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FOR THE ISLANDER For the past four years, Catalina Island Company, in partnership with Yummy Jobs, has offered a year-long intern- ship program that provides on-the-job training to foreign students and young profession- als who are pursuing careers in hospitality and leisure. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, speak fluent English and be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at a university outside the United States, or they must have gradu- ated no more than 12 months prior to entering the program, Each year, as many as 12 students from as far away as Portugal, Vietnam, Ecuador and Australia come to Catalina, where they are provided with housing, a salary and ample opportunities to learn the U.S. hospitality industry, which often differs a great deal from their home countries. "It opens up everyone's eyes to new things," said Tricia Martinez, manager at Catalina Island Company's Descanso Beach Club. Unlike many hospitality com- panics, Catalina Island Company is able to offer in-depth expe- rience in staff management, customer service, scheduling, project management :and other disciplines in a wide variety of areas, including spa, food and beverage, hotels and events. According to Martinez, Venetia Harding, a recent intern from England, garnered enough knowledge and experience during her stint at Descanso Beach Club to fill in as Banquet Director for the Company dur- ing a period of transition. As the Company's first intern in Two Harbors, Latvian-born Artjoms Korde, who earned his degree in Tourist Management at Bournemouth University in England, focused on elevating the guest experience at Harbors Sands. He's hoping to leverage his experience there to write his dissertation on "developing a destination." To help interns broaden their horizons and experience U.S. culture, the Catalina Island Company organizes team-build- ing outings, like a trip to Los Angeles, Disneyland or Angel Stadium for a baseball game. After completing the one- Catalina Island Company's Internship Program offers on-the-job training in a number of hospitality disciplines, including the culinary arts. Courtesy photo year program, interns have one month to explore the United States, if they so choose, before returning to their home coun- tries. Korde said he would rec- ommend the Catalina Island Company internship program to anyone. "It's going to be a game changer in your life," he said. VAUGHN ALLEN YACHT SALES Email your stories and photos to editor@thecatali- 42 -2.57-8151 . ,Serving all of ,5ou~em California 100-Ton USCG Ucense 6th 19th ShowsNightly at 7:30pm Rated PG Matinee Saturday 4:30pro Admission: Adult $15.00 Senior & Child $13.00 Every Tuesday $10.00 Admission For More Information Call 310-510-0179 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 13, 2018 i 11