Internship gives SHL student real-world experience

School of Hospitality Leadership Student Makayla LaneMakayla Lane, Leland, North Carolina native and a junior in the School of Hospitality Leadership, is seeking an undergraduate degree in convention and special events management. And, what better way to go at it headfirst than an internship with the Charlotte Motor Speedway?

“The first event I worked on was the Monster Truck Bash in late August. I have learned a great deal about behind-the-scenes of event planning with this company,” said Lane. “We have weekly meetings where we discuss upcoming events. I have been helping with talent booking for different events, and I have also learned how fan engagement works, making them a lot more fun!”

“The big race we are preparing for is the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400. I grew up watching NASCAR races with my grandfather, but I could never go to an actual race, so working the events will be an even better experience.”

“I love this internship and am looking forward to learning more about the events and NASCAR industries. I hope that by the end of this internship in December, I will better understand how big corporate companies like Charlotte Motor Speedway plan, set-up, execute, and break down each event.”School of Hospitality Leadership student Makayla Lane stands next to NASCAR car

When asked about how classwork prepared her for her internship, Lane said. “I am in my third week of this internship and have already learned so much and cannot wait to expand my knowledge on all aspects of event planning.”

“The monthly reports we are required to write (in class) taught me time management skills. This activity has helped me grow as an intern. I currently work 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday,  and I will work weekend events over the next three months. I have had to learn how to manage a full-time internship and complete my papers/homework in the downtime I get during this internship. Reading over my self-evaluation sheets has helped me target my weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

“The coursework really helps me grow as an intern every day. I am grateful to have such a great professor leading this class.”


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