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!