Spotlight on: Haley Rauffenbart
Hospitality and Event Management
Tell us about your responsibilities as an intern for Rafanelli Events:
On a normal day, I arrived at the office, sat down at my desk, logged on to my laptop and checked the intern calendar and my e-mail. We had to make sure to check our e-mails for any news on prior projects, errands that needed to be run, make phone calls, oversee and set-up meetings with event producers and clients.
What was your favorite part of being an intern?
My favorite part about being an intern was gaining hands on experience that you could not receive in classes and getting to be part of an amazing company in the exact field that I dream to be in when I graduate.
Do you have any favorite moments or memories at your internship?
My favorite moments would be seeing the final products or events come together and know that I was able to be a part of it and help provide a successful event for the client as well as meeting new friends who I spent the semester interning with.
What would you tell students who are trying to obtain an internship but do not know where to begin?
To prepare for my interview, I spruced up my portfolio. I made sure to include a copy of my resume, cover letter, a list of classes I have taken related to the field, references, recommendation letters, awards and examples of my work. My one piece of advice for students who need an internship but don’t know where to begin would be to apply to as many internships as you can and be confident while presenting yourself professionally.