Meeting & Event Planning Internship

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SEIA's Meetings & Education Department is currently seeking two Meeting Planning Interns for Summer 2013.

Organization Description:  SEIA is the national trade association of the solar energy industry.  Established in 1974, SEIA works to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, strengthening the industry, and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. SEIA employs 39 full-time staff.

Internship Description:  SEIA is looking for 2 meeting planning interns for Summer 2013.  Ideal candidates will be available part time (at least 15-20 hours per week).  Candidates should demonstrate knowledge in event management with an interest in energy and environmental policy.  SEIA currently produces two annual meetings & tradeshows in partnership with SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association); one in the spring and one in the fall.  Both are major events in the solar energy industry with the spring tradeshow drawing over 3000 participants and the fall drawing more than 25,000 participants each year.  SEIA also produces several smaller conferences and seminars per year, as well as a series of internal and administrative meetings.

The successful candidate must have strong organizational skills to plan workflow, handle overlapping activities and meet established deadlines.  The ability to synthesize and disseminate information in a timely fashion is crucial.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  A strong work ethic and cheerful customer service attitude are key.  The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.  The successful candidate will also have an eye for detail and the ability to follow established processes and recommend improvements. 

Intern Will:

  • Gain valuable, hands-on experience in the field of meeting and event planning
  • Assist department with aspects of planning and implementation of seminars, conferences, trade shows, and administrative events
  • Assist department in maintaining filing system including contract and city venue reference files
  • Attend industry events and make contacts
  • Learn about various duties and skill sets in event management and meeting planning.
  • Become familiar with trade association functions and structure, and with solar energy
  • Create, implement, and manage tools to facilitate communication (website updates, email blast, Facebook and twitter updates, CVENT system, etc.)

Academic Majors:  Undergraduate or graduate students in event management, hospitality, communications, public relations, or other related field.

Compensation:   A transportation stipend is available. Supervisor will provide written evaluation and summary of work experience, or work with intern to meet academic requirements.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Leah Sumrall, Asst. Manager of Events & Education, at lsumrall@seia.org.  Positions are open until filled.

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