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Internship/job Opportunity @ Ski Resort- Need Advice

This job is at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. Before anyone says it, I know Deer Valley is ski only and yes I am 100% a snowboarder. I am in need of some serious advice about this potential job/internship because I don't really know what to expect. I am hoping someone on here has experienced a similar type job/internship and can shed some light on what to expect.

Deer Valley offers a handful of internships each winter @ 32 hrs/week, with benefits, and bonus's. The second interview I had with them explained how part of the job is sales and customer service (selling tickets, renting skis, helping guests with other info). The other part of the job is shadowing your desired department(s) throughout the company. Additionally, I would also have to ski around giving out questionnaires regarding how they spend their time, what type of terrain they ski, etc (I think).

My main question is has anyone experienced something like this? I don't want to drive 2,400 miles and have it be something completely opposite of what they say. I will be asking for an employee handbook the next time I talk to them, but that will only answer some of my questions. If it's worth noting, I achieve my bachelors degree in March of next year, so this type of internship would fit perfectly into my schedule. The only downfall is I have a decent cushy job now, which I would have to quit (even though they may take me back next spring). Lastly, despite having family in SLC, they live too far for the commute, therefore I would have to find a place to live.

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Is it paid?

Could this turn into a full time job? Or is it just cheap labor for Deer Valley for a season?

How would this build your resume, if at all?
Does this fit in with your career aspirations? Or do you just want to be on a mountain every day?

What is your major? Do you have a job/career lined up after you graduate?
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Is it paid?

Could this turn into a full time job? Or is it just cheap labor for Deer Valley for a season?

How would this build your resume, if at all?
Does this fit in with your career aspirations? Or do you just want to be on a mountain every day?

What is your major? Do you have a job/career lined up after you graduate?
It pays more than I make right now. I am partially thinking the 'cheap labor' is true to an extent, but the other half of the job description [the internship portion] seems contrary to that statement.

Career aspirations - yes, to a degree. The internship portion of this job already builds off another internship I had last year (in Human Resources) and it would be directly correlated to my degree in business management & environmental sustainability.

EDIT: I am more than content riding 2 days a week, but this job is only 4 days a week so it is plentiful. I always wanted to spend one season working at a resort to see how it is and get it out of my system. Seems like now may be the time, but I don't want to get sucked into a misleading job description; hence why I'm looking for someone who may have similar experience with this.

Thanks for the response

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If you get it, do it so you won't look back on this and say that you regret not doing this.
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Unless you aspire to work for a resort operator or in hospitality Management I (as an outsider) would probably place lower value in this type of internship. The optics are more "summer jobby" than "career building". This may just be due to me being outside the aforementioned industries.

Have you considered that you'll have to spend extra money on lift tickets to snowboard? Your earnings will be eaten away by another mountains season pass or Epic pass. Are there internships available at a resort that allows snowboarders?
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Re: comment around not regretting this. IMHO this would have been a much better gig in the winters going into your senior year rather than the winter prior to graduation. