Acquire crucial practical entry-level experience by working with our Special Events Department! This is an unpaid internship that will allow students to gain hands-on experience planning logistics, coordinating setups, and working directly with clients. Interns will shadow the Special Event staff and be involved throughout the executing process including, but not limited to, contacting clients, preparing event spaces, meeting vendors, managing event volunteers and completing closing functions. In addition to that, interns will gain an understanding of the pre-planning phase and other administrative functions.
Candidates for this position this position should be detailed oriented, dependable, positive and show excellent communication skills. The curriculum for this internship is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the following:
Coordinating logistics for picnics, meetings, galas, and other private events
Submitting all necessary paperwork
Confirming catering orders, vendors, and entertainment
Overseeing deliveries, setup, and execution of events
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND ENVIRONMENT:
This opportunity involves minimal physical exertion, except when assisting with the production of a special event or promotion. A lot of walking, lifting and time outdoors can be expected, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust, however, with the exceptions of major events, most opportunities are indoors. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal and negotiation skills. Interns can expect to have extensive interaction with guests, donor, vendors and co-promotional partners.
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS:
Interest in pursuing a career in event planning/management
Excellent communication and writing skills
Must be a self-starter
Ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment
Effective project management skills
Knowledge of research/analysis a plus
Coursework in Marketing and/or Communications-related filed is preferred but not required
Experience or previous involvement in event planning, guest service or marketing is a plus
Interns are required to complete a minimum 200 hour commitment, approximately 20-25 hours a week. A set schedule will be provided based on event schedule.
Interns can expect to be scheduled to participate in event coordination on nights, weekends, holidays, etc.
Compose an educational presentation at the end of internship
To apply, please visit our website at www.houstonzoo.org/internship and submit an application by Nov 1. Spring internships will be completed between January and April.
Internships are open to those 18 and older who are currently enrolled in college or are within one year of post-education graduation at application due date. For additional requirements, visit our website.
About Houston Zoo, Inc.
The Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and training. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. The Zoo aspires to foster appreciation, knowledge, and care for the conservation of the natural world through engaging educational programs.
Additionally, the Houston Zoo special events team has the ability to provide extraordinary experiences throughout the Zoo. Whether it’s a cocktail reception, class reunion, corporate picnic, wedding reception, or any occasion for 10 to 2,500+ guests, we have a variety of event venues and plenty of fun, creative ideas to make each gathering unique.