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2019 Intern Spotlight | 500 Festival

The 500 Festival Intern Program is designed to permit every intern to expertise the exciting Month of Might in Indianapolis! This yr, twelve interns representing seven totally different schools from throughout the Midwest had the opportunity to be part of the 500 Festival group.

The 2019 intern class was made up of multi-talented people with shiny personalities. The leadership expertise developed throughout the internship has ready every intern for the professional world!

2019 Intern Class

Some internships aren’t as hands-on because the internship expertise we had during the last a number of months. At the 500 Festival, there‘s new adventure on a regular basis, whether it was passing out Festival gear on Monument Circle, watching runners firstly line of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or driving a Penske truck to an occasion. All through the season, each intern had a number of alternatives to make the most of their unique skillset to assist create a constructive occasion experience for the hundreds of individuals the 500 Festival impacts each season.

In addition to our work assignments, interns have been also capable of expertise the 500 Festival Leadership Improvement Program, introduced by BKD. The program allowed the interns to study useful career expertise whereas building connections with leaders locally. With the graduates on the lookout for jobs after commencement, the connections the interns made could possibly be used for the remainder of their careers.

2019 Intern Graduating Seniors: Carly Piccione, Claire Collett, Lacey Gengelbach, Becca Pluckebaum, Cole Bailey, Zach Campton and Anna Polizzi

The complete time employees on the 500 Festival additionally made the experience so much fun they usually really supported the interns throughout the complete journey. Each intern was supervised by their very own employees member who guided them via their assigned tasks and occasions.

By the top of the internship, each intern was extra prepared for his or her future career path, acquired skilled and social improvement, and shaped long lasting relationships.

To study extra concerning the 500 Festival Intern Program, visit https://www.500festival.com/college-programs/internship-program/overview/

Cole Bailey

Cole Bailey serves as the Customer Relations and Ticketing intern at the 500 Festival! He’s from Avon Indiana and loves hanging out together with his household and pals in his free time. Cole graduated from IUPUI in Spring 2019 and needs to pursue a job in occasions or sports activities.

Identify: Cole Bailey
Faculty: IUPUI
Main/ Minor: Sports activities Management
Intern Title: Buyer Relations & Ticketing Intern

What does being an intern on the 500 Festival mean to you? It means quite a bit to me. Rising up in Indiana and with the ability to help the Indianapolis group by way of each occasion we hold is what drives me. Each individual that is full time at the 500 Festival needs to see one of the best out of you. I can say that I am excited to have this internship and thrilled to be a part of this internship class.

How did it positively influence you? It has impacted me in so some ways. I have discovered so many various things all through my internship experience and have made so many associates along the best way.

What expertise did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? Being in customer relations/ticketing I have discovered how one can keep calm and collective. Also, being in occasions, I’ve experienced early mornings, late nights, and the way things never go as deliberate.

What is your favourite memory and occasion? My favorite reminiscence and event was the 3 Miler. With this being our first occasion as interns, we didn’t know what to anticipate. Watching the runners go off within the blistering chilly climate was superb. Understanding that we had all labored on this occasion because the begin, when the sirens went off for the race to start it was so relieving. My favorite memory was on the 3 Miler when a woman had radioed one of many full time employees in search of me. They handed alongside the knowledge to me and on the finish of the race she found me and informed me that she appreciates all the assistance and every thing I did for her. This was so essential to me because it’s what we do as an entire with the 500 Festival.

What have been a few of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? Coming into this internship I really didn’t know what to anticipate. I knew it was going to be early mornings and late nights. I just hoped to realize expertise within the subject and develop as an entire.

What is some advice you have got for the 2020 intern class? I might tell them to be prepared for a lot of labor. It’d sound dangerous, but in the long run it can pay off. Seeing how much you’ve gotten truly labored on and the way a lot you’ve discovered could be very rewarding. Along with that, be ready for early days and long nights as a result of every month provides some particular.

