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How did you hear about an internship at Chartwells?

I learned about the internship at Chartwells via my school's career services. I received an email regarding an open position in the marketing department and was ecstatic to apply right away! I knew that I wanted to be part of a great company that was involved in the food industry. With my underlying passion for food, I applied and interviewed for the position after returning home from my previous marketing internship in Los Angeles. The following week I received a call to say that I got the job and thus started immediately before the 2017 Fall semester at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro!

Tell us about your experience

My experience as an intern with Chartwells has been nothing but great. They have provided the opportunities to learn and grow within their company. Chartwells has a plan for just about everything! They provide the resources and materials necessary to succeed in the internship program. During my experience, I have worked alongside numerous amount of people, with diverse backgrounds and expertise, each teaching me something new along the way.

One accomplishment during my internship that has made an impact has been redesigning the herb garden outside UNCG’s dining hall.  Working with the chefs and students on campus, we replanted herbs and flowers in the garden to better promote our sustainability efforts. The dining hall uses the herbs daily for meals and seasonal dishes. Students are able to walk by the garden and see first-hand where the herbs are being sourced from.

What is your advice for those who are looking for an internship? 

My advice for those who are interested in any type of internship is to get involved as early as possible. Take advantage of any opportunity that is thrown at you. Believe me when I say that the more skills and experience you have early on, the more you will stand out against other applicants for an open position. Working in an internship position allows you to expand your horizons to try new things that some jobs might not offer. An internship is a great way to begin the transition to a full-time job post-graduation.

Why did I choose to become an MIT?

I chose to become an MIT because of the countless opportunities and positions available with Chartwells. I knew before applying that I wanted to be surrounded by inspiring people who make coming to work fun.  Having a passion for food, I felt this was a step in the right direction. Chartwells provides all the necessary resources to set yourself up for success. One thing that I look forward to in the MIT program is being able to learn more about the company and what I plan to do after the program. By working alongside my colleagues in different departments, I plan to have a better understanding of which areas best suit my skill set and where I can truly make an impact.

Any last thoughts?

No matter what you plan to do in life, always strive to do your best! Take advantage of any opportunity and always go the extra mile.  The Chartwells internship program is a great way to set yourself up for success as they provide the necessary resources to do so. I hope that you make the most out of your experiences and always remember to work hard. Best of luck in your future endeavors!