Hey everybody! Thanks for opening my blog! Today I am going to give you a little background on myself and how I obtained my internship for the summer with Marriott International.
First, I want to start by saying finding an internship can be HARD. It is not a simple, straightforward process with an offer on the first try. Although you may see everyone on LinkedIn accepting offers, keep in mind there were probably countless rejections leading up to the accepted offer. Do not compare your journey to others’ because usually only the highlights are shown on social media. That may sound like something you already consider but I cannot stress that enough throughout the job search process since it is a common dilemma for students, myself included.
The second thing I want to emphasize is how lucky OSU students are. Really. With one of the largest alumni networks in the world and the Office of Career Management (OCM; un-shameless plug), you have SO many resources at your disposal. USE THEM. You never know where it will take you. The OCM has so many tips for interviewing, resumes, you name it, and the staff is very friendly. Best of all, these resources are essentially free. Allocating them might be that extra thing that gives you a competitive edge. These resources were certainly helpful for me during the internship search process and I hope they will be for you too.
For those who may not know, I will be entering my senior year in the fall with a specialization in Marketing and a dual minor in International Business and Spanish for Business. This stems from my diverse family background, which finds its roots in Egypt. Having the opportunity to travel to visit relatives made me very interested in culture and adapting this to my career. I also loved the arts growing up and got my start in marketing at 7 years old by designing the logo for my dad’s campaign to be on city council. With this in mind, I wanted to tailor my passions for culture and creativity to my career. My end goal is to work abroad on an expat assignment using what I have learned in college for a career in global marketing. I have been fortunate enough to have participated in the Summer Global Internship Program offered by Fisher. Through this, I had the opportunity to intern for CBRE in Madrid, Spain last summer. This was an amazing opportunity that gave me so many unforgettable memories. I highly recommend pursuing something like this even if you are only a little interested. How many people can say they worked in another country as an undergraduate?!
My interest in travel, adventure, culture, and language was what brought me to the hospitality field. That and who doesn’t want to work where people pay to vacation;). In order to fund my Spain experience and to dip my toes into this field, I started working at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (one of Marriott’s many brands) near campus as a Front Desk Agent. This position was really demanding and taught me how to work effectively with those from other cultures, balance an almost full-time job with a full class schedule, teamwork in a busy environment, and ultimately, that I love the rush and connections to people I have made in this industry. Even as a Front Desk Agent I had many benefits, the best, of course, being significant hotel discounts.
Once I began to search for internships, I started to recall how much I loved working at the Fairfield and decided to pursue it. Since Marriott is in the hospitality industry, the recruiting primarily occurs in the hospitality school at OSU. Due to this, I had to do some research and connecting on my own. It seemed very daunting at first but eventually things started to fall together. Just by simply looking up their website, I was able to find the recruiter’s contact information and reached out to her to introduce myself. After my initial email, she responded soon after. She offered to call me to talk more about the opportunity-just from me reaching out! When we spoke, she told me the dates she was coming to campus and that the Sales Internships were more competitive since there are not many of them. After that, I thanked her for her time and periodically kept in touch with her until her visit to campus several months later. When I attended her event on campus, she remembered exactly who I was! Later that week, on-campus interviews were conducted and eventually I was offered the position.
I honestly think I was able to obtain this opportunity because I reached out and stayed connected. This showed my deep interest in the position. My prior experience in the field helped too, but this just goes to show the power of taking initiative. The biggest lesson I got from this is that it doesn’t hurt to ask/reach out- what a difference it makes! You just never know what will happen!
Thanks again for choosing to read my article of all the millions of things online you could have spent the last five minutes reading. My next article will be about what it is like to work in the sales office side of hospitality (there are even chickens involved!). Attached below are some links to a few of the resources I mentioned in this article. Thanks for joining and BE GREAT!
- OCM (to make an appointment use handshake): https://fisher.osu.edu/careers-recruiting/students/undergraduate-students
- Summer Global Internship Program: https://fisher.osu.edu/global-opportunities/undergraduate/global-internships/summer-global-internships
- Marriott internships: https://university.marriott.com/internships/
- I would love to chat if you have any other questions! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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