The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is regarded as one of the best places in town to hold events. Their ballrooms can accommodate virtually any function, including academic conferences, wedding receptions, sorority formals and alumni gatherings.
At each of these functions, a team of employees works to ensure that the event flows as smoothly as possible. Many of these workers are actually students at Auburn.
Kelsey Tarver, a senior in business administration, has worked as a banquet server at the hotel for about six months.
“On a typical night at work, we come in and set up the buffet with food and drinks, serve the guests as soon as they arrive and then clear and take down everything at the end of the night,” said Tarver.
According to Tarver, most of the banquet servers are Auburn students. Students can also work in various other parts of the hotel, including the front desk or at the hotel’s two restaurants, Piccolo and Ariccia.
Students employed by the hotel are from many different majors and backgrounds. Employees who are a hotel and restaurant management major work at the hotel to gain experience for their career, many of them even continuing to work at the hotel after graduation.
“There are actually several international students that work here,” said Tarver. “I know some who are from Japan, Korea and China that are working toward there graduate or doctorate degree.”
The Hotel at Auburn University employs students of all ages, including freshmen. Students may submit an application through the hotel’s website. After reviewing the students’ schedules and qualifications, the human resources department at the hotel may call the applicant to come in for an interview.
“At my interview, I met with a few of the managers and talked about what I wanted to,” said Tarver. “After that, I was called for a phone interview, which was pretty much a survey about what kind of person I am and what my experiences were. Once I was hired, I had to go through an orientation process.”
Although the hiring and training process is lengthy, students find working at the hotel well worth their time and commitment.
“My favorite things about working here are probably the people that I work with and the people that I get to meet here at the events,” said Tarver. “There’s always someone like Coach Chizik or Charles Barkley that I get to meet.”