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Event Planning

When implementing an event like Developing Connections, the size and scope of the event can vary. An initial event can start small and build throughout subsequent semesters based on feedback and need. The first step in event planning is determining what you hope to offer and balancing this with feasibility and the resources at hand. Some possible event activities include:

  • • on-site internship interviews;
  • • a human services poster fair;
  • • professional development roundtables;
  • • a networking time with refreshments or meal; and
  • • an alumni panel.

Once the scope of the event has been determined, contact should be made with potential participants including faculty, students, alumni, community agencies, and other university personnel. This contact should highlight the proposed agenda for the event and allow attendees to determine their level of participation. Participation will dictate space needs as well as the following:

  • • tables, chairs, podium;
  • • signage;
  • • refreshments;
  • • university personnel; and
  • • faculty assistance with the event.

After knowing who intends to participate, a final agenda can be developed.

Feedback and Assessment

Prior to the event, plan to solicit participant feedback. Have attendees reflect on aspects of the event and use their suggestions to build upon what you have developed. For each event, on-site evaluation forms are given to agencies in attendance and the point of contact circulates during the event soliciting informal feedback. Developing Connections has evolved based on feedback from agencies resulting in a more structured on-site interview process.

Student feedback is obtained through reflection assignments from introductory students and seminar discussions with pre-internship and intern students. Student feedback has contributed to the addition of a keynote speaker and opening session followed by roundtables focusing on specific professional development skills.

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