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One Students Journey to the Marriott Voyage - Global Leadership Development Program

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Christen Keldo '18

New Britain, Connecticut

 

MAJOR

Culinary Arts & Food Service Management

Minor: Sommelier

 

 


Christen's Path

Internship

Christen began his path toward Marriott with a sophomore year internship at DeWolfe Tavern. While there he worked various stations including Garde' Manger, Pastry, Saute' Grill, and his favorite the charcoal heated tandoori oven. The contemporary Indian focused cuisine helped drive his curiosity and stretch and strengthen his skills bringing him out of his comfort zone.

He also gained valuable skills in communication and time management, was allowed to try new ideas and learn from them even when they weren't successful.  Christen's advice to students is to strive for consistency. 

 

Additional Work Experience

Following internship, Christen returned to his studies at JWU and began working at the Duck & Bunny where he was promoted to assistant kitchen manager under the leadership of Erik Anderson. 

" My internship dramatically influenced me in having the ability to train and work as an assistant kitchen manager and to pursue the Marriott Voyage program. "

When reaching out for permission, Duck & Bunny owner Daniel Becker stated that they are sorry to be losing CK, but are very proud and excited as he takes his next steps on his journey.

 

Applying to the Marriott Voyage Program

Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS) let Christen know about the opportunity to apply for the Marriott Voyage Program. He prepared with a career advisor practicing through mock interviews and understanding the interview process which included an assessment. Once chosen as a final candidate, he even consulted with family and friends in choosing just the right suit and business cards. His final interview consisted of a mystery basket. He worked calmly and with a clear mind as he competed for a job offer with Marriott. He got the offer! After accepting Marriott's offer, Christen returned to EE&CS to share the good news:

"My entire college experience at JWU including my internship and additional work experience helped to shape my journey and success to this point and I can't wait to utilize these skills in my future with Marriott!" 

Utilize Career Services. The mock interview was very important to instilling confidence. They put me in touch with other JWU Voyage graduates and were available to answer my questions throughout the process. I hope more students realize how helpful EE&CS is after reading this. “

Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships to learn more about employers coming on-campus to recruit, the internship process, and the career advising available to assist you on your path to success.