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Our Intern Program

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa strives to create an internship program like no other. During this paid internship, you can expect to work hard, but play hard as well. Throughout the summer, you will take part in group projects, planning of staff events, and bi-weekly luncheons where you are able to connect with members of our executive team. Our internship program serves as a great networking opportunity, while also allowing you to gain an immense amount of experience within the world of hospitality.

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intern perks

Mentorship & Networking

Resort Discounts

Health Club Access

What our interns have to say

how it works

Once you have been accepted into the Internship Program, you will receive a welcome gift to help prepare you for the fun-filled and challenging experience that a Grand Traverse Resort and Spa internship offers! When you arrive to beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, you will quickly see why we are a top tourist location in Michigan. You will have time to explore an abundance of beaches, trails, wineries, breweries, and much more! Grand Traverse Resort and Spa works hard to create a program that is more than just a summer job. Throughout our program, you are able to get your feet wet in a couple different areas of the hospitality industry.

We'll start your summer off right with a New Hire Celebration designed to introduce you to your fellow interns and company culture and traditions. Afterward, our interns will take part in an outing where they’ll get a chance to meet with Resort leadership. These mentor opportunities will continue throughout the internship program, as we will occasionally have members of our Executive Team speak with our intern class during our intern luncheons. Once the internship kicks off, you will be introduced to your first team project. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has teamed up with Cesim: Business Simulation Games to give you and your team the chance to operate your very own resort & restaurant property. This project gives students more insight into how and why decisions are made, as well as how they affect the bigger picture. The Cesim simulation will run the course of six weeks and will consist of weekly meetings where you will get to see how your property compares with the properties of other intern teams! Week 6 will tell us who's team will earn bragging rights for the remainder of the summer program!

After wrapping up the simulation portion of the program, we will move into the next stage of the internship – Event Planning. This project can be done independently or in groups. For this project, interns are expected to plan, market, and execute an event of their choosing! Employees at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are welcome to join several different employee committees - Employee Appreciation Committee, Wellness Committee, Green Committee, Impact Committee, and Safety Committee. Interns are more than welcome to team up with one of these committees to host an event or they can choose to create a new event on their own. As mentioned, interns are able to team up with each other for their event or complete this event portion individually.

Finally, we will wrap up the program with intern presentations and a graduation reception! This is your chance to show off what you've accomplished this summer, whether it's a deeper dive into one of the special events you helped plan, a critique of your department or training program, or just an overview of your experience. Just like the event portion of the program, this can be an independent or group presentation. Once we finish the presentations, we'll sit down to a graduation feast, present you with your certificate of completion, and send you off in style!

What our interns are saying

I have loved taking advantage of all the great opportunities the resort offers like golf, health club access, and much more.

Will Ciske

Food & Beverage Intern

If you are going to pursue an internship at GTRS, make sure that you set high expectations for yourself and your managers. The staff here really want to help you succeed, so make sure that you aren't afraid to ask questions or ask to learn new things.

Emma Franklin

"I Do" Shop Intern

The resort offers many opportunities to shadow different departments so even if the exact position you were hoping to get isn't available, I still recommend applying for a different position. The resort is also in a great location so after work and on days off there is always something fun you can do!

Symantha Clark

Retail Intern

My biggest takeaway is that teamwork is essential. A resort cannot run without all hands-on deck... I also learned that housekeeping is truly the backbone of GTRS.l

Riley Salowich

Housekeeping Intern

My biggest takeaway from my experience here at GTRS is just how much I have learned about enhancing the guest's experience. From making guests feel heard to perfecting even the smallest of details. Overall, I have gained confidence in my execution of enhancing the guest's experience.

Clare Sanshie

Health Club Intern

If you get the opportunity to work as an intern at GTRS, take it. There haven't been many places where I can say it was fun inside and outside of work. As far as advice, be ready to be pushed and remember to have fun.

Collin Brickner

Lobby Ambassador Intern

The atmosphere at the resort is very friendly and is like a family. If you work hard and put your best foot forward you will make lots of friends and memories!

Maegan Ford

Conference Services Intern

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