Houston Zoo Fall Internship – Special Events




Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Houston Zoo is offering an opportunity for students to participate in an unpaid internship with the Special Events Department! This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to work alongside Special Events staff, develop important professional relationships and gain valuable experience!

RESPONSIBILITES:

• Assist with coordinating logistics for Houston Zoo Birthday parties, including submitting all necessary paperwork, procuring all supplies, and communicating with HZI staff and outside parties to ensure successful event.

• Assist with planning and execution of event.

• Assist with miscellaneous special projects.

• Serve as point-of-contact on-site at all of the above events, overseeing all deliveries, vendors, setup, and execution of event.

• Assist with developing sponsorship proposals for potential partners—help with research.

• Provide internal Special Events Department support as needed

• Assure complete, timely, accurate communication with internal and external parties

KNOWLEDGE:

• Must be a self-starter.

• Effective project management skills essential.

• Able to multi-task essential.

• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products particularly Excel and Power Point.

• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Knowledge of research/analysis a plus.

EXPERIENCE:

• Candidates must currently be enrolled in a college institution or a recent graduate (within 6 months of application).

• Coursework in Marketing and/or Communications related field is preferred.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

• The position involves minimal physical exertion, except when assisting the production of a special event or promotion. Walking, lifting and lots of time outside may be required on specific occasions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

• This position requires interns work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold and dust. However, with the exceptions of special events, most opportunities are indoors.

PHYSICAL SKILL:

Requires the ability to make coordinated gross motor movements in response to changing external stimuli with in moderately demanding tolerances; or the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within low tolerance demands with no real speed requirements.

PUBLIC CONTACT:

Requires heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal and negotiation skills, extensive interaction with the public, some donors, members and the press, plus a large number of vendors and co-promotional partners.

APPLICATION

• We are currently accepting applications until July 25, 2013. Internships will begin in September until mid December.

• To submit an application, please visit our website at www.houstonzoo.org/volunteering/. Applicant must also submit a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Nhi Tran at 713-533-6558 or via email at ntran@houstonzoo.org.