Second Annual "Dream Believe Achieve" Summer Internships
for Shelter Teens at Radisson Martinique Hotel
Two brothers from the Flushing Family Center in Brooklyn were awarded paid summer internships by the Radisson Martinique Hotel in Herald Square. The internships will give the teens the opportunity to learn about the hotel industry and get hands-on experience with how a major luxury hotel operates in New York City.
The 18- and 19-year old siblings are model students who maintain above a B average and have perfect attendance at school. The young men have also agreed to serve as role models to other shelter youth and give a speech sharing their experiences during the internship with children and families from shelters at the Annual Dream Believe Achieve Holiday Luncheon held later in the year at the Martinique.
Throughout the internship, the brothers will interact with everyone from the hotel’s Vice President and General Manager, the Human Resources Director (himself a former intern), as well as bellmen and front desk managers, and will work with interns from as far away as Israel.
The internship was developed in partnership with DHS and the Radisson Martinique Hotel. DHS’ Director of Special Events Antonio Rodriguez from the Office of Communications and External Affairs has worked with the Martinique for the past four years, beginning with a holiday toy drive from hotel employees. That soon blossomed into an elaborate holiday banquet for shelter families; the hotel donating space for musical projects for homeless mothers; and now offering internships- one last year and two this year.
“This partnership with the Martinique is a fantastic example of the creative ways that DHS works with businesses to benefit our clients, and we plan to work with them to add to amount the internships for next year,” said Antonio Rodriguez.
DHS is also developing a project with the New York City Hotel Association to hold day-long workshops at various midtown hotels to teach teens from shelters about the hospitality business and the career opportunities available.