Mimi Truong is a graduate student pursuing an MS in Event Management at the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. In this post, she tells us more about her internship this spring semester.
Where are you interning and what is your job title?
I am currently interning as an event assistant at Gotham Hall, a wedding venue in Midtown.
What projects have you been working on so far?
My main responsibilities include administrative tasks such as file management, updating client information in our system, and maintaining our venue calendar on upcoming events. I have also curated multiple event look books for the Sales team to distribute to their clients. The look books highlight decor and lighting examples for events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate/nonprofit galas, and concerts.
Have there been any challenges in your internship so far? If so, how have you learned to overcome them?
I am new to the events industry as a whole, and I think that provides a large learning opportunity in each project. It can be intimidating to be thrown into an event without any prior knowledge, and I’m lucky that the people on the sales team are patient in explaining what they do, as well as their reasoning behind each decision.
What do you hope to take away from your internship?
I hope to increase my exposure for the industry as a whole. The sales team works with not only the clients, but the various vendors involved in producing the event. Listening to these conversations will give me a point of reference starting in this industry.
What are your future plans?
My first and foremost goal is to graduate in May. I am extremely motivated to finish my last semester strong, especially since I can see the finish line now. After I graduate, I hope to be able to spend more time at Gotham Hall to maximize my exposure of events from the venue perspective. One day, I want to plan my own events, but I haven’t decided the route that I want to take. Currently, I am leaning towards corporate events, but we can see what the future entails. Either way, I’m excited for my future.