Katie Dukes

Major: Event Management
Company/Organization: Reiman Gardens
Company/Organization website: https://www.reimangardens.com/
Destination: Ames, IA
Timeframe: Fall
Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu


My job is to help plan, organize, and coordinate special events at Reiman Gardens.


I think my greatest accomplishment at Reiman Gardens would be the Fourth of July Celebration, where I was able to plan, organize, and coordinate the entire event on my own accord. I have also done a lot of work for the Garden Art Fair, which will take place in a few weeks. I have been working on this event since the beginning of my internship, so I am very excited to see it play out.

Learning experience

The greatest lesson I learned here is that communication is one of the most important skills to any employee; however, it is crucial for event managers to know how to communicate effectively due to a large amount of correspondence with vendors, meetings with clients, and information sessions with volunteers/staff.

What advice would you give?

Classes and homework are important, but the sooner you can get real-life experience, the more successful you will be.

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