Alex Gibson is a Management, MIS, and Entrepreneurship major graduating in May 2018. This summer, Alex interned at MGM Resort International as their Corporate Solutions in Las Vegas, NV. This internship, recommended options to stay however, they were unable to provide housing stipends.
What was a typical day like? A typical day started by checking my emails and from there I would do research on the various projects I was working on. Typically, I would attend a meeting related to one of the projects to ask people questions related to my research and to work with my team. At the end of the day I would then have a meeting with my advisor and boss to discuss my progress on the projects.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of my internship was visiting the different hotels to learn about a different part of the hospitality industry, which were called Resort Knowledge Days. We went to Mandalay Bay to learn about Conventions; we went to MGM Grand to learn about the Food & Beverage side of hospitality; we visited the Bellagio to learn about Slot Operations; and we went to the New York-New York Hotel to learn about Hotel Operations. Each day was super fun because we went into parts of the hotel that were employees only, got to eat at each of the different buffets and it was a great time to bond with my fellow interns.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it. I worked on a big project towards the end of my internship: it was a legal rate analysis where I focused on reviewing the firms we used to see where we could reduce our legal costs. I spent about a month on this project collecting financial data, researched the firm size and specialties of each firm to see which firms we regularly used and that were most useful for MGM Resort’s needs. At the end of my internship I presented my findings to the whole Corporate Solutions department and to the Senior Vice President of Finance of MGM Resorts.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship? I would tell students looking for a similar internship is to research all of the different hotels to see if they have an internship program, and to focus on looking for them in Vegas since that is where many hotel internships are based on. I would also say to start looking early since many applications are open now and close in mid-November. Also, I would ask recruiters if there are internships in their corporate headquarters because many hotel companies have internship opportunities that are not all about hotel operations because most will have internships in other departments such as accounting, IT or finance.