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Flatiron Hot! News | January 16, 2018

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A Winter Internship at NYCSCC – Crunching the Numbers, Sampling the Local Cuisine!

A Winter Internship at NYCSCC – Crunching the Numbers, Sampling the Local Cuisine!
Flatironhot Contributor

Reported for the Flatiron Hot! News by Katee Sosa

During my winter break from Union College mid-way through my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to “wear multiple hats” at the New York City Seminar and Conference Center. Located in the Flatiron District on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYCSCC is a business that offers value meeting space for conferences and seminars to an array of industry sectors.

For my internship, I had the pleasure of working alongside the NYCSCC staff three times a week as a financial intern during the month of December. The primary focus of my internship involved assisting Korvin Vicente, a senior event manager at NYCSSC, in handling the year-end financial procedures for the business. My duties consisted of helping prepare corporate balance sheets and income statements as part of a detailed year-end report which will be used as source material for a business model and projection the department is creating for 2018 and beyond.

In between my time updating and editing the relevant Excel sheets, I also assisted the regular staff in facilitating the events held at the conference center. Some tasks included ensuring the catering was set up and cleaned up at certain times,  as well as addressing clients personal needs and answering any questions they might have while in attendance.

Winter Internship at NYCSCC 

In addition to these duties, I was able to explore the streets of New York, especially Flatiron and Chelsea, in an effort to experience the wide array of area restaurants and eateries the districts are famous for. I took my turn as an apprentice food critic, selecting for coverage and write-up a couple of restaurants and cafes that I felt would be attractive to NYCSCC’s value-conscious patrons. These write-ups were featured on Flatiron Hot! News, NYCSCC’s hyper-local blog and website, that focuses on news involving the Flatiron District.  When a client of NYCSCC seeks somewhere to eat, they are referred to this site for dining recommendations.  You can check out my effort by clicking here!

To summarize, my experience at NYCSCC was well worth the effort. Prior to starting my internship, I had limited experience in hospitality, accounting or finance. Therefore, most of the work I encountered was a great chance for me to learn.  I had some basic knowledge of Excel when I first began, but using it consistently throughout my internship helped improve and sharpen my skills. I know that being proficient in the use of this software is critical in pursuing a career in business, which I may pursue going forward.

During my time at NYCSCC  I also was able to learn some basic accounting principles, including the structure and inter-relationship of the income statement and balance sheet, and how and why they are important to the managers’ role in judging the state of the business.  For any intern looking to get some hands-on experience and learn some fundamental working skills, this internship is highly recommended. Not only will you gain insight into how a small business works and operates, but you will also be able to strengthen your communication, writing and analytical skills – to say nothing of getting to try out some excellent eateries!