What are your plans after graduation and what subject would you wish to work in? I haven’t decided what I need to do after commencement however I am presently taking a look at all totally different sorts of choices. I might like to work in sporting events or just any events.

Zach Campton

Zach Campton served as our Logistics Coordinator intern! Zach just lately graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Sports activities Management. Zach likes sports and golfing.

Identify: Zach Campton
Faculty: College of Southern Indiana

Main/ Minor: Sports activities Management with a minor in Advertising
Intern Title: Logistics Coordinator

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you? Being right here and a part of the 500 Festival means quite a bit as a result of once you exit locally, that emblem means one thing. When we’ve got committee meetings, hearing how arduous our members works to assist our occasions run just exhibits how a lot the 500 Festival does for the group and how a lot the group does for us. I haven’t been a part of something this huge until I ended up right here and I feel very lucky to have this chance.

How did it positively impression you? I’ve been capable of take a position that has many various retailers and duties and handle it together with ending up schooling to graduate after this semester. It has positively helped me with time management, gaining experience within the subject I need to be in, and turning into higher organized as knowledgeable.

What expertise did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? It has given me the opportunity and adaptability to grow as knowledgeable. By way of the various events we have now put on so far, going by way of the leadership improvement program, or creating lasting relationships and connections. I feel this can provide an enduring influence for a few years to return.

What’s your favourite memory and occasion? My favorite reminiscences have been with the ability to hangout outdoors of work with the all the other interns. It’s all the time a blast. My favourite event was the 6 Miler up to now because of it being simpler after completing the 3 Miler a number of weeks prior. The event I am most wanting ahead to is the Mini Marathon and Off The Grid.

What have been some of your expectations before interning? Have been these expectations fulfilled or not? To realize expertise in giant scale events. To get a better grasp on pre planning for occasions and the way much it takes. And community around the metropolis of Indianapolis to help me higher my information and probabilities of staying within the Indy space post-graduation.

What is a few recommendation you’ve gotten for the 2020 intern class? As an entire, turn out to be close with all the opposite interns. You’ll be round each other lots and in the event you embrace that like we’ve got, it’ll make your time here, inside and out of doors of work, very fun and memorable. From my place particularly, work ahead. The free time you do have, try to get small tasks accomplished as a result of during event weeks. There isn’t any free time.

What are your plans after graduation and what subject would you wish to work in? I might love to remain across the Indy area and work in occasions or for a sport franchise.

Lindsay Stasiak

Lindsay Stasiak was related with all of the kiddos and served as our Youth Programming Intern. Lindsay attends IUPUI majoring in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management. She loves hanging out together with her niece and loves to travel!

Faculty: IUPUI
Main/ Minor: Tourism, Conventions and Occasion Management
Intern Title: Youth Programming Intern

What does being an intern on the 500 Festival mean to you? Being a 500 Festival intern has meant that I have been capable of work with a number of the most educated occasion people in Indianapolis. And I’ve gained extra firsthand experience in occasion logistics and programming.

How did it positively influence you? I’ve made some lifelong friendships with this intern class that I couldn’t think about not having in my life.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? I have discovered to turn out to be more confident in my thoughts and concepts, and to not be afraid to say that I don’t agree with one thing.

What is your favourite memory and event? One in every of my favorite reminiscences to date as a 500 Festival intern has been with the ability to witness the beginning of the Mini-Marathon. The power from the runners was unbelievable- even when it was chilly and wet. And my favourite occasion would have to be Rookie Run. The joy on the youngsters, and fogeys, faces have been priceless.

What have been a few of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? A number of expectations I had before interning at the Festival have been that I used to be going to be gaining a world of data about programming and events at probably the most sought after internships in Indianapolis. Also getting the prospect to community with individuals inside the Indianapolis occasion group. These two expectations have been greater than met!

What is some recommendation you have got for the 2020 intern class? Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and check out new things- like driving a 24’ Penske truck. Think of each new factor as an adventure.

