MGM National Harbor, currently under construction in Oxon Hill, Md., will soon employ some graduates of MGM’s internship programs.

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MGM employees at Morgan State University. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

According to Adam Miller, college relations manager for MGM Resorts, young people across the country are exposed to career building resources through MGM Resorts Hospitality Internship and Management Associate Programs.

“This is a fast track program,” stated Miller, who said the programs are currently accepting applications from college students and recent college graduates for the 2015 sessions. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30.

The Hospitality Internship Program (HIP) is a full-time, paid summer internship for college students entering their junior or senior years. Running for ten consecutive weeks, students work with departments at MGM Resorts or in supporting Corporate Departments. The program also provides a practical curriculum on corporate culture and the expectations of professionals in the working world.

The Management Associate Program (MAP), a year-long leadership development program for recent college graduates, offers an in-depth learning experience. MAP participants are placed in specific resort or corporate departments, with the same responsibilities and expectations as full-time employees.

“We currently have 1,252 applicants for both programs,” Miller said. He said the company doubled its program to sixty-five students due to the future MGM National Harbor and MGM Resort in Springfield, Mass.

“We look for student leaders,” Miller continued. “Individuals who have experience beyond internships, those who volunteer, are self motivated and willing to take on new challenges.

Miller explained that the programs set its students up for success and those who have completed the program have entered successful careers.

“There are many misconceptions about casinos,” he said. “People need to know that there are thousands of diverse jobs available through our resorts and MGM National Harbor will employ around 15,000 people.”

Miller said that many of the program graduates go on to buy houses and pay off student loans.

Michael Busby, a native of Bowie, Md, is currently enrolled in the MAP Program and is enjoying his internship at the Bellagio Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Busby, 23, will be working at MGM National Harbor when it is completed. He said he heard about the program while attending University of Maryland Baltimore County, (UMBC) through a job posting on the schools web page.

“The program is amazing because it exposes Black youth to opportunities that they are not exposed to because there aren’t programs like it in the county,” Busby said , adding that the program is perfect in today’s economy because upon completion, you are guaranteed a job.

Jannelle Hope, a native of Virginia Beach, Va. and graduate of Howard University, is also working in the MAP program. She was a marketing major in school and is working at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Hope said she is soaking up the experience like a sponge.

“This program offers such a wide range of opportunities and anyone willing to learn should be interested in it,” Hope said. She said she discovered the program when MGM attended a career fair at Howard University.

“During my junior year, MGM recruiters talked to me and the other members of the National Society of Minorities,” Hope said.

“I worked six weeks in housekeeping, I’ve worked the box office at the Cirque de Soleil show Zumanity and even the front desk,” she said. She said her goal is to become a property president at an MGM casino.