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Karen Radziewicz

 

A PCCC Internship Gave Her Career a Smooth Take-Off
Posted 1-28-14

 

 

Karen Radziewicz with John Magnifico

Karen Radziewicz with John Magnifico, General Manager of the Marriott at
Newark Liberty International Airport and a partner in PCCC’s internship program.

 

Karen Radziewicz knows a lot about landings and take-offs.  Partly because she works in an airport hotel, but also because a PCCC internship program helped her land her current job and see her career take-off.


“I love the hospitality field,” says Karen, who has been employed at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott since last September.  She was hired four months before she graduated from PCCC with her Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration/Hospitality Management. 


The Clifton resident is now on track to enter Marriott’s management training program and to start studies toward her bachelor’s degree at Montclair State University.


Lively, friendly, and funny, Karen enjoys the fast pace of an airport hotel and described her six-week internship there last summer as “a great experience where I learned a lot about nearly every aspect of the business.”


Apparently, the Marriott team was equally enthusiastic about Karen. Shortly after her internship ended in September, a position opened up at that Marriott location and was immediately offered to Karen.


“She was a natural fit for the job,” said John Magnifico, General Manager of the Newark Airport Marriot.  “Karen has an outgoing personality, team work ethic, energy and passion.”


PCCC’s internship program with Marriott began two years ago, engineered by
Dr. Tom Cox, chair of the Business Administration Department and Mr. James Allen, a hospitality instructor and coordinator of the internship program. Completing an internship is now a requirement for students in the Hospitality Management degree program.


“I would recommend PCCC’s hospitality program to anyone interested in the industry,” said Karen.  “The knowledge you gain from the classes and the experience you get from the internship will prepare you well when a job opportunity comes along.”