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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Exit Interview with Intern Maureen

Maureen on left watching her first bride go down the aisle!

1.                  What things did you enjoy about the internship?

I really enjoyed the vendor meetings before the events since they were such a big part of visualizing the event before it actually happened.

2.            Do you think it was a valuable experience if so why?

I certainly think it was a valuable experience. This internship helped show me a big part of the marketing side of the event world that I did not know much about.

3.            What did you learn about wedding/event planning?

I learned that not all vendors are going to get along and a big part of being the event planner is being the bad guy at times when it needs to happen.

4.            What was your favorite part of the experience while interning at You’re The Bride?

Interacting with vendors before the events and overall learning new things about the event industry.

5.            What did you dislike about the internship?

The weekly blogs. I have never had to write for something outside of a school assignment before so it was sometimes difficult for me to come up with new ideas to write about.

6.            Do you have any suggestions on how to change or make the internship better?

I would suggest attending networking events with your future interns such as National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) or Michigan Cares for Tourism. I think these are exciting ways for Hospitality Students to get their names out there and it would be neat to expose your interns to them. Maybe even a small workshop would be fun.

7.            Do you still have plans to either become a wedding or event planner while working for someone else or starting your own wedding business? Please note as a reminder per the non-compete agreement that you signed you are not allowed to work for another wedding/event planning company for a period of 1 year within a 50 mile radius of You’re The Bride in Farmington, MI except with the prior written consent of the company/Tracie Morris.

I still do plan on becoming an event planner after this internship. Before this internship, my plan was to get into corporate planning after I graduate and that is still my goal. This internship helped affirm that I do not want to do wedding planning but it helped me see how the wedding side of the event industry works which I feel like is a vital lesson to learn. Since I wish to do corporate planning, I plan on working for someone else.

8.            Are you interested in working any weddings with YTB as an Event Assistant in the future to gain more experience for a day rate?


9.    Are you interested in assignments as needed for a flat rate per assignment? This could be preparing wedding blogs, working bridal shows, similar tasks that you did during the internship, etc.*Of course this is on an as needed basis depending on how busy I am in the future and how soon I am able to start the next interns*


   10. List any other comments/feedback you wish to share about your experience.

During this experience, I spent a lot of time communicating one on one with Tracie through Email, text, and face to face. Each time, Tracie seemed more like a friendly mentor than a stern boss. She never made me feel nervous about asking questions and always showed her appreciation when I completed a task. Tracie even went so far as to get me a birthday present when we had a major wedding on my birthday this past summer. She clearly cares about her clients and interns which is something I am incredibly grateful for. 

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