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William Michelsen

Major: Hospitality Management



Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Iowa Events Center
Company/Organization website: https://www.iowaeventscenter.com
Title: Catering/Beverage Supervisor
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: September - November

Advisor/Coordinator Email: celbert@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I worked with our bartenders and bar staff as the Beverage Supervisor. I am cross-trained within the catering department and assit in: set up, table service and running dinner service. I have the opportunity to work side by side with managers, attending meetings and participate on conference calls.

I accomplished...
I now have a broader view and better respect for what it takes to thrive in the hospitality industry. I have become a better leader and mentor for our new employees.

I will never forget...
There have been so many memorable experiences its hard to name one. We have spent so much time and energy as a group to host some really terrific party's for our guest. Every day is a little different which really make our jobs a lot more satisfying rather than having repetitive work.

Advice for others...
This field takes time, energy and weekends. We work while others play, that is the most honest statement you will hear about industry. If you have the passion for this field it can be very fun and rewarding industry.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I was recruited by a friends mother to join their staff.

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