"If this is where I can start, it just makes me more excited for where I can be in the future," says JWU intern Addy. At One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa (where celebrity guests like Dwayne Wade, Pamela Anderson and Gabrielle Union require top service) she's launching a hotel career she never even dreamed of.
"I couldn't have asked for a better place to work." Which is a good
thing, Addy points out, because she's at the hotel a lot. "I'm here 6 days a week! Not only am I still doing my internship
in human resources, but I still work at the front desk."
Resort Comes to JWU"The hotel's HR department came to one of my classes, and I loved the way she made the hotel sound. So I asked if I could hand in my resume, and I applied for a hostess position."
"But they must have liked something about me, and they put me at the front desk. I'm really glad. It's let me learn about the hospitality industry a lot more than a hostess position would."Faculty Mentor"I think what prepared me for this internship was hearing my professors' stories, what their first times were like in the industry," Addy says.
"Chef Connors is my contact while I'm here on my internship. I have his phone number; I text him all the time, telling him all the cool new things I'm doing, all the stuff I'm learning."
"At some point, they stop becoming your professor — and become your mentor."
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