Jobs & Internships

One Student's Journey to the Marriott Voyage - Global Leadership Development Program

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Christen Keldo '18

New Britain, Connecticut



Culinary Arts & Food Service Management

Minor: Sommelier



Christen's Path


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.

Criminal Justice Internship Success Story

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Jerhamy Pow ’17

New Rochelle, NY



Criminal Justice



Nantucket Police Department

Company Profile


The members of the Nantucket Police Department, exist to serve all people within their jurisdiction with respect, fairness, and compassion. Committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.

Treat your internship as if it was your career job.

What did you do?

My duties as a Community Service Officer (CSO) for the Nantucket Police Department (NPD) consisted of working foot patrol in downtown Nantucket, assisting with parking and traffic enforcement, crowd control, security, and more. I also worked at the substation two days a week assisting the town by answering questions, retrieving lost items and bringing them to the main station, etc.

While working with the NPD, I learned many different hands-on techniques on how to deal with face-to face confrontations, security techniques, radio traffic skills, traffic and parking laws, Nantucket bylaws, and the overall experience of working within a police department. The industry skills that I have learned include dealing with radio communication with a lot going on at once and remembering that not everyone can speak at the same time, and understanding that management follows the NPD chain of command. I have gained so much experience it is hard to put it all in words.

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What did you learn?

This internship will help me after I graduate because now I have experience in my field and this is definitely what I want to do. This internship has inspired me to strive harder to get on a police department. I don’t believe my home state has this type of a program for internship so I will now be able to bring this experience home and speak about it in a wonderful way.

Advice for Others

Treat your internship as if it was your career job so that you can either show your passion for it or figure out if you need to readjust and find a new career path to take. You don’t want to wait until you graduate to find out that you are not going to love what you will be doing.

If you have an opportunity to take an internship do it! Anyone can study or remember a term for an exam, but actually doing the job could change everything. I was so caught up in my internship I forgot I was an intern. I felt like a real part of the department, which is how everyone’s overall experience should be.

Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships to learn more about the importance and how to apply for internship. This is a starting point. To learn more see an experiential education coordinator.

Video Production Intern Hired Upon Graduation

Emily Teter '16

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Spring Grove, PA



Graphic Design & Digital Media




Hired Upon Graduation

Company Profile


Figmints is a boutique full-service creative studio that churns out some of the most scrumptious branding and identity, interactive UI/UX, video story-telling, and marketing know-how this side of the Milky Way. Founded by Design Chef, James Kwon, Figmints has worked with several Fortune 500 companies such as CVS/Pharmacy, Constant Contact, U.S. Cellular, Burt’s Bees, and Aramark Food Service, while retaining its passion in serving the non-profit and small business sectors nationwide.

What did you do?

Originally, I was hired as a Video Production Intern but I’ve done so much more than could fit under that umbrella. For the first few weeks at Figmints I spent most of my time: helping film videos around the office; filming interviews; learning to use professional mic, lighting, and video equipment, editing videos together using Premiere Pro, and documenting footage.

Later on I was exposed to even more areas of the field, branching off into food photography, location photography, animating logos and assets in After Effects, performing website audits, photo editing, and attending sketch sessions. From day one Figmints put me to work in a positive way.


What did you learn?

I’ve learned quite a few new industry skills as well as fine tuned skills I already had. Working with professional video equipment as well as setting up sets has improved my video production skills exponentially. In addition, I also furthered my skills in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, as well as worked with video cameras I never even knew existed before this internship. I improved my skills as an employee.

When I first started working for Figmints I was nervous and unsure of my place in the office, as most people are when they start a new job. However, after just a few days I felt at home. The staff at Figmints welcomed me with open arms into the everyday norm of the office and encouraged me to get my hands dirty with as many projects and experiences necessary for me to get the most out of my internship.

Do the work in front of you to the best of
your ability and show off those JWU skills!

Advice for Others

I would encourage students to look for an internship that’s not in their hometown. Look for the best internship that will be fulfilling instead of finding one just out of convenience. I’d say look for an internship that will benefit your career in the long run. At the end of the day, employers are looking for college graduates who not only have the right degree, but the right internship. Finding the right internship can kick start your career; that’s what it did for me as the newest Figmints employee!

Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships to learn more about the importance and how to apply for internship. This is a starting point. To learn more see an experiential education coordinator.

Faculty Engagement in Career Events = Success

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Experiential Education & Career Services hosted a full docket of career events this fall bringing students the opportunity to meet with, network with, apply for, and interview on-campus. This work wouldn't be possible without the support of our faculty and administration. 

A strategic collaboration with faculty and Experiential Education & Career Services ensured strong attendance by students. Hospitality faculty gave specific assignments to students to encourage participation and The College of Culinary Arts faculty provided guided tours to freshman who attended the career fair for the first time.

With more than 160 employers under one roof for the day, it was rewarding to see over 75 of them returning to campus as alumni employers to recruit JWU students.  David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis shared his thoughts on the success of the day with Chancellor Bowen:

I wanted to compliment the entire Johnson & Wales team for hosting a fantastic career day! We spoke to some of the best talent that the industry has yet to come...I personally look forward to working alongside several of them and calling them my colleague. Their success is my success!
— David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager, NY Marriott Marquis

We asked a student for her impressions of the day. Charlotte Brecher received her associates in baking & pastry arts and will graduate with her bachelor's in Food Service Management this spring. She has been to several career fairs during her time at JWU. Last Fall, she landed an internship at the career fair and spent the winter term at Bar Boulud in New York City.  She had the opportunity to return this summer and worked at both Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud.  She has kept in touch with her chef and had the opportunity to meet up with her during the career fair. Charlotte was excited to reconnect with Chef and illustrates a great example on the value of networking and staying connected beyond the internship experience.

I will be looking for a full-time job this summer after graduation and will definitely use Experiential Education & Career Services as a resource.
— Charlotte Brecher '18 Food Service Management
Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.

Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.

Visit Experiential Education & Career Services to find out more about internships, prepare for career events, resume critiques, mock interviews, and more.

International Internship Success in Dublin, Ireland

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Marianna Consiglio '18

New Fairfield, CT



Culinary Arts '16, Culinary Nutrition '18



The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Treat your internship as if it was your career, sitting in on a managment meeting opened my mind to pursuing an MBA and becoming a manager in this industry


Company Profile

The Merrion Hotel, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, which is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

What did you do?

On internship my title was Kitchen Placement Chef. I was treated as a commis chef and worked closely with the hotel’s Chef de Partie to complete tasks for the day, whether it was prepping for service, working on a line, prepping for a private function, and/or assisting in plate up for a private function. 

Working at a 5-star hotel was an unbeatable experience. Not only were the products we used sourced locally and supremely top-notch, but listening in on the Executive Chef’s morning briefs to hear a roster of the VIP clientele we were preparing for really had an effect on the mentality of the kitchen. We knew we needed to serve an excellent meal, and we knew we would be proud of the outcome at the end of the day.

I had the opportunity to attend a management meeting at The Merrion where I saw the endless possibilities of this industry.  I spoke with the Food and Beverage Director, Hotel Manager, HR Director, Executive Chef, and a multitude of supervisors, and saw first-hand how every single position was pivotal to the business. I quickly realized that there are countless ways to stay in this industry for the long term.


What did you learn?

Before leaving for internship, I thought I knew the swing of things at home, and even thought Dublin wouldn’t be too much of a change. My mind was quickly changed when I became fully immersed in another culture by cooking and cleaning side-by-side with Chefs and co-workers who quickly became friends. This experience taught me to not only keep an open mind, but to keep a curious mind. The practical skills I learned from this experience alone will help me in my future career. Catering to such high clientele was a great experience on its own but being able to say I worked in Europe will also set my resume apart from my peers.

Because of this experience, I plan on completing my senior level internship by going abroad once again, this time through JWU’s Pan-Asian Cuisine and Culture program to Singapore and Thailand. In addition, I plan to continue my studies at JWU to earn my MBA and seek out a management training program after graduation. Why? Because attending that one management meeting opened my mind to the possibilities in management by being exposed to different lines of the business.

Advice for Others

Do not let any opportunity slip away. If you face each opportunity as a new experience and a new adventure, you will learn and grow more than you could have ever expected. I certainly did.

Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships > find an internship to learn more about the importance and how to apply for internship. This is a starting point. To learn more see an experiential education coordinator.