I started out at Marriott much the same way our young people do today. I worked after school and during the summer. It wasn’t called an internship back then, but I knew it was a great way to get experience and learn the business. When I was 14, I stapled invoices after school in the Hot Shoppes accounting office.
Today, when walking around hotels and headquarters, I see a lot of bright, young excited faces. A few interns are helping me post this blog. They want us to add more pictures. So we took a picture and wham! It appeared instantly on one of their Facebook pages with the caption: “Hanging out with the boss man after recording his blog.”
They took a picture of the boardroom, too. I don’t know why anybody would want that, but they did. Long gone are the quiet interns who just put invoices together.
While a majority of our interns come from hospitality schools, many don't. I knew nothing about hotels when we opened our first one, but I was sure anxious to learn. I certainly learned on the job much the same way our interns learn when they arrive at our company.
In the coming weeks, we will say goodbye to our summer interns. Hopefully, they will come away with a better understanding of how hotels operate. And, equally as important, we will learn from the next generation what truly "turns them on."
As “the Boss Man,” I want to say thank you to all of you.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.
Leave a comment telling me about your internship.