Business Internships @ PCCC
The Inaugural Business Internship
Also pictured are: (Front, l to r) Dr. Tom Cox
“Internships are a valuable asset for students in today’s economy,” says Dr. Tom Cox, chair of the Business Administration Department and the driving force behind PCCC’s two-year old Hospitality Management internship program with Marriott Hotels that has already led to employment for several students and will be expanded this summer to include Hilton Hotels.
“We are excited about partnering with two of the most prominent hotel chains in the U.S.,” said Dr. Cox.
The internship program began two years ago when Dr. Cox felt that it would enhance the value of the Associate in Science in Business Administration/Hospitality Management degree program. He and Professor James Allen, an instructor for hospitality courses, developed a plan and brought it to the general managers of local Marriott and Hilton hotels.
“Both were interested,” said Dr. Cox. A pilot program ran at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott the first year and was successful. Since then, completing an internship has become a requirement for the Hospitality Management degree at PCCC.
Last November, Karen Radziewicz and Charina Bayona were honored in a certificate ceremony at PCCC for being the first hospitality majors to complete their internships at the Marriott, since the program became a degree requirement.
As a result of that internship, Karen was hired for a full time job at the Newark Marriott where she is entering the management training program this month. “It was a great experience,” said Karen, who graduated last December. (Read more about Karen)
“ It has been a win/win,” said John Magnifico, general manager of the Newark airport Marriott.
“All the students who have gone through the program have done an outstanding job for us, have enjoyed the experience and learned not just about our industry but about the basics such as professionalism, time management, organization skills and team work. These skills can apply to just about any field.”
The Hospitality Management internship is a 135-hour program that runs in the summers and gives students the opportunity to work hands on in various areas of the hotel, such as food and beverage , reservations, or the front desk.
“Graduates with an internship on their resume have a much better chance at securing a full-time position,” said Dr. Cox. “A proven internship with the Marriott or Hilton is, without a doubt, a resume builder.”