Mikayla Walker

Mikayla Walker was the Communications intern here on the 500 Festival! Mikayla is a senior at Indiana State College learning Communications with a minor in Advertising. She loves buying, curler skating and hanging out with household and associates in her free time!

Faculty: Indiana State College
Major/ Minor: Communications with a minor in Advertising
Intern Title: Communications Intern

What does being an intern on the 500 Festival mean to you? Being an intern on the 500 Festival means quite a bit to me! Rising up in Indianapolis, I’ve all the time admired the events placed on by the group; my favorite has all the time been the parade as a toddler. I really like being a part of tasks that assist the group I grew up in.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? The expertise I’ve gained because the communications intern are expertise I can take with me all through my future skilled profession and the remainder of my faculty profession. My supervisors have taught me a lot and all the time pushed me to do my greatest. I’ll all the time place value on the 500 Festival for giving me the chance to grow professionally.

How did it positively influence you? The whole experience has positively impacted my life because it has given me tools that I’ll continue to use and helped me network within the Indianapolis group. It additionally was a ton of fun so I loved my time right here.

What is your favorite memory and event? My favorite reminiscence was being at the Mini-Marathon and seeing everybody in excessive spirits regardless of the dangerous weather that day. My favorite event was Youngsters’ Day. Youngsters’ Day was so properly put together and I liked seeing the youngsters take pleasure in one thing we took time to plan for them. I felt like a kid again on the event.

What have been a few of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been these expectations fulfilled or not? Earlier than interning, I did not anticipate to be so involved with other corporations that did comparable things as the 500 Festival. I assumed I might only be concerned with my co-workers everyday however I enjoyed being around others locally that I might join with as properly.

What is a few recommendation you have got for the 2020 intern class? My advice for the subsequent intern class can be to attach with the opposite interns and employees because working with folks that help you makes your assignments and tasks much more gratifying. Rely on your staff and also you’ll never really feel alone interning here at the 500 Festival. I might also advocate staying organized because the tempo picks up, especially in Might!

Becca Pluckebaum

Becca Pluckebaum served as our Volunteer Program Intern and had the opportunity to interact with our volunteers at every occasion. Becca is one in every of our 2019 graduates from Indiana College in Bloomington! After graduation, Becca is hoping to pursue a profession in the Sport and Entertainment business.
Faculty: Indiana University
Main: Sports Advertising Supervisor
Intern Title: Volunteer Intern

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you?  I was born and raised simply outdoors the town of Indianapolis so I’ve all the time been conscious of the 500 Festival to a point. Being an intern for the 500 Festival means a lot to me just because I get to be a part of the events that I’ve all the time heard about or have attended myself. I really like the mission and general organizational aim of the 500 Festival. The occasions really do convey the group together and I really like that I get to be a part of something so much greater than myself. I particularly love being a part of the volunteer program as a result of I’ve met so many unimaginable people who share an identical ardour and want to offer back to our group.

How did it positively impression you? This internship has challenged me in ways that I’ll endlessly be thankful for shifting ahead in my professional profession. It has pushed me outdoors my consolation zone and allowed me to grow not solely as a person however as a business skilled in the event business. I’ve discovered a lot in my brief time with the 500 Festival, not solely about occasions, and the workforce, but I’ve discovered rather a lot about myself. I’m extremely grateful to have had this expertise.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern?  This internship has given me arms on expertise to events of all sizes and types. As the volunteer program intern, I’ve enjoyed being a puzzle piece to each occasion at the 500 Festival. This has given me the opportunity to study so many various elements of all totally different kinds of events. I’ve shortly recognized that there’s really an event for everyone to not solely attend, however there’s really an occasion and volunteer exercise on the market for everyone J This internship additionally has an emphasis on management and professional improvement, which I am extremely grateful for. The 500 Festival Employees, Board of Directors, Committee Members, Princesses and Volunteers are a group in itself. Having so many unimaginable individuals to construct relationships with has been such a blessing.

