty directionless, as far as what I actually wanted to do for a career. I now know that I am passionate about PR and I feel confident that I will have a successful future in the industry. Global Experiences has given me a wonderful addition to my resume while providing me with real work experience and a life changing trip.
My advice for future interns would be to keep an open mind and a positive attitude. Things may not happen the way you hope or expect but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something to be gained. Even a negative work experience can teach you what not to do and even an uncomfortable social situation is an opportunity to learn about other people and grow as an individual."
"My friends and family both pushed me hard to go to London and told me it’s a life changing experience I’ll never forget. When I arrived at my flat I slept all day and was horrified to walk the streets by myself, I honestly wanted to leave the first day I arrived, in fear I wouldn’t meet any one. That night I met my roommate and became instant friends. I met so many people who have all changed my life and will deeply miss them. I will never forget this Summer, I will never forget those who I’ve met over here. Thank you for making London 2012 the most unforgettable summer of my life time."