We tag every company profile based on location, industry, and job/internship types offered. Pick a keyword below to find similar employers:
Last year I was lucky enough to go to the summer X Games, a festival which offers live music, extreme sports, athlete autograph sessions, and interactive elements in Los Angeles. While I was there sitting in the stands, surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans, watching Freestyle Motocross bikers soar through the air, I couldn’t help but think how amazing it was that someone was able to actually make this gigantic event happen. And the person that was the glue that held the X Games together, was an event planner– or probably a few. Basically an event planner is someone who organizes an event like a festival, ceremony, competition, convention, or party.
An event planner handles every part of making an event a success. First comes finding the ideal location for the event–it could be a hotel, convention center, reception hall, or outdoor area. Once the location is selected, the coordinator finds the right staff to work the event, or sets clear expectations with the existing staff, selects and reserves the entertainment. Throughout the process, the event planner must keep contact with the client to make sure that expectations are being met so that everything goes smoothly on the day of the event. The event planner is also responsible for addressing additional details like food, drinks, music, guest list, decorations, transportation, and in some cases advertising and marketing (check out this infographic for details about what that entails). The event planner must accomplish all of this while keeping within a specific budget and a timeline that they help set–allocating resources is a key part of the job.
The key for a successful event planner is to be in constant communication. That means spending a lot of time in an office, making phone calls or writing emails to stay in touch with clients and vendors. The morning might be filled with negotiating contracts, discussing the layout of a venue, crunching numbers in a budget, studying a menu to select the best food options, or surfing the web for local DJs. In the afternoon a planner might pick up a printed banner or invitations, email the caterer, and book a limousine. And throughout the day, time will be spent fielding additional requests from clients. Many of the tasks can be administrative, but when you get to see the event come together without a hitch, it’s all worth it.
Pay for an event planner generally falls between $30,000 and $69,000 per year, and the median expected salary is $55,299 per year. In the event planning field, most folks start as Assistant Event Planners or Event Coordinators (the average salary for that role is apparently $44,318, though this seems a bit high to me). The next step up is becoming an Event Planner. If you want to venture further up the ladder, you either work at a larger events firm or start your own events business.
You can obviously be an event planner anywhere events happen, but the best places are usually in cities known for having large events like:
To be a great planner you might want a Bachelor’s Degree in event planning, but the exciting news is that you don’t have to have one. In this industry, determination might be all you need. A good place to start is to get a couple years of experience in the field–perhaps by assisting with catering an event, or helping out with a local concert. As long as you are creative, good at multi-tasking, able to envision the big picture, results oriented, and capable of working within a given budget, you should be able to land a job in event planning.
If event planning still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.
|Boots In-Store Beauty Advisor (Manhattan)||New York, NY|
|Temporary Photography Intern||Brooklyn, NY|
|Temporary Plant Records Intern||Brooklyn, NY|
|Summer Jobs & Internships - Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP)||Brooklyn, NY|
|Education Greenhouse Interim Seasonal Coordinator||Brooklyn, NY|
|Special Projects Assistant||Tucson, AZ|
|CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST||Brooklyn, NY|
|Spanish speaking Family Practice physician needed - Orange County, CA||San Juan Capistrano, CA|
|Regional Coordinator for New Washington, D.C. Office of Fast-Growing Small Business||Washington, DC|
|Physician - Family Medicine||Tustin, CA|
|Content & Communications Intern||New York, NY|
|Design Intern||New York, NY|
|Physical Therapist Rehab Manager Management opportunity in fun, urban community||Richmond, VA|
|Occupational Therapist Rehab Manager Relocation Assistance Exciting, urban community, rich in arts, nightlife, and out||Portland, OR|
|Executive Assistant||New York, NY|
|Media Account Executive||Presque Isle, ME|
|Media Account Executive - Presque Isle, ME||Presque Isle, ME|
|Freelance Production Designer | Townsquare Media Local Creative Services - New York, NY||New York, NY|
|Promotion Coordinator||Trenton, NJ|
|Promotion Coordinator - Trenton, NJ||Trenton, NJ|
|Australian Baseball League - Media and Communications Intern 2014-15||United States|
|Business Development / Sales Intern||United States|
|Australian Baseball League - Strategy Intern 2014-...||United States|
|Marketing Intern||United States|
|Public Relations Intern||United States|
|Account Coordinator - Fashion - Fashion Industry Opportunity||New York, NY|
|Financial Analyst - Financial Sponsors Coverage Group - New York (experienced position)||New York, NY|
|Campus Recruiting: Summer Associate (Class of 2015) - Finance and Investment Industry Opportunity||New York, NY|
|Campus Recruiting: Summer Financial Analyst (Class of 2015) - Finance and Investment Industry Opportunity||New York, NY|
|Recruiting Coordinator||New York, NY|
|Outpatient Coding Manager||Arlington, TX|
|Development Associate||Los Angeles, CA|
|Director of Development - Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena||South Pasadena, CA|
|Registered Nurse - First Assistant - (RNFA - Operating Room)||Oxnard, CA|
|Director of Surgical Services||Alexandria, VA|
|Associate Director of Sales||Vienna, VA|
|Operating Room Operating Room Technician||Takoma Park, MD|
|Housekeeper - WYNDHAM GARDEN DAYTON SOUTH||Miamisburg, OH|
Check out the latest job and internship postings in events.jobs by