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Pictured left to right:
Marcus Urquhart,
Sarah Banks,
Erica Martin and
Gene Stinson, CAE,
PCED, CEcD, HLM.

My Internship with the

Southern Economic Development Council
BY SARAH BANKS

WHEN I ACCEPTED an intern position
with the Southern Economic
Development Council (SEDC), I
had no idea what to expect. As a
senior business student, I wanted
the opportunity to get firsthand
experience in management,
event planning and any other
facet of business I could, before
I venture into the job market
come graduation.
During my time at SEDC, I was
afforded these opportunities
and more. I quickly became
accustomed to the broader tasks
that accompany a small business-
an environment I've never been in
before. Every day was different,
and the position enabled me to get
a comprehensive view of how the
Southern Economic Development
Council works. Although smaller
in staff, SEDC membership is
large and the job requires a lot of
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hands-on work. I was impressed
with both the scope and size of
things accomplished each day in
order to continue maintaining
the association.
The bulk of the tasks I worked
on concerned SEDC's 2016 annual
conference held in Kansas City.
It was through these tasks that
I learned about event planning
and the type of work it requires.
What I discovered quickly was
that no detail goes unnoticed,
from organizing the speakers to
positioning flags-a wide range
for certain, but both of examples
of the details which I had a
hand in planning.
The conference itself was
exhausting, but also completely
rewarding. Seeing some of the work
I had done come to fruition was
the highlight of my internship.
One of my favorite tasks involved

creating an app for the conference.
Having creative control over how it
would work and benefit attendees
was exciting, and doubly so when
I could watch it in action at the
conference. While there I also got
to meet SEDC members. I learned a
lot from interacting with them and
enjoyed putting faces to the names
I had seen countless times.
And, of course, I loved getting
to know the SEDC staff. Gene,
Marcus and Erica were extremely
welcoming and helpful with any
and all questions I had. I was never
made to feel like a coffee-fetching
intern; instead, I was assigned
tasks that had a real impact on
SEDC's membership. I can't thank
them enough for my time there;
I truly enjoyed it.
Sarah Banks is a member of the
University of Georgia Class of 2017.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
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Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
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Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
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Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
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Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
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Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
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Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
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Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
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Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
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Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
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Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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