Our Stories

Internships involve challenging opportunities, real world projects and face to face interaction with our guests. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience and be part of an innovative team. Read some of the stories below to find out what your day could be like as a So Students Sodexo intern.

Are you a current Sodexo intern? We’d love to hear about your experience, tell us on the Campus Intern Survey.


Amyre Brandom - Xavier University of Louisiana

Amyre-Brandom.jpgWhat is your area of study?

Mass Communication 

What's your favorite part of being a Sodexo Intern? 

My supervisor and Mr. TJ were very receptive to my ideas to improve the way that students view the Sodexo employees and their dining experience. I was able to add a lot of new pieces to my portfolio and I learned how to use new platforms. 

What have you learned during your internship and how can you apply it to school or in a career? 

During my time as the Sodexo Future Leader Intern, I mastered my skills in event planning and was able to see an event that I proposed come to life. My supervisor helped me learn how to use new content creation platforms and the difference between creating content for a business social media account versus personal. This experience was a great way to allow me to improve in areas that I was not thriving in and continue to grow as a Mass Communicator. It was a pleasure being able to see Xavier from a new vantage point; not just as a student with complaints and no solutions.


Shaye Kilimann – Colorado Christian University

Shaye-Kilimann.jpgWhat is your area of study?

Communications

What's your favorite part of being a Sodexo Intern? 

I love how it relatively is something different every day at work from making flyers to creating an event or swipe plus. Also, I love the ability to be creative with my flyers for the student body to be both informed and entertained.

What have you learned during your internship and how can you apply it to school or in a career? 

I have learned so much over my time being an intern such as how much work it is to market events and product, how to stock and unload the product for the on-campus store, how to create engaging flyers, and how to price various goods. Marketing is essential in really any line of work. Since I am pursuing a career as a wedding planner, I will now be able to market my services in that better and run a successful event.


Brooke Overacker - University of Idaho, Wallace

Brooke-Overacker.jpgWhat is your area of study?

Operations Management

What's your favorite part of being a Sodexo Intern? 

I enjoyed learning about the dining service industry and the considerations behind their operations and marketing decisions. I also enjoyed being a part of creating a better experience for students.

What have you learned during your internship and how can you apply it to school or in a career? 

I have learned about the importance of building relationships within an industry and listening to the customer while still considering the big picture.


Mariah Johnson – Walla Walla University

Mariah-Johnson.jpgWhat is your area of study?

Communications

What's your favorite part of being a Sodexo Intern? 

Gain hands on experience related to my major.

What have you learned during your internship and how can you apply it to school or in a career? 

I have learned how to create all kinds of posters and how to communicate and work with a team.


Casey Hutnyan, Marketing Intern

Casey-Hutnyan_Bentley-University_MarketingCasey Hutnyan is a senior, 1st year intern at Bentley University.

Day to Day Responsibilities 

  • Social media 
  • Designing menus 
  • Collaborate with various student organizations on campus 
  • Weekly meetings 
  • Participate in events and capture photos
  • Create newsletters for each Bentley Dining event
  • Tabling events
  • Collaborate with local vendors to partner with Bentley Dining
  • Distribute Satisfaction Surveys
  • Client Deliverables

Achievements 

  • Created a Freshman Guide on How to Navigate Bentley Dining
  • Assisted with the development of the Partnership Report Card
  • Invited to work an event at Salem University
  • Designed marketing for an event held at the Pub at Bentley University for a local brewery the Mighty Squirrel

Steven Ciravolo, Videography / Photography Intern

Steven-Ciravolo_Marist.jpgSteven Ciravolo is a sophomore, 2nd year intern at Marist College. 

Day to Day Responsibilities 

  • Film videos of events, promotions and staff 
  • Film b-roll for our social media accounts 

Results 


Elie Christoforides, Valley Café Intern

Elie-Christoforides_Marist.jpgElie Christoforides is a junior, 3rd year intern at Marist College.

Day to Day Responsibilities 

  • Collaborates with the culinary and production team to create each week’s Valley Café menu – Learn more about Valley Café here
  • Maintains valued partnerships with faculty/staff, students and groups and organizations on campus 
  • Researches facts & information regarding the menu theme for PPT & music 
  • Promotes the value of Valley Café to first year students Fields Valley Café feedback and suggestions via MyDtxt

Results 

  • Achieved 7 sold out Valley Cafes last year, valued at $1,927.50 each time 
  • Gained approx. 30 MyDtxt followers last year

Kate Shirkey, Marketing Intern

Kate-Shirkey_Ramapo-College.jpgKate Shirkey is from Roxbury, NJ and is a marketing major at Ramapo College of New Jersey. 

  • Helped create the Fall 2018 PRC [Partnership Report Card] for Ramapo College.
  • Best part about being an Intern is getting to work with my boss LisaMarie Bailey and gaining more experience in the marketing world.
  • Favorite Food from Home: Chicken Pot Pie
  • Favorite Campus Dining Venue: Birch Tree Inn
  • Visit her site here: https://kateeshirkey.weebly.com

Liana Frasca, Photography, Videography, Social Media & Events Inter

Liana-Frasca_Marist.jpgLiana Frasca is a senior, 4th year intern at Marist College.

Day to Day Responsibilities 

  • Photographs students, events and food to make our social media, website and flyers personal 
  • Helps tell our Dining story through photos, videos and social media 
  • Recently launched split Rise Displays, showing the Food Transparency graphic on one side and a video of our actual menu item on the other side 
  • Has contributed to the growth of our social channels 
  • Applied for a Fulbright Scholarship using a narrative of a local purveyor that Marist Dining works with.

Results 

  • Increased our social media following up 20%

Phoebe Smith: Sustainability Intern

Phoebe-Smith_Marist.jpgPhoebe Smith is a senior, 1st year intern at Marist College.

Day to Day Responsibilities 

  • To ensure our culinary & production teams are using our Lean Path waste reduction system 
  • To liaise with the college to bring the Ozzi reusable container system to campus 
  • To ensure we are recovering perishable food for Food Recovery Network 
  • To use her creativity to develop an idea to highlight our weekly food waste during Sustainability Week

Results 

  • Goal: to reduce our food waste by 20% using Better Tomorrow initiatives