We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing intern on our team this fall!
Today, we are turning the spotlight on her to learn a little bit about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.
Meet Madison Hearney.
Where are you from: Saint James, NY – about an hour east of New York City.
Where are you at school: I’m a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. My major is Hearing and Speech Sciences and my certificate is in Leadership Studies.
Did you always want to be in the events industry: As you can probably tell from my current major, it actually took me a little while to figure out that I wanted to be in the events industry. Growing up, I was always the family planner – even as a kid I would take charge of planning family parties and vacations. My parents always joked that I would make a great cruise ship director, but I always saw event planning as something I did not just because I was good at it, but also just because I thought it was fun.
It took me a little longer to figure out that this was actually I wanted to do as a career. Coming into college, I was an Animal Sciences major on the Pre-Vet track, and after my first semester decided to pursue Speech Language Pathology. I got my start in event planning almost accidentally, as an intern for the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. In my role, I was in charge of organizing the Big Ten Leadership Conference in both August 2016 and August 2017. Being in an event coordinator role, I fell in love with the environment and responsibilities of the job, and it was clear to me from that point on that I belonged in the events industry.
My career progression has definitely been an interesting and unusual one. Currently, my dream job is to stick around in the events industry, but even more specifically I want to coordinate and execute professional golf tournaments. Weddings and golf tournaments actually aren’t all that different when it comes down to planning and managing an event with so many parts that have to work together perfectly. My experiences here at A. Dominick Events have given me such a strong skill set in what it takes to plan an amazing event, and I know that I’m going to be able to use everything I’ve learned here in the whatever I choose to do moving forward.
What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship has been, by far, the most exciting, fun, and hands-on experience I’ve ever had. I would have to say that one of my favorite parts of this internship is that no two days are ever the same. Some days I’m in the office, others are spent in downtown Washington, DC, and my favorite days are always the actual day of whichever event we’re working on. It’s been so cool to experience all of the different aspects of the industry, and working with the A. Dominick Events team is teaching me exactly what it takes to be successful both in and out of the work world.
This internship is one that is designed and set up to be a hands-on learning environment. I can’t even begin to name all of the lessons I’ve learned and the skills I’ve developed as a result of my semester with the team at A. Dominick Events. It’s so easy to tell that Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley are truly invested in making sure that I’m getting something new out of the experience every day. I love that each day, I am trusted with new and more advanced responsibilities, and knowing that I’m contributing to the production of an incredible event is such a rewarding and amazing feeling. Being around the team, and experiencing first-hand just how talented and dedicated they are to every event that they create, is something that is going to inspire me for the rest of my career and my life.
What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I really don’t think I’m going to be able to choose a single favorite moment from this internship. Without a doubt, the event days are always some of the most exciting and rewarding moments of the experience. Knowing that I contributed even a small part in turning a collection of photos and floorplans and contracts into someone’s dream event is the most incredible feeling. Working together with so many other people to bring everything to life is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and that moment when everything is finally in place is nothing short of magical.
So many of my friends have told me how jealous they are of my job, and I can’t blame them. I’m genuinely so excited to come to work every day, and that in itself is something I’m definitely not taking for granted. This experience has been so above and beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m so grateful to Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley for making this a semester unlike any other.
We’ve enjoyed having you so much and can’t wait to see what you do next, Madison!