By Megan Selfridge
The Hannifan Center for Career Connections aims to provide each student with an internship they love. Knowing that some Lynn students may be curious about the ins and outs of interning, they have reached out to students that have recently completed internships.
They have conducted interviews in order to provide curious students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the benefits of interning, what it is like to be an intern and why they should intern.
Approaching his senior year, Jonathan Wiener knew that interning would be crucial to gain experience and confidence for his future. A Hospitality Management major here at Lynn, Wiener recently interned with the Wyndham Hotel in Boca. During his time there, Weiner created and implemented a promotion,“Go Suite,” which sold more than 800 rooms.
What was your favorite part of your internship?
“Getting to know the employees of the Wyndham Hotel was the best part of the internship. Everyone was so helpful and made me feel like I was part of the team. Additionally, I loved learning the various roles and taking away different information at each post to ensure our guests had a great stay.”
What was the biggest lesson you learned?
“The biggest lesson I learned is that being a part of a team is very important. One person cannot accomplish all the goals in the hotel. It takes a group to make the guests feel like they’re at home. Whether it’s at the front desk, sales office or in housekeeping. For example, when a guest was checking out, I was prepared to bring their luggage down for them. The overall goal of the hotel is to work together as a team to make the guests as comfortable as possible so they want to come back again.”
How has the internship better prepared you for pursuing your career?
“This internship has prepared me to pursue a career in the hospitality industry because I got firsthand experience at the Wyndham as well as doing numerous jobs while I was there. Checking people into the hotel, being on the sales teams conference calls and cleaning the sheets in housekeeping are all tasks that I’m grateful to have experienced. It’s important to know all of the different roles that make the hotel run, and has given me a chance to learn them.”
What advice would you give other students?
“My advice to all the students at Lynn is to ask questions and always be willing to offer help at your internship. Being an intern is being a different type of student. You learn different things out in the field rather than in a class. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and I am thankful to everyone at the Wyndham Hotel for teaching me and encouraging my career in hospitality.