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Intern Profiles

Michigan State University Broad College of Business students travel the world every year on internships. They gain valuable work experience and get an opportunity to make connections that can last a lifetime. For a snapshot of where some of our interns landed this summer and to gain insight into what they learned from the experience, see the interactive page below.

Kayla Nguyen
BA, Supply Chain Management
Cisco Systems - San Jose, CA

“The networking never ends! There is always someone new to talk to, something different ask, and new insights to gain. I've learned not to be afraid to reach out to new people in different areas of the business. ”

Blaise Johnson
BA, Hospitality Business
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview - Newport Beach, CA

“I have learned many things, but most importantly that in the hotel industry you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions but you also have to feel empowered to make your own decisions when someone isn't around to help.”

Jessica Langeneker
BA, Hospitality Business
Four Seasons Resort and Residences - Jackson Hole, WY

“My internship has been filled with nonstop exciting and unique experiences! What I have loved most about being located in such a remote area such as Jackson Hole, has been the opportunity to meet guests from all over the world. From owners at the Four Seasons in Abu Dhabi, to the CEOs of major advertising companies, the individuals that I have came across have had such intriguing stories! ”

Cameron Kish
Ernst & Young - Detroit, MI and Auckland, New Zealand

“I started off as an assurance intern in the Detroit office working on clients in the auto industry. After that, I spent the final month of my internship in the Auckland, New Zealand office, where I spent my time on the transaction advisory team working on confidential mergers and acquisitions. It was amazing to see two completely different service lines in two different countries!”

Bryan Zhao
BA, Accounting and Hospitality Business
Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL

“My favorite experience at Disney was working with different interns with highly diverse backgrounds, and creating unforgettable experience for the guests in the happiest place on earth. Not only have I enhanced my relationship building skills, but I have also gained deeper appreciation of Disney’s storytelling culture. ”

May Liang
BA, Hospitality Business
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center - East Lansing, MI

“My favorite part is working on campus but still meeting guests who are from different places. What I learned from my internship is to always be prepared and professional.”

Alex Stone
BA, Hospitality Business
Glacier Park Lodge - East Glacier, MT

“This summer my internship has taught me how to lead by example, using hard work with positive encouragement and effective communication to accomplish daily tasks and goals.”

Christine Scheffler
BA, Hospitality Business
Sonesta Resort - Hilton Head Island, SC

“My favorite experience has been meeting people from all over the world and being able to have a positive impact on their vacation. I also love all of the activities that Sonesta plans for their interns. We get to shadow managers on duty, visit comp set properties on the island, and attend meetings. ”

Julianna Andujo
BA, Hospitality Business
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Anaheim, CA

“One thing my internship has showed me is how right this industry is for me – I’m excited for my future career in the hospitality industry. This internship has only confirmed for me that my passion is aiding others and I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity to make others happy.”

James Koenig
BA, Hospitality Business
The Lowell Hotel - New York City, NY

“The most valuable experience I’ve had so far would have to be being able to be a part of and contribute to a meeting about implementing a social network called 'Workplace' within the hotel. We are the first hotel in the U.S to use this training platform and it was awesome to be able to give my input to all managers at the property and executives from Workplace. ”

Madison Skornicka
BA, Hospitality Business
E. & J. Gallo Winery - Chicago, IL

“I have learned what it truly means to be a part of a good company culture. Every employee I have met upholds the company values of integrity, respect, humility, innovation, commitment, and teamwork. Each day I am able to see this in action and work to become my better self. ”

Donyea Freeman
BA, Accounting
Dow Chemical Company - Midland, MI

“For this 12-week internship I was assigned to the Robotic Process Automation team within the finance department. Here I planned, developed, tested, and implemented a robotic process automation related to running month end reports. I was also able to helped increase the efficiency of a process in place by standardizing the format of the input data. ”

Sarah Darling
BA, Marketing
Meijer - Grand Rapids, MI

“My favorite experience at Meijer was working with Meijer’s Senior VP of Merchandising and Marketing to produce a training video. It was a unique opportunity to work directly with senior management to complete my project! ”

Byrdie Thagard
BA, Hospitality Business
Aspen Meadows Resort - Aspen, CO

“In my position I have put on large scale events working with people like the Secretary of Homeland Security. I have set up numerous buffets, I have bartended, and I have worked in our onsite fine dining restaurant. These experiences have not only re-instilled everything I've learned in the classroom but have taught more management and leadership skills than I would thought possible in such a short time. ”

Sarah Koch
BA, Finance
Ford Motor Company - Dearborn, MI

“I built relationships and networked with employees of all levels. You can learn so much from hearing about others' career paths and experiences. My role was in Purchasing Finance, where I created a more efficient Annual Cost Process by working cross-functionally with buyers and cost estimators. It's important to understand how all departments of a company impact each other in some way.”

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