In my past three months interning at the Chevy Chase Club, I have learned an incredible amount from working with everyone at the club. Through this internship, I’ve learned everything from nightly reports to how to mow a green. I had the opportunity this summer to do rotations through any and all parts of the club. I chose to do rotations in Golf Maintenance, Golf Shop, Beverage, Banquettes, Housekeeping, Catering, Storeroom, and spend a day shadowing the General Manager and the Clubhouse Manager. By doing these rotations I was able to see how the club is run in each department and what the common problems each department has to handle.
In addition to doing these rotations I was put in charge of planning and executing the annual employee picnic as part of my intern project. This was an incredible experience and I was able to learn how to plan and manage more effectively. This year, I chose to do a nautical themed picnic. Through much planning and constant weather checking, the picnic went off without a hitch and with only a few raindrops. This was a great moment for me to see what all the planning led up to, and to see all the employees enjoying themselves.
Overall these past three months have taught me more about managing and leading than any of my past internships. Coming from the working in the kitchen for the past four years, it was great to see and experience how the front of house is run. Now that I have seen both sides of the restaurant, I am happy that I have made the decision to move from the back of house to the front of house. I look forward to my final year at Johnson & Wales University, with one more internship ahead of me, then off into the real world. I can only hope that I get as much out of my future internships as I got out of this one.