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FHSU tourism and hospitality students intern for E2E Summit

Three tourism and hospitality students from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) recently completed internships at E2E Summit. E2E Summit develops industry specific meetings to connect top-level industry visionaries, innovators, and pioneers (VIPs). The purpose of these connections are for the VIPs to engage one another and execute innovative and disruptive programs within their target industries.

Tim Speno, president and founder of E2E Summit, started the company in September 2012. The company is based in Hays, KS. When preparing for their second summit, which was held in San Antonio, TX, he looked to FHSU for interns to help with all the tasks needed to be done to create a smooth running summit. Audrey Rupp, Josey Vandiver, and Amber Zvolanek were chosen for the internship.

Audrey, Josey, and Amber led, planned, and executed key components of the 48-hour event. From being the lead on holding a private dinner for more than 130 guests on the grounds of the Alamo in San Antonio, to preparation efforts fueled by E2E's event website, to handling multiple fire drills that came up at the last minute, the interns were a part of almost every aspect of the E2E Summit program. Amber noted, "The best part of the internship was seeing the final product when we got to San Antonio. It was great to see all of our hard work pay off, and see that the attendees were enjoying themselves."

Audrey Rupp said, "This experience gave me the opportunity to apply everything I've learned in the Tourism and Hospitality Management program. Reading from a textbook is one thing, but this internship gave me the opportunity to experience event planning first hand."

"I am so grateful for this opportunity and it is an experience I will always look back on with a smile on my face, knowing how it challenged me, how much I learned, and how amazingly much fun I had!" commented Josey Vandiver.

Both the interns and Tim Speno were very pleased with the final product. The girls expressed how great it was to work with Tim and his wife, Jessica. Tim was impressed with the work of his interns and voiced that he would be interested in working with more interns from FHSU in the future.

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