real world experience, in addition to the formation of industry connections that in some cases can lead to full-time employment post-graduation. Internships vary in length from 12 to 16 weeks, though some colleges mandate completion of internships lasting over 12 months. The choice of an internship site should be based to some extent on what part of the industry a student wishes to work. It would seem arbitrary to spend time training in hotels when corporate cruise lines are a student’s primary employment choice.That being said, for students with limited or no industry experience any good quality internship site will provide a positive boast to a résumé. From a college’s perspective their job is to secure an internship site for the student, this doesn’t always mean it’s the best ﬁt. Student’s should be proactive and seek out potential internship sites that ultimately beneﬁt their career goals.Yes this involves extra work, but the rewards can be life changing. It is worth noting that some companies might not qualify as an internship site due to regional accreditation mandates. A caveat to bear in mind when considering admission into a postsecondary institution is whether or not a degree or certiﬁcation is actually required for that position. Many entrance or line positions into the hospitality industry do not require a postsecondary credential. Also, it is not unusual nowadays to ﬁnd companies that are willing to provide in-house training, particularly prevalent in large chain and corporate entities. This is not to devalue the worth of a postsecondary qualiﬁcation. Contemporary ﬁndings do support the overall beneﬁts of earning a degree; however, students should determine if college is the right decision based on their overall career goals. Today there are literally hundreds of colleges offering culinary and hospitality credentials, making the ﬁnal decision a difﬁcult one. Should a student complete an associate’s or bachelor’s degree? Should they try and save money by entering a community college and transferring to a public fouryear university to complete their bachelor’s degree? Whatever a student chooses it should be based on professional objectives and ﬁscal means. The hospitality industry is not an easy profession, often employees and managers are required to work long hours with nominal pecuniary remuneration. In order to determine if the industry is a good ﬁt I would recommend that high school students get involved early. For example ProStart is a program offered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF).The program awards students a certiﬁcate upon successful completion of two exams and 400 mentored hours.Typically these requirements are completed during school hours through exposure in culinary classes. The NRAEF also offers college scholarship opportunities for students who complete the program and transferable college credits to those institutions that accept them. If a high school culinary program is not available, then students should look for local volunteer opportunities.These can provide both culinary experience and a positive addition to a student’s college application. Paul Devries is Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte. www.seenmagazine.us
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Together We Can Make a Difference in a Student’s Life You’ve laid the foundation for your students road to success, now it’s time for us to lend a hand. Johnson & Wales University is dedicated to preparing students for personal and professional success after graduating college. JWU combines a traditional university education with a solid practical experience which empowers students to succeed in today’s dynamic world. JWU oﬀers degree programs in business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology and education Johnson & Wales truly makes a diﬀerence in students lives thorough its unique education model, which includes: t Hands-on learning t Faculty with industry experience t Co-op and internship opportunities t Industry partnerships For more information visit www.jwu.edu/apply
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SouthEast Education Network FALL 2013
Southeast Education Network issue 15.2