Published: December 4, 2015
Think working in a restaurant only consists of busing tables and serving food? Think again. There is so much more that goes into running a successful restaurant than just making sure you have good food. This semester Erin Fetsko, a senior business administration major, worked with Trish Dickert-Nieves, owner of Terra Preta, to learn to ins and outs of owning a restaurant.
After applying and interviewing for the social media and marketing internship at Terra Preta, Fetsko was quickly hired because of her past experience using social media for professional purposes. Previously, she had internships in the sales department of a professional hockey team and performing collateral analysis at a local firm. However, those internship were quite different than her current one at Terra Preta. Her hockey internship was a full-time, unpaid position that mainly consisted of busy work, while the other was just computer training.
At Terra Preta, Fetsko gained a lot of practical, hands-on experience. Her professional, well-spoken demeanor, along with her eagerness to learn, made her an ideal candidate for this position, Dickert-Nieves said. Fetsko and Dickert-Nieves communicated verbally nearly every day, which made it easy for the two of them to share goals, progress, and any comments or concerns that either one of them had. As part of her internship, Fetsko created an event sheet that Dickert-Nieves was able to use to prepare all of her holiday parties and events. She also helped manage the restaurant’s Facebook page by sharing information about special events and deals.
Although Fetsko is thinking of a career in finance, this internship gave her a different experience and opened her eyes to the world of entrepreneurship. She was able to see the day to day actions of a small business, something she has never really seen before. She was amazed that Dickert-Nieves does practically everything by herself, and got to see all of the decisions she has to make every day. Since Terra Preta just opened last year, Fetsko also got to experience the environment of a new, growing business.
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