Baha Mar seeking 20 college standouts for six-week paid internship
If you are an upper level bachelor’s degree (third or fourth year) or master’s degree student, with at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA), and want to see if the hospitality industry is for you, then you could just be selected to participate in Baha Mar’s third six-week paid summer internship program.
Baha Mar is currently recruiting Bahamians for the program that will provide true real-world experience for 20 college students to educate them of the fact that hospitality is an industry.
The interns will be aligned with the department in which they’re being educated. The various departments to which they will be assigned will know exactly what they have to teach the interns, and the departments will be checked on to make sure they are teaching the interns what they’re supposed to know. The interns will also engage in once-a-week human resources sessions.
Departments that have expressed interest in having interns this summer include retail, golf, BEACH Sanctuary, IT, procurement, finance, casino (cage and count, customer development, special events promotions), food and beverage (Grand Hyatt, SLS), culinary (Grand Hyatt, SLS), rooms (Rosewood, SLS), pool and beach, engineering and human resources.
Kristi Cowper, Baha Mar’s vice president of human resources, said filling only 20 spaces for their summer internship is done on purpose because they want to make sure that the interns get a great experience.
“In the past, you get interns, you put them into filing – do things that you don’t have time to do, and that’s not what we want to have happen. We want to make sure that they have the experience of working, have the experience of whatever they’re looking to be educated in,” said Cowper.
“A lot of the children today think, ‘I don’t want to go into hospitality, let me go into law or let me go into finance,’ and so we wanted to introduce young, aspiring professionals and give them various, sometimes unexpected aspects of the hospitality industry. It’s not just the serving side of things.”
At the end of the six weeks, Cowper said, the interns will walk away with experience in their field and that Baha Mar would like for them to come back one day.
In the previous two years of recruiting standout summer internships, the response has been overwhelming, which makes selecting 20 people extremely competitive.
“It’s very competitive. We do have a lot of people that apply. We do make sure that everyone goes through the same process.”
Every applicant is put through the same process. They are interviewed and their attitude is also taken into consideration along with their skills.
“When we’re hiring, one of the things we look for is that you have the best attitude and that you can fit into the culture that is Baha Mar. [An applicant] might have the skills, and we want those and they are important, but really that personality and attitude have to come through because not everyone will enjoy working with us because we are a little bit different. So, it’s just not one side or the other.”
Cowper promises that for the chosen 20 it will be an experience they will never forget.
Elsa Darling-Culmer, Baha Mar’s assistant director of recruitment, said they want students who are able to balance.
“It’s not going to be as if they’re in college and have three weeks … four weeks to work on a project. A lot of times in the corporate world we have to do projects in one day … two days, and we want to know that these students can handle this. In addition to working on their projects they also have networking events, executive brown bag lunches, meetings and they also have professional development workshops every week, so it’s a full holistic experience of being in a real-world work environment,” said Darling-Culmer.
Darronique Young, Baha Mar’s outreach coordinator, said going into the third year of the summer internship, that Baha Mar has reaped the benefits, having hired former interns in full-time positions as well as on special projects.
Young said they work with the University of The Bahamas, Coterie of Caribbean Butlers, the National Training Agency and the Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute (BTVI).
Candidates can apply at careers.bahamar.com to complete the Baha Mar summer intern application which closes on April 19, with the internship commencing in mid-June.