What’s your favourite reminiscence and occasion?  One reminiscence that stands out is when my candy supervisor Leslie took me for a journey in the pace automotive to get a automotive wash. Leslie and I each share a worry of taking our automobiles by means of automotive wash so it was fairly the expertise in the event you can think about. General I’m simply incredibly grateful to be surrounded by such an awesome group of people. This office is filled with unimaginable individuals. There’s really all the time one thing or someone that may put a smile in your face no matter what sort of day you’re having.

What have been a few of your expectations before interning?  Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? I really like this internship. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t take into consideration how fortunate I am to have such a wholesome internship. I didn’t actually have a set of expectations coming into this, but I can say this internship has far exceeded any expectations for an internship…simply in a way that I didn’t necessarily assume I might be getting this a lot palms on experience, professional progress, and personal progress in a single brief semester. To not mention I’m lucky to have such a terrific group on interns to share this expertise with. These fantastic individuals are not solely coworkers, and fellow interns, however actual associates who genuinely care about each other.

What is some recommendation you’ve for the 2020 intern class? Ask questions! And actually get to know the individuals round you. The 500 Festival is filled with so many gifted people; get to know the unimaginable individuals round you. And don’t overlook to have fun!

What are your plans after graduation and what subject would you wish to work in? After graduation I plan to work within the Sport or Entertainment Business in some capability, ideally Occasion Operations. I really like being behind the scenes for events, and seeing how one event, and just some hours can have such a big impression on a group or individual. Sport and entertainment events have all the time been a huge part of my life. I’m desperate to be part of providing event experiences which might be simply as particular for fans as they’ve all the time been to me.

Jonah Alvarez

Jonah was the 500 Festivals’ graphic design intern. He attends the Herron Faculty of Artwork & Design at IUPUI’s campus. Jonah loves skateboarding and coached gymnastics for 3 years!

Faculty: IUPUI

Major: Visual Communication Design

Intern Title: Graphic Design intern

What does being an intern on the 500 Festival mean to you?  It means a chance to put the talents I’ve discovered to skilled use and follow. A place to develop my record of professional contacts and influence the society by which I reside.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern?  Interaction between totally different departments inside a company, how they convey and work together to make one thing massive come collectively.

How did it positively influence you?  It gave me priceless experience and a new perspective into part of Indianapolis culture I had not but skilled.

What’s your favorite reminiscence and event?  I’ve actually enjoyed the time I’ve had with my fellow interns hanging out at and after events. It’s onerous to select a selected memory. My favorite event to date has been the Mini. Nevertheless, I’ve a sense I’m actually going to benefit from the Memorial Service.

What have been a few of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been these expectations fulfilled or not?  I’m not solely positive what I used to be anticipating, one thing like what I acquired I presume. I used to be comfortable to study that I might have the ability to do some speaking with printers. That was one thing I found very helpful to get some apply with.

Would you do anything in a different way? Why or why not?  No, not likely. I feel like I handled my time administration pretty properly and my tasks ended up turning out properly. I really enjoyed my time here.

What is some advice you’ve got for the 2020 intern class?  Get your work achieved, don’t procrastinate, choose to seek out the enjoyment in the whole lot you’re doing, even when it’s chilly and/or wet and you’re depressing. As they are saying within the Army, “Embrace the suck.” Yeah, occasions can suck, it’s greatest to only embrace it and get via it as an alternative of wallowing in self-pity and complaining.

Sarah Galliher

Sarah was our event and program intern chargeable for Publish-Race Social gathering and Breakfast at the Brickyard. Sarah is a senior on the College of Indianapolis learning Communications. Sarah loves hanging out together with her cats and enjoys touring!

