Monday, August 23, 2010

Intern Models are Coming to IACC!

The Emerging Trends Committee is currently developing two internship models for IACC properties to utilize:  a rotational internship model and a departmental internship model.  In the former, the goal is for the intern to intensive management experience in various conference center departments (F&B, Sales & Marketing, Reservations, Accounting, Conference Services, and more) by spending anywhere from one to three weeks per department.  The latter model is designed for properties that would rather have an intern focus on a specific area and then receive a broader knowledge base regarding other departments.  The models will provide goal tasks that the intern should experience and also list ideas for internship projects, which many college students must complete in order to receive credit for their internship.

These models will not only help IACC properties make themselves more marketable to college hospitality and management students, but will also raise awareness of IACC within the univeristy system.  A key concept in both of these models is to teach the interns what the IACC difference is and how it does make a difference in the effectiveness of groups' meetings. 

In case you are on the fence about whether an intern program at your property is a smart move, here's an article that lists 10 benefits of bringing on interns.  And while most internships take place during the summer, there are many universities that give students the chance to take a full fall or spring semester off to intern.  There are many options out there to make internships work at your property.

Keep checking back for more updates on the models!  The next Emerging Trends call will take place on August 31st.

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