A Cause for Celebration: Student Interns with NYC Event-Planners
While most students plan out their summers, trying to catch up with friends and spend time with family, Jacquelynne DeRegis ’17 is doing another sort of planning—scheduling New York City’s nightlife.
DeRegis, a communication and film studies major, is interning at Joonbug.com, an event-planning service that executes large-scale events for top nightlife venues in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Baltimore. As an intern, she assists with planning operations for events in New York City throughout the summer, working to make sure online ticket sales are correct and events go off without a hitch.
Though Joonbug is based primarily online, DeRegis is experiencing that “big-city” feel working in Joonbug’s New York City office. “I absolutely love big cities and feel that this is where I want to live long term,” says DeRegis. “I have never had this kind of experience before, so having the chance to work with such a large, well-known company like Joonbug is amazing!”
Event-planning has been of interest to DeRegis during her time at Le Moyne. She previously interned at the Samaritan Center in Syracuse, a nonprofit interfaith soup kitchen, where she organized fundraisers. Though her environment has changed, DeRegis finds she has so much she is gaining from this new experience. “I am learning how to work in an office setting and what it’s like to be a part of a company,” she says.
DeRegis is a recipient of an Ignite Summer Fellowship, a merit-based summer internship award that provides financial support for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients must meet the fellowship’s competitive requirements and complete a summer internship for academic credit. Professor Leslie Streissguth of the Office of Career Advising and Development made Jacquelynne aware of this opportunity and encouraged her to apply. “Professor Streissguth told me about the Ignite Fellowship,” says DeRegis, “and my family and professors encouraged me to find an internship and supported what I wanted to do for the summer.”
DeRegis is making the most of her time in New York City, exploring and getting a taste of the nightlife she helps plan. “There is so much to do,” she says, “there is always an event or something fun going on.”