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Event Production Internship

RipRoar Events
Des Moines, IA

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****  Deadline for the 2018 Internship has passed but keep looking ahead for future summer internships ****

RipRoar Events | Des Moines, Iowa

Endurance Event Production + Design  
Summer Event Production Internship                                Application Deadline: Early March

Start Date: Early May                                                                  Contracted Pay: $2,600.00
End Date: Mid August        

What We Do: 
RipRoar Events is an endurance event production company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Producing the Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon, 5K + Team Relay, Des Moines Turkey Trot and RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series as well as many other yoga, cycling, non-profit and pet-friendly running events, RipRoar Events has it’s hands in nearly every aspect of event production from start to finish. 
The RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series is one of the most distinguished youth endurance event productions the country. RipRoar produces a summer long series of youth multi-sport events that promote healthy lifestyles and achieving big feats. RipRoar’s events are known for the energy and passion of the event, staff, families and children involved.

How We Do It: 
Our approach to events (and work in general) is anything but traditional. We know that the power to move our brand forward lies in cultivating our creativity and inspiring those who stand on our starting lines. We do this by working in an open, creative and often sun soaked environment. We value caffeinated brainstorm sessions and a well-rounded, hard working, stop at nothing attitude in our staff members.  

Who You Are:
Everything you do you is done with passion. You care about and connect with kids. You are easy going but hard working. You know how to solve problems with the tools that you have. You are interested in event creation and production. Your friends describe you as the person who goes into everything with a positive attitude. You are a good communicator and can write professionally, but understand when is the appropriate time to post something fun to our social media stream. You are looking for more than “just” an internship this summer and are o.k. bragging about your summer all next year. You are reading this and thinking, ‘this sounds perfect.’ If that’s you, than we cannot wait to hear from you. 

Design Background: 
A summer designing for RipRoar offers a huge opportunity to expand your design portfolio while getting to see your creations come to life in a very real way. One day you’ll be creating a t-shirt design, race bib or cycling jersey in our office and the next week you’ll see hundreds of kids proudly wearing your design. Proficiency with Photoshop and vector design required for this position. Come prepared to show examples of your design work and ability to efficiently use Photoshop.

How Your Time Will Be Spent:    
Our Summer Internship will be divided into two equal parts: 
  1. Time spent in our office planning, promoting, communicating, creating, designing, revising, permitting and celebrating 4 youth triathlons, 1 epic yoga event, a cycling race and building a huge running event. Office hours are typically 9am-5pm but vary based on weekend events.
  2. Time spent outside at events building, branding, engaging, educating, encouraging, monitoring, moving and high-fiving through a summer of engaging events.
You must be able to commute to downtown Des Moines for each office day. 
You must have availability to be at all of the following events listed on the following page (please note, any travel to and from events as well as all lodging and food while at events will be covered). 
You must have your own laptop that you feel comfortable using while in the office to create, design and distribute information. 
You must not have previous arrests or convictions that pertain to interacting with youth. 

Pay and Perks: 
Summer Pay: $2,600.00
Because of the varying time requirements throughout the summer, our internship pay is determined based on a summer of work but will be paid every two weeks throughout the summer. Intern pay is determined based on time spent in the office as well as at events, excluding travel time. This pay breaks down to roughly $10 per hour. 

Further Opportunities:  
There is a common question in our industry, “you have a dream job--how did you get it?” Almost everyone in the event production industry starts as a volunteer or intern, which suggests that, should this be the path for you, there is no better place to start than right here. We have a wide network for further paid opportunities during and following your internship all over the country. This ‘job’ is unique, it’s mobile, and it’s one that we promise is filled with adventure and friendship.  

Application Details: 
If this sound like a perfect summer, we’d love to hear from you. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to RipRoar Events at by the deadline of midnight (check website for date). 

All applications must contain both a cover letter and resume for consideration. We do not want traditional templates for your cover letter so save yourself a search on “glass door.” Instead, please write us a letter that shows who you are, why you’re a positive person to be around and why this internship is the right step toward where you want to be. Applicants will be informed of interviews no later than March 10th to commence at the end of March.