“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Today, internships are not only a college requirement and necessity to post-graduation, but it reveals the “dirty work” associated with an occupation. When articles such as, “Oklahoma event planner’s life is a party” focus on only the glitz and glamor of a job, it can be a misleading factor in choosing a career path. The NewsOK article opens with the quote, “Every time I go to work, I end up at a party.” The article portrays event planning as a job that involves only ravish events, galas, and even a birthday party for 50 monkeys, but it never mentions the hard work and strenuous hours put into executing a successful event.
Since 2007, the National Conference Center has partnered with Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg, Virgina to help illustrate the true work of an event planner. Through the school’s business program, NCC & Belmont Ridge Middle have established a program to provide students with a real-life view of a local business. In the four month series, students visit the conference center and learn how to plan and execute a successful event from start to finish.
This “mini-internship” provides students with a property tour and several instructed classes on planning the party, detailing events, culinary, setting the room, and service standards. During the course of the year, NCC also hosts an Excellence in Education Banquet and a School Partnership Breakfast for the students and teachers.
As we help plan this year’s curriculum at Belmont Ridge Middle School, we’re incorporating other career paths into the program. 2010 will mark the first year a student who excels at writing is selected to compose a series of articles. The writing pieces will cover the story of the eight classes and also have the opportunity to practice using social media outlets to get the word out such as blogging & Twitter.
Here are some photos from last year’s program…
Working on Room Diagrams
Team effort creating a dessert
Students greeting at the Partnership Breakfast
We look forward to welcoming the class of 2010-2011 eighth graders who will be participating this year.