by Rebecca Teichmann
If you ask the typical Pacific student how important a summer internship can be for their long term career goals, they will likely say “extremely important”. If you ask Sydnee Vieira, however, she will tell you that summer internships are more than a series of bullet points on your resume, they can also be very fun!
This past summer Sydnee interned with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a division of MGM Resorts International. And, what happened in Vegas did not “stay in Vegas”: she told me all about her experience in the MGM Hospitality Internship Program.
Participants in the program, affectionately called “HIPsters,” go through a variety of employee training programs, including leadership and diversity training. HIPsters are given the opportunity to visit a different MGM property each week to see the competitive advantage each property has to offer.
Throughout the summer long internship, Sydnee was able to shadow managerial trainings in customer service and logistics, as well as help write employee policies and procedures. Sounds glamorous, right? Even if standard operating procedures aren’t your ideal cup of tea, imagine living at the Circus Circus Hotel for the summer while working with an international resort conglomerate. Given the alternatives, that’s pretty glamorous!
Sydnee initially found the internship listing on Tiger Jobs. The application process was a bit lengthy, but well worth the multistep process. She is currently a Campus Recruiter encouraging fellow Pacific students to apply for the HIP program. Following graduation, Sydnee hopes to continue working with MGM Resorts International in their Management Associate Program, a 1 year accelerated development program that offers the potential to secure a future supervisory role with the company.