Hospitality Management Interns Relish Unique Experience
Electric blue and yellow drinks added pop to a dimly lit room while breakfast foods wafted throughout the Bryce Jordan Center. For most students, experiences during the final week of classes is drastically different from that of Hospitality Management interns.
In total, 12 students celebrated the Fall semester coming to a close through a Breakfast at Tiffany's themed brunch on December 6.
"It was so much fun to put on such a colorful event," said intern Hannah Crosby. "Sharing in our successes at the end of the semester is what makes this internship class so unique and important."
While the ceremony served as a final project for some, the dinner also marked the end of a 15-week internship with the Housing and Food Services (HFS) department.
"The reception symbolizes and shows what [the students] accomplished in the end, and throughout the internship" said Maria Kim, industry and career services coordinator for the School of Hospitality Management. "For me, the internship is not just standing at the grill and you work there and that is what you do. It is taking something out of [the experience] that someday you will use in a leadership position."
Kim, who oversees the HFS internship opportunities, also sees great benefit from the celebration as well.
"The food is so good and it ties up with the whole theme and everything that they've done throughout the semester," said Kim. "It's a successful event because all of them work together and it's everybody celebrating together."
The reception also holds special meaning to the student interns as well.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase how far we have all come through this internship," said Crosby about the event. "We all went from brand new employees to managers and I think that says a lot about our [mentors]. It is one thing to be successful and another to share our success with those who cultivated our skills."
Numerous faculty and staff members, who served as mentors and managers to the interns, also attended the event.
However, without Kim, the celebration would be for not.
In 2007, with the help of senior instructor Chef Jeff Heim, Kim implemented the first internship opportunity.
Despite its small beginnings, as of the Spring 2018 semester, 22 internship opportunities are now available for students.
Through an HFS internship, students can work in various positions across campus including all units within Campus Dining, the Penn State Bakery, the BJC, and now Campus Catering.
While the internship is a three-credit course for hospitality majors, time spent on the job also counts towards the 1000 hours of work experience each student must complete prior to earning a diploma.
Those interested in an internship can found out more by visiting http://hhd.psu.edu/shm/undergraduate/internships