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Shonna Gainey

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: The Chateau
Company/Organization website: https://www.whiteoakchateau.com
Destination: Cambridge, Iowa
Timeframe: Fall

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
My duties include checking the answering machine for messages, answering the phone, scanning and filing all paperwork and receipts, and planning social media posts. On Thursdays, it is set up day. My duties for this day can change depending on the specific event, but will typically involve picking up linen order, laying out linens, setting table setting, setting chairs, Windex windows, prepping bridal suite and groom’s room, and setting up buffet tables.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment this far is gaining more social media attention and followers. I have started two different social media campaigns that have brought in more viewers and resulted in a gain of followers. I hope to continue to reach more people through social media as I continue my internship.

I learned...
The greatest lesson I have learned this far is how to communicate an emotional purchase. The Chateau is primarily a wedding venue, and with weddings come emotions. Often times clients bring their emotions into meetings or phone calls. How you communicate with people in a vulnerable or emotional state can absolutely make or break an experience. We aren't just selling a venue, we are selling an experience with a happy ending.

Advice for others...
Look at every internship possibility. Some job titles don't sound appealing, but could end up being your dream job. Don't overlook any just based on the company name or job title.

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