Burton Bennett is a finance senior who interned at Marriott International in Tucson this summer.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:
It was in Spring 2015 when I met Erica Alitiem, an Eller PDC Coach, on the 2015 Seattle/Portland Study Tour. I stayed in contact with her and gained insight of all the potential internships I would be able to perform over the summer while still taking courses. Erica connected me with the Director of Finance/Accounting from the JW Marriott at Starr Pass, where I was able to set up an interview and land the internship position.
What are some things you learned?
In the summer of 2015, I was an intern at JW Marriott and performed similar duties to that of a general accountant. This included confidential account handling, guest folio processing, and compiling past/present data for future business forecast reports. I gained experience auditing and reviewing financial statements for compliance of all resort outlets, as well as aiding in the coordination of group billing, executive checks, and accounting journal entries.
Towards the end of my internship, I was asked to be interim General Cashier for over two weeks while the individual who held the position was on vacation. I agreed to the offer and was given the responsibility of managing a $100,000 account. The position required extreme detail and organization, while following procedures set in place by the Corporate Marriott accounting division. It also required a background check, as well as formal key access to the vault and banking office. In a very short amount of time I had to learn the best practices of managing and being accountable for a large sum of cash for change distribution to nine resort outlets. Tasks included retrieval/deposit of profits, foreign currency updates, bank management/accountability, and resort retail expense research.
What advice do you have for other interns?
The Eller College is definitely setting us up for success. It has prepared me to expected the STAR questions and how to articulate my thoughts and ideas when asked in an interview. The largest piece of advice I could share with other interns are two things: (1) Listen and be proactive about learning your trade. It would be best to carry a small notebook with you at all times (2) Excel is key to any business financial processing. Learn to love it. I truly enjoyed my internship with Marriott and learned so much through experience, and I appreciate everyone who helped me get there.