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Riley Hayes

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS)
Company/Organization website: http://www.iris-center.org/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Fall

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I technically interned at IRIS starting in May of 2017 until May of 2018. Throughout that time I planned their Diversity Art Show Auction to raise money for IRIS's Global Grants & Scholarships Program. I also planned their International Peace Walk, which is a fun, family friendly awareness event where multiple different organizations host booths and provide activities. Towards the end of my time at IRIS I started planning the groundwork for their 25th Anniversary Celebration that they will be having in late 2018.

I accomplished...
I think my greatest accomplishment was getting to host the Diversity Art Show Auction and raise some money for the exchange students. Knowing that in one event we helped up to four or five different students really brightens your day.

I learned...
I learned a lot about Graphic Design as I had to do a lot with invitations, maps, programs and signage. I never realized I would need those skills in Event Management as much as I did for this internship.

Advice for others...
Take a Graphic Design class or just general Adobe Illustrator class. You'll be surprised how much it will help you in the future!

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