Faculty: University of Indianapolis
Major/ Minor: Communications
Intern Title: Event & Program Intern (Publish Race Social gathering & Breakfast on the Brickyard)

What does being an intern on the 500 Festival mean to you? Being a 500 Festival intern means connecting the group of Indianapolis collectively by way of numerous events. It means giving again to the group that has helped you or your company develop.

How did it positively influence you? By way of the 500 Festival Management Improvement Program introduced by BKD, I have discovered more about myself as an individual. I’ve also had quite a few opportunities to enhance myself as a younger skilled.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? As a 500 Festival intern, you’re treated as if you’re a full time worker at the company. You do day-to-day process in addition to head your personal even/challenge! The 500 Festival does an awesome job of connecting interns to all of the leading professionals in Indianapolis in addition to taking them out of the workplace to see totally different corporations’ day by day operations.

What’s your favourite reminiscence and event? To date, my favorite occasion was the 6 Miler race. All the interns had began to get into the rhythm of how the operation aspect of race day works so the set-up went quicker than the previous race. After we have been arrange, we have been in a position loosen up, watch the beginning of the race after which prepare for the top of the race. My favorite reminiscences are hanging out with the interns outdoors of the workplace. It has been such a tremendous intern class and with the ability to discover Indianapolis collectively in our free time has made us stronger as an entire.

What have been some of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? One of many largest expectations that I had before interning was with the ability to head my own event or take alone challenge. Inside two months, I had my own undertaking to work on till the Mini-Marathon. It has been great to have the expertise that the 500 Festival has given me.

What is a few advice you might have for the 2020 intern class?  For the 2020 intern class, take all the things in and soak it up like a sponge. You’re lucky to be one of many 12 interns chosen for theseroles. Reach out to each professional you meet and don’t be afraid to ask any query that pops in your head. This can be a once in a lifetime alternative, get every little thing you can out of this internship.

Claire Collett

Claire Collett served as our Occasion Program intern for the occasions Kid’s Day and Mini Marathon Expo. Claire represented the Butler bulldogs at our office and graduated this yr from Butler College! She hopes to pursue a profession in Advertising or Operations.

Faculty: Butler College
Main/ Minor: Double Major is Advertising, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Intern Title: Occasion & Program Intern (Child’s Day & Expo)

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you? Being an intern at the 500 Festival means being liable for bringing the group together to rejoice the Month of Might. It’s our job to work arduous, keep organized and execute world-class group occasions. We play an important position in preserving the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 alive.

How did it positively influence you?  I used to be capable of create long-lasting friendships with my intern class and in addition make connections all through the Indianapolis area. As well as, I was capable of see venues that I might never get the prospect to experience an event in. For instance, I used to be capable of see the Ohana Room within the Salesforce Tower for our Company Member Event.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern?  Via this internship, I was capable of achieve extra experience in gross sales. I am specializing in the Mini-Marathon Expo and the Salesforce & JP Morgan Chase 500 Festival Youngsters’ Day so I focus lots of my time and power on soliciting companies to participate in these occasions. It is my job to increase event revenues by means of Virtual Goodie Bag, exhibitor and vendor sales.

What is your favourite reminiscence and occasion?  My favorite memory is spending time with the intern class. I take pleasure in getting to know such superb and type individuals. I feel my favorite occasion would be the Salesforce & JP Morgan Chase 500 Festival Youngsters’ Day. I’ve put forth a variety of effort and time soliciting exhibitors, vendors and entertainers for the occasion. In addition, I’ve been the lead on finding the perfect inflatables and video games for teenagers to take pleasure in throughout the day. I look ahead to seeing all of my exhausting work come together on Might 11th.

What have been some of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been these expectations fulfilled or not?  I expected to be working long hours, but did not understand I might be working other individuals’s occasions, akin to Cellular and Research Trips. Fortunately, I am only taking one class this semester so I’m able to put within the additional hours to assist out with different peoples’ occasions. As well as, I wasn’t positive what to expect with the company culture earlier than I started my internship. After the primary day, I liked the company tradition on the 500 Festival because it is snug and inclusive. The intern area has an open concept really feel that encourages us to work together and work together throughout the day.

