- Interning for the Worcester Business Journal
Name: Meghan Gallagher
Hometown: Upton, MA
Minor: International Business
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)
At the Worcester Business Journal, I am the Events/Marketing intern. My primary responsibilities include: developing press releases for the events, managing registrations, creating invoices for WBJ clients, coordinating event mailings, creating media kits, securing speakers and sponsors for the events, and making updates to the event webpage. I also attend all of the events hosted by the WBJ and am responsible to set-up/break down the event and to assist with keeping the event on schedule. I have also learned to use the Marketing Manager software program.
My event planning tasks and experiences have improved my skills and confidence in communicating and engaging in conversation with other business professionals. These events, which are hosted for CEOs and Managers of companies in Central Massachusetts, have created valuable networking opportunities for me.
Before this internship opportunity, I had minimal experience with planning events. I was immediately given tasks to develop an agenda for the events and to contact potential sponsors and speakers. This internship has helped me grow in my written communication skills by providing me the opportunity to constantly write emails and press releases.
Being able to be hands-on in influencing, developing and implementing an event is rewarding and exciting. Some of the events that I have been involved with planning include: 40 CEO’s under the age of 40, the Massachusetts Energy Summit, Family Business Awards, Women in Business and The Business Expo.
I have experienced and seen the amount of time and effort that is put into planning these events, and although it may be stressful in the office prior to the events, seeing and hearing the attendees say it was a success is worth the hard work. I have enjoyed my internship with the WBJ and am excited to expand my career in event planning.