Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 17 2013

Student Member Spotlight: A Conversation With Jessica Munoz

By Jill Formeister

Meet Jessica Munoz, Michigan State University Student Chapter President, who is building the foundation for a successful future career in the hospitality industry.

How long have you been a student member of PCMA and what attracted you to join?
I have been a student member for three years. I first joined the Michigan State University student chapter of PCMA as a freshman when I switched my major to hospitality business. I was interested in event planning as a possible career path and joined PCMA to learn more about the industry. Through PCMA, students gain more knowledge outside of classes and meet professionals within the event industry.  

As chapter president, what are your proudest accomplishments?
Last year we won PCMA Student Chapter of the Year, which exemplified the PCMA MSU executive board’s hard work reaching out to increase new membership and providing a unique education to our members. I am passionate about making PCMA a resource for students interested in event planning. On a more personal level, I was one of the recipients of the PCMA Convening Leaders Scholarship for this year’s conference in Orlando. As the MSU chapter president I have gained leadership, teamwork and networking skills. PCMA has helped me grow as a future professional.

When do you graduate, and what is your short-term goal?
I will graduate in May 2014 from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. I hope to enter the events industry right away working in either an association, CVB, or a destination management organization.

What is your long-term career goal?
I have a true passion for helping people. I hope to use my degree and knowledge in events to work in a nonprofit organization in their meetings and events department. I feel that this would be a great way to use my career and skills to make a difference in other’s lives.

How can PCMA help you meet your goals?
As a student I have been grateful for all of the great support I get from GMC PCMA and local event professionals. It’s important for PCMA to help link professionals and students. Internships are crucial for students to gain knowledge and learn more about the events industry. It would be a huge resource if PCMA could create an internship database to help students find places looking to hire interns!

Do you have advice for other student members?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there in the industry. Networking is key to getting your foot in the door. Everyone in PCMA has been so willing to help me and I know they would go above and beyond for any other student as well. I would also say to get involved and gain experience. Any experience you can gain in hospitality will help your future career.

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