What is a few recommendation you will have for the 2020 intern class?  Create objectives for your self once you absolutely understand your job and duties for the internship. This can make it easier to stay on monitor and challenge your self to exceed these objectives.

What are your plans after graduation and what area would you wish to work in?  I’m on the job search now, but I want to stay in the Midwest after graduation. I’m on the lookout for a position in Advertising or Operations.

Carly Piccione

Carly Piccione serves because the Parade intern and graduated this yr from IUPUI with a level in Sports activities Administration. Her favourite snack is Flamin’ Scorching Cheetos and she or he loves the present Buddies!

Faculty: IUPUI
Major/ Minor: Sports Management with a minor in Business
Intern Title: Event and Program intern (Parade)

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you? To me, being an intern at the 500 Festival means being part of one of the best internship round. Serving the group around us and offering entertainment to individuals everywhere in the country makes the 500 Festival an amazing place to be.

How did it positively impression you? Being an intern here has positively impacted me by permitting me to get a behind the scenes take a look at a number of the largest occasions Indy has to supply. Being a part of the occasions from begin to finish has actually helped me understand the career path I want to take sooner or later. I have also built robust relationships with the individuals round me that I hope will final a lifetime.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? By being an intern at the 500 Festival I’ve had the chance to realize a whole lot of giant scale occasion expertise. Studying the ropes behind the scenes and understanding the whole lot that goes into making an occasion occur is one of the best expertise I’ve gained by means of this internship up to now.

What is your favourite memory and occasion? Thus far, my favorite occasion has been the 6-Miler race. The whole lot appeared to movement seamlessly and all the interns have been much more snug and knew what they have been doing, which made it loads of fun! My favourite reminiscences are hanging out with all the interns out and in of the office. We all have a particular bond and great connection, so we now have enjoyable it doesn’t matter what we do.

What have been some of your expectations before interning? Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? Before interning here I anticipated to assist out in a small means and principally do busy work and run errands. After my first day I noticed this was not an uneventful internship, it was far more. My expectations have been blown out of the water due to all the trust the 500 Festival puts in us by giving us our own tasks and having us assist with all occasions.

What is a few advice you could have for the 2020 intern class? Some recommendation I’ve for the 2020 intern class is to make buddies with all of the interns! Working with them day in and day trip is a lot enjoyable when you’ve robust bond.

What are your plans after commencement and what area would you wish to work in? I’m unsure what my plans are for after graduation, however I hope to find a job in the Sports activities/Occasions world that I really like!

Christina Cassiere

Chrissy Cassiere was our Operational Help intern. Chrissy is from Fishers Indiana and at present research Advertising at the Kelly Faculty of Enterprise at IUPUI’s campus. Chrissy’s favorite snack is Acai’ bowls and loves taking strolls on the downtown canal!

Faculty: IUPUI

Main/ Minor:

Intern Title: Operational Help Intern

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you? It means making an influence locally, by being part of occasions that remember the Indy 500. It also means meeting new, fantastic individuals and gaining new experiences.

How did it positively impression you? It has impacted me in a constructive method because I am able to see how glad all the occasions we put on make individuals, and for a lot of of them it’s a custom that they come again and do yearly.

What experience did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? I gained plenty of expertise of getting ready/ putting on occasions.

What is your favourite reminiscence and occasion? My favorite memory is getting pulled over on the golf cart with a number of the different interns on our approach to the lodge, and laughing with the cops about it after we advised them what we have been doing. My favourite occasion was child’s day, it was so cute!

What have been some of your expectations before interning? Have been those expectations fulfilled or not? Some of my expectations going into this internship have been to realize expertise in enterprise operations. I did meet my expectations, but I additionally gained lots of expertise in occasion operations as properly.

