I want to be an event coordinator (planner) but do not know how to get into the business. Where do I start?

I am interested in Art and architecture and am trying to tie that into a career of planning events for nonprofits, whatever. Should I major in PR? I have an AA in general studies but I don't know what to do next. Any good sites for internships? What schools offer event planning? Looking for answerers who have job related experience but not neccessary.

Asked By: Julie - 9/24/2007
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If you live in a medium-size or large city, chances are there are firms in your area that specialize in event planning. Look for a job in one. Also look for jobs in sales/catering department of large hotels with convention or meeting facilities, or in a local convention/visitors bureau, or in a large corporation with... More
Answered By: mike k - 9/24/2007
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you should try to get a job working FOR an event planner and then see if it is really up your alley. a related field would be catering and/or hospitality. i would try to get on-the-job experience rather than anymore college because when a person goes to hire an event planner they will probably not be looking for any... More
Answered By: missbeckythacher - 9/24/2007
If you're trying to figure out what to major in, try hotel management. It will give you everything you need to know about event management, and more, and you'll leave college ready to jump right into your new career. A PR major won't really give you the background or training you need for event coordination. I agree... More
Answered By: Vicster - 9/24/2007
Julie, Entrepreneur Magazine has a number of proffessional guides for businesses. (They are available at, They run from $40 to $70 and are an amazing bargain... More
Answered By: billblue0072003 - 9/25/2007
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