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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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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!

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Instant Gratification

HydraFacial delivers results on first treatment

By Cymbre Foster

When Spa Grand Traverse cosmetologist Sandra Umstead received her first HydraFacial, the results were so amazing that she knew it was something she wanted her clients to experience as well.  
HydraFacial is a patented technology that marries a deeply cleansing facial treatment with relaxation.
“After just one visit, this medical-grade procedure leaves the skin with improved clarity, texture, and tone,” Umstead says.
I admit I needed convincing that it could be that good when I arrived at the spa for my first HydraFacial. Truth be told, I’d rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than skin care, and I didn’t think she would be able to do that much with my neglected, sun-damaged, slightly saggy, middle-aged skin.
Was I ever wrong.

Instant Results
A HydraFacial is a three-part treatment that begins with cleansing that removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to break up any dirt and oil that's clogging pores. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to painlessly suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
“No more manual extractions that may leave the skin blotchy and inflamed,” Umstead says. “The powerful serums break it all down, allowing the vacuum to pull it all up.”  
The best part is that after just one HydraFacial, you will see immediate results. I certainly did.
“This treatment satisfies our need for instant gratification, so clients can’t wait for the next treatment,” Umstead says.
Corrine Olson is one of those clients.
“My favorite facial at the spa is the HydraFacial,” she says. “It’s the first time I can say that I noticed results.”
Each treatment starts with before and after photos.
“We have the ability to compare them side by side after your treatment,” Umstead explains. “This allows us to better track your progress every time you come in.”
For many clients, seeing those results is motivation not just to come back, but also to continue better skin-care regimens at home.
Umstead pulled up my pictures, and, to my surprise, I had fewer lines on my face and my skin was truly hydrated — literally glowing, in fact.

Part of a Skin-Care Routine
Since Umstead has consistently treated herself to HydraFacials, she no longer needs to wear makeup. Her skin did look flawless.
For long-term benefits and correction purposes, Umstead recommends treatments every six weeks. For maintenance, she suggests having one each season.
“This treatment is fairly active, and I like to think of it as waking up the skin,” she says.
“It’s invigorating and satisfying in many ways, which keeps clients coming back for more.”
When a friend commented on how nice my skin looked the day after my HydraFacial, I had to agree.
“You will leave with your skin glowing, looking healthy, hydrated, and with overall better skin tone,” Olson says. “I plan on keeping this as part of my skin-care routine.”

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