Washington, DC Featured Intern: Malcolm Richardson

Posted on September 16, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Professionalism | Tags: , , , |

Here is another installment of MSU Study Away Programs’ Featured Intern series.  Malcolm Richardson is one of the growing number of students who participate in more than one study away program during their undergraduate years.  As a freshman, Malcolm spent five weeks studying and engaging in community service work in Hawaii as part of a long-running MSU program.  Below is an interview highlighting his latest study away adventure as an intern in Washington, DC. 

Malcolm Richardson

Name: Malcolm Richardson

Major: Hospitality Business

Graduation Date: May 2015

Program Location: Washington, D.C.

Internship Sponsor: The Virginian Suites Arlington

1. How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply? I learned about the MSU study away program from Vicki Shaver of the College of Social Science.  I chose to apply because I needed an internship for my major and also I wanted to gain experience to make sure I was in the right major.

2. What was your favorite thing about working / living in Washington, DC? My favorite part about living in Washington was the scenery, and learning about all the history that it holds. Also, the shopping malls were very nice.

3. What are your primary responsibilities at your internship? I served as a Human Resource intern, and my primary responsibility was to create all new position descriptions to post on job searching websites.

4. How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans? My internship experience actually gave me a real appreciation of what goes on in all the different departments, and I realized that one can’t function without the other. People shouldn’t underestimate the significance of the job because of the title of the position.

5. Tell us one amazing or surprising highlight of your internship. Were there any “AHA” moments?

My AHA moment was that life is really about networking, and who you know. You can be at the top of your class and be competing with someone with not that great of grades, but they have a connection with someone in that company.  The one with the connection is going to win…every time.  So, make your circle as big as possible to improve your options.

6. If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them? It’s one of the most significant decisions you will ever make in your life! An internship could change or reinforce your career path. Would you rather do an internship and find out that you’re going down the right path or graduate and find out that all that studying and money you contributed to your education was wasted?

If you are interested in an internship in the hospitality field, the Virginian Suites Arlington, part of Choice Hotels group, is an excellent place to learn.  They offer internship positions in Human Resources, Direct Sales and Marketing, Front Office, Reservations, and more.

The Virginian Suites has been the primary housing location of MSU’s Washington, DC interns for nearly 10 years.  The warm and welcoming staff consistently provides an excellent learning and living experience for MSU student-interns.  Visit their website to learn more about this facility:  http://www.virginiansuites.com/. Contact MSU’s Study Away Office if you would like to know more about these or other internship opportunities.


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