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Maddie Finnegan
Major: Hospitality Management
Year: Junior
Hometown/State: Des Moines/Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Simon's Restaurant
Company/Organization website: Simonsdsm.com
Title: Beverage Manager/Bartender
Destination: 5800 Franklin Ave Des Moines, Iowa
Timeframe: 5/18/15-8/1/15

Advisor/Coordinator Email: celbert@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Submit a weekly beer and wine order. Set up and tear down bar as well as bartend and serve tables. Assist with creating a summer drink menu. Establish relationships with Johnson Bros, Doll, and Iowa Beverage reps.

I will never forget...
I was able to create my own drink menu. I did a lot of trial and error as well as research to create these drinks. It is something I have never done before and I learned a lot. I also gained a lot of confidence in my skills.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to build relationships with customers. Always put customer service first and don't hold back from getting to know people. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot about the customer service industry. Lastly, don't ever doubt your skills or knowledge just because you are young.

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