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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Camp Counselor

June - July 2023 • Johns Island, SC

What I liked

It was very inclusive and provided a lot of opportunities for each of the counselors to gain new skills. We learned how to kayak, swim, surf, and shoot, and play various competitive games with the children. Such as Golf, tennis, pickleball, squash, and bocce ball. Along with learning valuable skills like CPR, and preventative measures for child abuse. The staff were very kind people, and each of them was sure to create a meaningful relationship with you regardless of whether were worked in the same field or position.

What I wish was different

I wish the program would have given more detail before relocation to another state. I received basic information but it was very close to the departure date, which did not leave much time for preparation.

Advice

I would be prepared for a delayed first check, as well as a basic wardrobe for a country club. Descretion is very important at this establishment, because of the guest on the island. If housing is available for you be aware that it can sometimes be an hour's drive into work, and the bus system requires departure an hour early before any shift. It is a very beautiful island, so make sure you enjoy the atmosphere and the nice views.
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Food and Beverage intern

May - August 2021 • Johns Island, SC

What I liked

I loved the Charleston area so much. I also really enjoyed working with new people and getting to create relationships with them. I also loved interacting with the guests that were staying at the Sanctuary.

What I wish was different

I was a food runner and I learned a lot about communication and customer service skills. Although, I wish I had the chance to learn more managerial things as well. (Ex: making the schedule, putting in orders, etc.)

Advice

It is an absolutely wonderful experience. Kiawah is such a special place and if you are ever given the opportunity to work there, definitely take it! Be ready to work long hours in this internship.
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Pastry Chef

September 2019 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

The employees

What I wish was different

More tact

Advice

Build thick skin
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Cook Level 3 - Prep

March - August 2019 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

I liked the environment. I worked in banquets so it was more relaxed then an a la carte restaurant. I was able to learn a lot and no one judged me for not having any prior experience. Instead, they would help me to better understand something. Additionally, when I was first allowed to pick up hours elsewhere on the island the other establishments I went to were very kind as well. A more stressful environment than banquets, but I did my best and they appreciated it.

What I wish was different

I got 6 months of good banquet experience in, but I wish I had been able to work the line a few times somewhere.

Advice

Work hard and don't think you're owed something just because you're in culinary school. Plenty of people in the resort with no formal culinary education that can cook me or any number of my classmates under the table.
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Guest Service Agent

May - August 2019 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

Management within front office was efficient and well run, and the experience itself was very valuable in providing insight and hands on experience within the hospitality industry. Forbes Five Star standards were taught and implemented constantly, which is a very valuable skill to have for future opportunities.

What I wish was different

I wish that the hours had more consistent throughout the summer, as I worked a lot of overtime at the beginning of the summer and then had significantly less than full time hours towards the end of the summer. I also wish that the employer provided housing was closer to the location of the resort, as it was located very far away and the commute was fairly long each day.

Advice

Ask for the opportunity to shadow in other departments, always been professional, and absorb every experience and piece of knowledge, as it will help you immensely.
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Chef Intern

April - August 2017 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

Being in the thick of the Summer rush at a five star resort.

What I wish was different

More of a chance to see more functions of the resort.

Advice

Work hard.
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Management Intern

May - August 2019 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

Working in Kiawah is a sensational time. The people are all very cool and you can find lifetime friends. You learn a lot about the hospitality industry and what it takes to provide a 5-star 5-diamond service. Kiawah is the best resort on the east coast so you gain a lot of traction by having Kiawah on your resume as well.

What I wish was different

The hours are long and sometimes you get stiffed on tips. Not really much to complain about when you're living in a literal paradise.

Advice

Make connections! Kiawah is a very affluent area and there are many opportunities to practice networking and connecting with some very connected people.
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Caddie

April 2018 • Kiawah Island, SC

What I liked

Flexible Scehdule, Outside, good money

What I wish was different

Shift length

Advice

Great job to be outside and make money
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Recreation Intern

May 2017 • Johns Island, SC

What I liked

I love being involved with the hospitality industry, especially in the south. I have learned valuable skills that will transfer to my future career.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more corporate office experience.

Advice

Get ready to get your feet dirty!
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