Participate in an internship with the Marketing Department at the Houston Zoo! Apply your marketing skills to further the mission of a non-profit organization. This department supports the Zoo through brand awareness and events such as Zoobilee, Evening Chill, Zoo Boo, Feast with the Beasts, and Zoo Lights, depending on which semester the internship takes place. This is an unpaid opportunity that will allow students to gain hands-on experience with event planning and marketing promotion while developing important professional relationships. Interns will shadow the Marketing staff and be involved throughout the execution process including, but not limited to, contacting clients, preparing the event spaces, meeting vendors, managing event volunteers and completing closing functions. In addition, interns will gain an understanding of the pre-planning phase and other administrative functions.
Applicants interested in this position should be detail oriented, dependable, positive and exhibit excellent communication skills. The curriculum for this internship is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the following:
Coordinating logistics for Houston Zoo promotional and fundraising events, including conducting research, submitting all necessary paperwork, creating timelines, and communicating with HZI staff and outside parties to ensure successful events
Developing and maintaining inventory of collateral materials/supplies
Assisting with coordination and implementation of event sponsorship elements, ensuring sponsor satisfaction and assisting with sponsorship recap
Participating in off-site promotional activations at events such as Texans Training Camp, Dynamo Games, Houston Children’s Festival, etc.
Creating new booth activation games and activities to engage the public at events
Procuring supplies and giveaway items
Overseeing deliveries, setup, and execution of events
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND ENVIRONMENT:
This opportunity involves minimal physical exertion, except when assisting in the production of a special event or promotion. Walking, lifting and lots of time outside may be required on specific occasions, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal and negotiation skills, extensive interaction with the public, some donors, members and the press, plus many vendors and co-promotional partners.
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS:
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products particularly Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
Exhibit excellent oral communication and writing skills
Must be a self-starter
Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment
Effective project management skills essential
Interest in pursuing a career in marketing or event planning/management
Coursework in Marketing and/or Communications-related filed is preferred but not required
Experience or previous involvement in event planning, guest service or marketing is a plus
Interns are required to complete a minimum 200-hour commitment planning and assisting in events
Compose and present an educational presentation at the end of internship
About Houston Zoo, Inc.
The Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and training. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. The Zoo aspires to foster appreciation, knowledge, and care for the conservation of the natural world through engaging educational programs.
Additionally, the Houston Zoo special events team has the ability to provide extraordinary experiences throughout the Zoo. Whether it’s a cocktail reception, class reunion, corporate picnic, wedding reception, or any occasion for 10 to 2,500+ guests, we have a variety of event venues and plenty of fun, creative ideas to make each gathering unique.
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