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The Student Experience Summer internships: E very summer, Hotelies continue their journey to the top of the hospitali- ty industry through real-world intern- ships. From New York City to the Bahamas to Hong Kong, students tested their leadership skills this summer in the food and beverage, real estate, and hotel operations industries. A com- bination of Cornell credentials, connec- tions, talent, and determination keep Hotelies ahead of the game. Bridget Cohn '13 knew exactly where she wanted to work and set out to create her own internship. When George Markantonis, president and managing director of Atlantis Bahamas, appeared by Andrea Ellickson Opportunity 101 with Sol Kerzner, the founder, chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in fall 2010, she made sure to introduce herself to him. "After meeting him at the DDLS, I emailed George con- stantly," Cohn said. "I knew I wanted to work with Atlantis LIVE. It's a unique program that brings together music and hotels, one of the only resorts that do this." A month later, the phone rang with Markantonis on the line. After interviewing and securing a work permit, Cohn flew to the Atlantis Bahamas to work on events featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Miss Teen USA, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derullo, and Jimmy Fallon. Her advice to others with an ideal internship in mind comes straight out of the Hotelie playbook: "Put your- self out there and pursue your dream," she said. "Don't be afraid to take advan- tage of the alumni directory and the DDLS. This was just the beginning!" According to the "2010 Summer Work Experience Report," a survey of 469 SHA undergraduate students, 70 percent of those summer jobs were found through networking connections. "The economic crisis has increased the importance of networking to find jobs," said Molly deRoos, director of career management. "Students need to take a multi- pronged approach to find the intern- ships they want." Jennifer Davis '12 made different use of her Cornell connections. Faced with the intense competition of investment bank- ing in New York City, the first thing she did was ask for advice from someone who had been there. "An experienced upperclassman Twelve Hotelies currently work full-time in Avero's New York office. Included in this photo with interns Matthew Green '12 and Lindsey Brous '12 are, from left: (front) Katherine Kies '11, Cathy Popp '10, and Zoe Hartman '07, and (back) Lucas Jones '11, Robert Nieporent '09, Christopher Ager '09, and Gregory Peppel '07. Hotelie 41 Lindseybelle Photography

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