IU Kokomo: Hospitality and Tourism Management

IU Kokomo: Hospitality and Tourism Management


Every day is different with a few similarities. The alarm goes off. I get out of bed. I eat and brush my teeth. And then I head to class. Throughout the semester I meet with my faculty advisor, Professor Kennedy-Eden. Based on their own experiences in the field she has shared with me a variety of skills that are relevant to my internship. It’s cool to be able to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to my work as an intern. Around noon I head to my internship at the Kokomo Visitors Bureau and meet with my manager Sherry to see what we’re doing for the day. The bureau promotes what Kokomo has to offer the city’s visitors. Just recently we celebrated Indiana’s bicentennial. That was a big day. We had several prominent citizens representing Howard county carrying the torch through a route. I had previously marked with signs. Earlier in the day, we set up tables and chairs downtown to get ready for the celebration that would take place that evening. I even had to move some trash cans, but it’s part of the job. Along the route the torch actually came through campus. I helped with little things like handing out flags to students and staff. I also helped rally the crowd just before the IU Kokomo chancellor carried the torch. It was a very memorable experience. Interning with the visitors bureau has been awesome. It’s really cool to see the behind-the-scenes stuff and understand how it all comes together. I’m majoring in hospitality and tourism because I’m sociable and I don’t want to sit behind a desk all day. The internship is helping me develop various skills. Things like managing events, promotion and marketing, and being able to address people’s needs. Overall, my understanding of hospitality and tourism has really blossomed thanks to my time with the visitors bureau.

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