Indian River Colony Club Debuts Hospitality Internship Program for College Students

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Leena Milo welcomed by Club Manager Thomas Shonkwiler as first student intern

Leena Milo is a senior at Flagler College in St. Augustine, majoring in hospitality and tourism management. She is the first student in the newly launched internship program at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A new face has been spotted in the dining room at Indian River Colony Club, the Viera 55+ golf community for military veterans.

Leena Milo, 22, of Melbourne, has recently been welcomed by Club Manager Thomas Shonkwiler and the At Ease Club staff as the club’s first student intern.

Milo is a senior at Flagler College in St. Augustine, working on her degree in hospitality and tourism management. She will intern at the club for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks, as part of her college internship requirements.

During her paid internship, Leena will be exposed to all administrative and service aspects of the Indian River Colony Club organization, with a chance to interact with various personnel and club members.

She will begin in the At Ease Club restaurant, learning how to input food orders and add events into the banquet program.

She will spend a day in the kitchen learning how recipes are transformed into meals as well as lessons in cost control, portions, and recipe costs.

Leena Milo is a senior at Flagler College in St. Augustine, majoring in hospitality and tourism management. She is the first student in the newly launched internship program at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

She will observe how to place an order with food purveyors, learn table management, and gain an understanding of employee scheduling, along with reviewing monthly financials alongside the club manager.

For more information about the newly launched Indian River Colony Club internship program for hospitality students, call Thomas Shonkwiler at (321) 255-6050.

Club Manager Thomas Shonkwiler manages all of the kitchens, wait and bar staff at IRCC and will act as Ms. Milo’s site supervisor for the next 13 weeks.

“This is the debut of our internship program,” said Shonkwiler.

“Leena’s takeaway is to be able to gain practical experience related to her course work. We hope to provide an opportunity to one student intern each semester — and look forward to developing club hospitality professionals for years to come.”

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.” A haven for military veterans, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over.

For more information about the Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000, visit their website at ColonyClub.com

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