Student Spotlight: Todd Cummings, Hospitality & Tourism Management ’23

Q: OUTSIDE OF CLASSES, WHAT CLUBS/ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN HERE AT ISENBERG/UMASS?

A: I have just become a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), Club Management Association of America, Entrepreneurship Club, Isenberg Marketing Club, National Society of Leadership & Success, and the Chess Club.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ISENBERG MEMORY THUS FAR?

A: My greatest memory so far has been working closely with Linda Kinney, Ken Toong, and Garrett Destefano on setting up my Food & Beverage internship within Auxiliary Enterprises and Umass Dining Services.

Q: WHAT DID YOU DO THIS SUMMER?

A: I spent my summer filling out scholarships and am happy to say I was chosen as a recipient of several.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR PATH TO FINDING YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP?

A: Within my first month on campus, I attended Isenberg’s Career Fair through Handshake on Iconnect. This experience led me to being offered 2 Summer Food & Beverage Internships to choose from between The Newbury Boston/Highgate Hotels and Country at Club Marasol

Q: WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO PURSUE AFTER GRADUATION? HOW HAS THE CHASE CAREER CENTER HELPED YOU ALONG THE WAY?

A: I hope to pursue a career as a Food & Beverage Director while I save up to open my future restaurant “Waugh’s”. The Chase Career Center and Dave Wells helped me by strengthening my resume, updating my LinkedIn profile with helpful networking tips and a professional headshot, and most importantly the Chase Career Center helped me to forge very close relationships with faculty and staff.

Q: HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR OVERALL ISENBERG EXPERIENCE WILL BENEFIT YOU PROFESSIONALLY?

A: I think my Isenberg experience will benefit me in multiple ways, and I especially value learning directly from industry leaders and fellow revolutionary students. However, the greatest benefit to me personally is with firsthand experience working with the campus’ Food & Beverage Director learning directly how to run the #1 rated college dining campus.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR TOP NETWORKING TIP FOR CURRENT STUDENTS? 

A: Your network grows the more willing you are to open up about yourself. Be adventurous and try new clubs, talk to as many people as you can, and tell YOUR story. Everybody knows something that you don’t, so get to know them. Your fellow students will be future leaders in their professions. Building lasting relationships now plants seeds that will grow well into the future.

By Cecelia Jenkins
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