My name is Summer Stevens and I am a senior at Texas A&M pursuing my Professional Event Management Certificate. I am interning with Experience Bryan College Station for the Fall 2017 semester. After graduation, I want to pursue a career in Festivals and Events with a Convention and Visitors Bureau. This opportunity with Experience Bryan College Station has helped me see the "ins and outs" of a CVB.
Events and Servicing Internship at Experience Bryan College Station
Overview of Experience Bryan College Station
Experience Bryan College Station, formerly known as the Bryan College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a non-profit organization that works with the cities of Bryan and College Station to market, sell, and promote the area as a destination for conventions, travel, trade shows, sporting events, and activities. We provide services and technical assistance to all our visitors to help ensure a memorable experience and repeat visits to the area. From the best places to stay, meet, and eat to amazing vacation activities and professional event consultation, we bring the best of this wonderful region right to you. The mission of Experience Bryan College Station is to enhance economic and social growth in Bryan College Station and the Brazos Valley by marketing, promoting, developing, and coordinating tourism, conventions, sports, and hospitality opportunities in the area. We work closely with hotels, venues, and vendors in the BCS area to find the best fit for our visitors. We want to provide the best experience possible for visitors to ensure they have a good memory of Bryan College Station and will come back to visit again.
Experience Bryan College Station is looking for motivated, creative interns that are self-starters. This internship is designed to provide students and recent graduates with invaluable experience within the Convention and Visitors Bureau through assisting with special projects directly related to destination marketing. The internship will deliver a working knowledge of the tourism industry and valuable professional experience. This intern will also begin the initial planning stages of the Meeting Planners Showcase event. Through this internship you will gain great event planning experience, day of event execution and post event follow up.
Hours: Part-Time or Full-Time; Flexible shifts between Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required based on events.
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
-Support servicing of groups through registration assistance, visitor bags, etc.
-Providing customer service and local information to visitors
-Assist with the planning, preparation, and participation of CVB events with the main focus on Meeting Planners Showcase
-Interacting with the representatives of City of Bryan and City of College Station
-Opportunities to attend Chamber events with CVB staff
-Other duties administrative duties associated with servicing groups
Requirements and Qualifications needed to fulfill this position:
Qualifications: Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree program and interested recent graduates are welcome to apply. Desire to organize & manage special events and projects; Ability to see projects through to completion; Excellent organizational skills; Strong work ethic; Experience with Microsoft Office; Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Benefits and Opportunities:
This internship is unpaid but there are opportunities to attend Chamber events, network with visitor groups, and make connections with hotels and possible future employers.
During this internship, I gained valuable knowledge about Experience Bryan College Station. I got to see all of the hotels in the BCS area, see the behind the scenes work of events, contact different venues and hotels for future conventions and meetings, and meet many different visitor groups. I also got to learn more about the HOT Grant Application process. The HOT Grant is an opportunity for meeting and event groups to get funding for their event from Experience Bryan College Station depending on the number of hotels, restaurant, and other facilities used. One of my favorite projects was the Volun”touring” program where I worked with different non-profits in the Bryan College Station area to provide volunteer programs for visitor and meeting groups. Whether it be making visitor guides, delivering information to hotels, or helping with an event, I got to see every important aspect for each visitor group.