What is a few advice you’ve for the 2020 intern class? Stay constructive, there shall be some lengthy days/nights. This expertise is what you make of it! Additionally, benefit from the connections that the 500 Festival has to offer. Ask tons questions, perhaps get coffee with a board/ committee member!

Lacey Gengelback

Lacey Gengelback served because the 500 Festival’s Strategic Partnership intern. Lacey graduated this yr together with her Grasp’s Diploma from the University of Southern Indiana. Lacey can also be a fitness fanatic and loves understanding in her free time!

Faculty: University of Southern Indiana
Main/ Minor: Sports Management
Intern Title: Strategic Partnership Intern

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival imply to you? Being an intern on the 500 Festival means the world to me. I by no means thought I might be involved in a corporation that cares a lot about what you do, and needs you to achieve every means attainable.

How did it positively impression you? During this internship I discovered my calling per say. I discovered that I need to keep in sponsorships and on the occasion aspect of sports.

What expertise did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? I gained more expertise with sponsorships, as well as gaining extra confidence in my work.

What’s your favorite memory and event? My favorite memory this far has been at the 10-Miler when Carly and I congratulated and cheered on the individuals whereas handing out water. Seeing the grins on the runners face at the end was a cool experience to see.

What have been a few of your expectations earlier than interning? Have been these expectations fulfilled or not? Earlier than interning at the 500 Festival my mind was set that I needed to strictly work in sports. As this internship progressed I noticed that I didn’t need to work just strictly in sports, and needed extra out of my job then just working for a sports activities group.

What is a few recommendation you have got for the 2020 intern class? Get probably the most out of this internship. You will make superb buddies and experiences that may final a life time. Also network like loopy; you’ll never be with a corporation that is more prepared that will help you get to the subsequent step in your future.

What are your plans after graduation and what subject would you wish to work in? My plans for after commencement are to discover a job. Provided that I will probably be acquiring my masters a job is absolutely necessary. Not simply finding a job, however gaining a job that I truly take pleasure in and may make a difference in.

Anna Polizzi

Anna Polizzi graduated this yr from Mizzou! She served as an Occasion and Program intern liable for The Mini Marathon, Miler Collection and Memorial Service. She is an alumni member of Kappa Delta Sorority and enjoys hanging with family and associates in her spare time!

Faculty: University of Missouri
Major/ Minor: Parks Recreation Tourism and Sport- Sports activities Management with a minor in Health Sciences
Intern Title: Event Program Intern (Mini-Marathon, Miler Collection and Memorial Service)

What does being an intern at the 500 Festival mean to you? I really feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to intern at the 500 Festival. To me it means turning into part of a group and group that values one another and the historical past of Indiana.

What expertise did you achieve by being a 500 Festival intern? I gained experience in event planning, logistics, and operations by main the 10-Miler and helping out in other occasions. Gaining expertise in giant scale events taught me rather a lot about what occurs behind the scenes, understanding the procedures, and the ropes of occasion planning.

How did it positively influence you? The 500 Festival internship gave me experiences I don’t assume I might have gained elsewhere. I was capable of work with a workforce of intelligent and hardworking individuals. I acquired coaching and networking alternatives inside and out of doors of the workplace. I was even capable of lead a whole event alone. The constructive impacts discovered via this internship will result in constructive impacts in my future.

What is your favourite memory and event? My favourite reminiscence is the 6-Miler. It was the first time that all the interns felt like we have been absolutely capable to run and operate an occasion. The occasion went so easily and we acquired tons of constructive feedback.

What is a few advice you have got for the 2020 intern class? My advice for the 2020 intern class can be to turn out to be buddies with the employees and interns. Spend time collectively inside and out of doors of the workplace. I might also recommendation to benefit from every single attainable opportunity out there.

What are your plans after commencement and what area would you wish to work in? After graduation I plan to work full time in the Sport Management business. This internship has proven me my passion for operations and logistics so I hope to find a career that follows that path.