I was selected to complete an internship while I am abroad which meant that along with taking 16 hours worth of classes I will be working an extra 15 hours. What do I always get myself into? I was completely terrified to walk into this huge hotel and find my new place under their roof.
I actually ended up in the basement of this glorious hotel, but it is a lot less intimidating down there and I do not have to deal with patrons staying at the hotel.
When I got there Monday I was issued a gold blouse and a black and gold scarf. I pretty much look like the girls on Pitch Perfect, but hey I think I can rock the look. They also showed me my desk which was completely bare except the dreaded stack of papers that every new employee is expected to read. I spent the first 2 hours of my internship reviewing company policy. Then I got my first task…filing! Now filing is something I am very familiar with, and it is definitely not out of my comfort zone or at least I thought it wasn’t. I would have been wrong about that because their filing system is a little different from what I am used. They file according to departments so my desk was covered in different piles of paper according to department. After filing I got lunch and guess what?! It was free and it was delicious! I think the deliciousness helped because I knew it was free. One of the perks to working in a hotel I guess. I just made some spreadsheets the rest of the day. I had to work 9 to 5:30, and I sure was tired when I got back.
I also worked Tuesday and Wednesday for about three to four hours each, but luckily due to a schedule change I can work all day Monday and Thursday and not have to work two hours in day just to my fifteen hours of work in each week.
On Tuesday since the computers were not really working I got to talk to my supervisor Sylvie. It is very interesting talking to her and explaining some of the things we do differently in the states. I have to remember that for them college=high school and university=college. I made adjustments to a Powerpoint and made some official letters. Not too much going on really since I did not really have enough time to start larger tasks.
On Wednesday Sylvie was not there so it was just me and Marie Ange who is Sylvie’s supervisor. Marie Ange is very cool also. I did not really do much because I was there for such a short time, but I made some more letters and updated their calendar for them.
The first week is out of the way and now I have a set schedule, so I am looking forward to starting this new adventure with them.