The Power of Internships
Here at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (ENPHG), we have a very robust summer internship program that we call our Management Residency Program, and we’re busy recruiting up and coming stars to become our newest interns. These interns have 10 weeks to be certified in various restaurant departments, handle cash, and complete product ordering, among many other things. They also get the opportunity to manage an entire shift, sometimes, by themselves. Throughout the summer, each intern also works on a specific sales-building project that they will present to our Senior Staff at the end of the 10-week program. After the presentation, we all go out to have a great dinner at Six Penn Kitchen to celebrate the completion of the internship program. You can’t beat that for an internship. Oh! I almost forgot to mention… our interns get PAID to LEARN all of these great things!
All this planning for our summer internship got me thinking about the power of internships. Do as many internships as you can. But don’t go overboard. Make sure you seek internships that are aligned with your long term career goals.
- Give you a great idea of what it is like to work in your chosen field’s work environment. Don’t wait until you are done with school, built up a lot of debt in school loans, and then decide you hate your chosen field. Either you will need to go back to school and create even more debt OR you will have to just suck it up and work somewhere that you don’t enjoy.
- You will build your network. Get to know the folks you work with during your internship(s). You will never know when those individuals can support your job hunt. Just don’t forget to support those folks when you can.
- Build your resume. Internships offer you valuable resume building experiences. It doesn’t really matter how you get experiences. You can gain experience by working, volunteering or by completing internships. It’s all still real live experience.
So, what are you waiting for? The best internships are filled quickly, so get your resume out there ASAP so that you can find an internship that’s perfect for you!