One of my main goals for this internship is not only to engage with the alumni, but to generate skills on how to start and maintain a professional conversation. Prior to this experience, I learned strategies of how to become a more effective listener. One of these strategies is the R.A.S.A technique which stands for: Receive, Appreciate, Summarize, and Ask. When preparing my questions for the alumni networking, I made it a goal of mine to also implement spontaneous follow up questions to make the conversation flow better. In addition, I hope to gain valuable insight on different career paths and the steps taken these alumni have taken to the industry, especially since these alumni graduated from LSA.
My second goal for this internship experience is to gain insight into the hospitality industry. Specifically, I would like to learn more about the operations side. Two years ago, I attended a Kanye West concert in Detroit. I was fascinated by the display and how the venue was utilized. From the production, you couldn’t even tell that venue was built for NHL games. This event inspired me to pursue not only hospitality but sports and entertainment as well. I want to learn more about the logistics of creating an event that will leave concert-goers with a memorable experience to share with the friends and family. I plan on working closely with the Levy Restaurant employees to learn skills and gain insight into the operations of creating and managing large venues.