Intern Spotlight Archive: Kelly
What is/was your major/year in school?
I just finished my Sophomore year. I am now going into my Junior year in the Fall 2011 semester. My major is International Business Management with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I am minoring in Latin American Studies.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
From the Fall 2010 to Spring 2011 semesters I was a Resident Assistant and the Townhouses on the Pace Pleasantville campus. During Summer Sessions One and Two in 2011, I was a Resident Assistant on the Pace White Plains campus in Dannat Hall. During that time, I also interned for Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit cultural services organization that directs and produces Annual Youth Assemblies that are held annually at the United Nations in New York City. My title was 9th Annual Youth Assembly Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator. For the Fall 2011 to Spring 2012 semesters I will be a Resident Assistant in Martin Hall on the Pace Pleasantville Campus. I am currently the Vice President of Administration for Lubin Business Association on the Pace Pleasantville Campus and a member of the Honors College.
What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
From June to mid-August 2011 I interned for Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit cultural services organization that directs and produces Annual Youth Assemblies that are held annually at the United Nations in New York City. My title was 9th Annual Youth Assembly Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator. The Youth Assembly included a pre-Youth Assembly and post-Youth Assembly for delegates who wished to obtain that package. With all pre-, Youth Assembly, and post- included, the event, as a whole, lasted for approximately two weeks.
My responsibilities included, but were not limited to, securing venues for our events of Campaign Night, Culture Night (which consisted of cultural performances that were held on a boat, named Harbor Lights, and cruised around The Statue of Liberty at sunset), Farewell Networking Dinner, and Park Networking Event, organizing the accommodations and transportation arrangements for over 600 international youth delegates (which included flight bookings), planning and executing the catering arrangements for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for each day, registering delegates for volunteer service opportunities with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, securing placements for museum visits for the delegates which included The Museum of Natural History and The Neuberger Museum, and handling the logistics of all stated. During the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as Moderator on the panel for The Special Screening Event of award-winning film producer Pamela Hogan's "Women, War, and Peace" and "Time for School 3".
How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
I visited Career Services during the Spring 2011 semester. I met with Ms. Ivy Aviles-Rivera and we immediately began discussing my desires that pertained to obtaining an internship. She discussed with me my options, as well as the pros and cons to each. She had faith in me in the endeavors that I wished to pursue. She assisted me with revising and updating my resume, and she gave me helpful information concerning interview dress and etiquette. As soon as she received information about Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.'s need for a Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator, she forwarded me the email and I sent in my resume and set up an interview right away!
What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
Pace University is truly the land of opportunities. Opportunitas, right? Obtaining an internship or full-time career may seem daunting, but with all the assistance and motivation that Career Services provides you with, it isn't so scary! Pace University is a relatively small campus. Knowing everyone around you is a good thing. Network, network, network! It pays to know people; but in order to know, you first have to meet! Pace gives every student the opportunity to get involved with clubs, organizations, athletics, and other university departments.
What are your plans for the future?
After interning for a not-for-profit organization, I have become more aware of the person that I desire to be in the future. There is great importance in standing behind what you believe in, as well as also making attempts to understand where others are coming from, even if you don't accept their views. I greatly enjoyed the logistics of being Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator. I enjoyed working long days and nights knowing that all my painstaking work would pay off and come together with the efforts of the rest of my team to produce such a magnificent event. In the future, I hope to experience more opportunities that are similar to those that Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. provided me with. I am dreaming to see and explore the world by traveling. If my career path could incorporate all of these things, I would be one extremely fortunate Pace graduate.