An Intern in the Big City

On the morning of May 26th, I sat nervously in the 999 Peachtree parking lot. I was waiting until it was time to go into one of the huge buildings that make up the Atlanta skyline. My summer internship with The Peachtree Club was about to begin and I had no idea what to expect.

First, I’ll go back and explain why I’m with The Peachtree Club. I’m from Atlanta, but currently attend Elon University in Elon, North Carolina (If you’ve never heard of Elon before, don’t worry…it’s a very small town near Greensboro, North Carolina that not very many Atlantans know about. But it is gaining more recognition down here in the Georgia!). I’m pursuing a major in Sport and Event Management and have worked in many fields pertaining to sports (I was a manager for Elon’s women’s basketball team and completed an internship last summer with the Burlington Royals, a minor league baseball team up near Elon), but I never really felt like I found something that I could picture myself doing as a career later on in life. So, I decided to look more into event planning and working with different types of events, like weddings! I decided I wanted to live at home and work in good ol’ Atlanta so that I could experience the city life after being away from it for so long. My first internship interview was with The Peachtree Club and I was immediately sold as I walked in and saw the view from the different rooms and the incredible terrace. It was clear to me right then and there why this was one of the top locations in the city to have a wedding!

In this past month, I have learned so much about the event management industry — more than I could have even imagined! Before working here at The Club, I had never been to a wedding, and now I can say that I know what needs to happen during the set-up, the execution, and the conclusion. Lisa and Megan, The Club’s Catering and Event Managers, have been so helpful by explaining any new situation and clarifying any questions I have. In the beginning, I did a lot of shadowing where I would observe Lisa and Megan as they gave tours or helped set-up for an event. An example of this is when we needed to get the bride and groom’s rooms ready for their arrival. Here at The Peachtree Club, we like to display champagne for the bride and bridesmaids and beer for the groom and groomsmen. This is just a small part of our set-up, and when I was asked to do this and wasn’t sure how to go about it, Lisa and Megan were so kind to show me step by step which glasses to use, how to prepare the drinks, and where to place them in the rooms. I’ve learned that in the event management industry, small details, like setting out these drinks or placing a bride and groom’s personal decorations throughout the venue, all contribute to making an event as successful as possible. Even though I work primarily with the Catering and Event department, this internship with The Club has also given me the opportunity to see how all of the different departments, such as the kitchen and banquet staff, come together and help create a memorable event.

This past month has flown by and I’m sure that the next month and a half will go by just as quickly, but I have no doubt that I will continue to learn and grow while I work at The Peachtree Club. Completing this internship meant that I had to step out of my comfort zone so that I could explore the different possibilities within the event management industry. Looking back at how much I have learned in this last month, I am so glad that my first experience in the event industry was with The Peachtree Club.