I worked on three major projects during my internship. The first was the “Best of Des Moines” project, which included planning for an event and working on editorial material for Cityview’s “Best of Des Moines” issue - it’s biggest of the year. We then began working on the Annual Manual, a yearly guide to Des Moines and its surrounding suburbs. The guide covers all aspect of life including recreation, culture, entertainment, and food and drink options with listing of businesses that cater to those specific needs. The golf guide was the third biggest project, and is still in the works. On top of those three main projects, my day-to-day tasks also included carrying out interviews with local business owners and chefs.
My most memorable experience would have to be the Best of Des Moines Event. This is an annual awards event Cityview hosts to honor and present awards to local business owners. This year, the vent was held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Feb. 16, and was a huge success. The event’s cirque entertainment consisted of belly dancers, a hula-hoop performance, the Iowa State University Juggling Club and a performance by the band, B.S. and the Liars. The events entertainment also included UV Vodka sampling, a photo booth and tarot card readings. Weeks of planning paid off and more than 800 local business owners and friends attended the event.
I was able to dedicate a lot of my time to the Annual Manual, which included my free time at night. I called over 1,000 businesses in central Iowa to confirm contact information or add new information. This extra work paid off, and it is great to know that all of the information in the 2010 Annual Manual is correct.
Always ask for more to do. This will show everyone at your place of business that you are eager to learn and dedicated to helping the business. I did right when I started my internship, and eventually people other than my supervisor were asking me my opinion and if I was able to create something for them. Also, be friendly.