This week’s intern insight comes to us from Katie Beach (Business – Class of 2013) who is
currently completing an internship at the Masonic Villages.
This semester I was fortunate enough to earn an internship at Masonic Villages within the Irem Clubhouse in Dallas, PA. I will be graduating this May with a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Throughout college I have focused on hospitality management by working for different
organizations. By doing so, I built great networking through people I’ve met. Within that
network, I was able to connect with one of my colleague’s father, who is the executive director at Masonic Village. Through him I acquired a 300 hour internship for the spring semester.
The internship turned out to be everything I was looking for. It is a three level internship which means I work with front of the house, back of the house, and the event/sales department. Being so involved with hospitality, I did not know exactly what kinds of jobs to seek post graduation.
Within front of the house, I am able to see how the restaurant runs on a day to day basis. In back of the house, I am able to see how food and beverage ordering works. The events and sales department shows me more of a financial stand point of the organization, yet at the same time I see beautiful events planned from beginning to end.
The most interesting aspect for me so far is the approval of the liquor licensing within the restaurant and pub. There was a litigation going on for about a year up until the approval of
Masonic’s licensing this spring. This taught me a lot about the legal side of owning and
operating a business that involves alcohol. Along with that, I have implemented spreadsheets that compare business sales before the liquor license to now. The objectives I am learning day by day will carry on with me to life after college.
My advice to future students seeking an internship is finding something you love to do. This is a huge step in figuring out what you want your career to be. Through my internship, I built great references and friends at the same time.
Penn State is truly one of the best universities to attend. Adding a good work background and quality internship, you will set yourself up for a positive future.