Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

The recruiting team at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (ENPHG) is now fully engaged with recruiting restaurant management interns for our summer program. We have a very robust internship program. The interns have 10 weeks to be certified in departments, handle cash, complete product ordering and they get a chance to direct the entire team. They get the opportunity to manage an entire shift, sometimes, by themselves. At the end of the 10 weeks the interns present their projects to senior management in the Leadership Center of our corporate office. After the presentation we all go out to have a great dinner at Six Penn Kitchen. You can’t beat that for an internship.

Well all this planning for our summer internship go me think about the power of internships. If it is possible, do as many internships that you can. But don’t go over board. Make sure the are aligned with your long term career goals and they make sense.

Internships can:

Give you a great idea what it is like to work 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 debit or you have to just suck it up and be someone where your 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  folks can support your job hunt. Just don’t forget to support those folks when you can.
  • Build your resume. Internships offer your value 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.

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