by Lauren Coffaro, Career Advancement Program Associate

The United States is known worldwide for excellence in the hospitality sector.  Each year, thousands of hospitality students from around the world choose to come to the U.S. to pursue an internship in tourism, hotel management, culinary, and the like.  Many of these interns choose to train at a very unique type of American business: the country club.

Country clubs are popular throughout the U.S., particularly on the East Coast, as a place for individuals and families to spend time with friends, dine, play sports like golf, swimming, and tennis, and take part in activities like bingo and bridge.  Interns at country clubs have the chance to train in areas such as front desk, food & beverage, banquet, and culinary.

Katherine, a J-1 Intern from the UK who trained in sunny Florida, put it best when she said, “I have been given a great insight to management of a country club and have gained great experiences in many departments of the industry.”  Rotating through various restaurants and capacities on site ensures a diverse experience.

And what makes the country club experience so one-of-a-kind?  The members! Unlike a hotel or restaurant, where people cycle through, interns at country clubs get to know the members’ names, backgrounds, families, likes, and dislikes. Developing lasting relationships with the club members is often one of the most rewarding parts of the J-1 Intern program for those who are placed at a country club.

And of course, J-1 Interns in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn American culture and language and immerse themselves in a new community and lifestyle.  Confirms Katherine, “I have gained many qualities and have made many good friends and this has been the best year of my life to date so far.”

So what are you waiting for?  Apply for a J-1 Intern or Trainee program today!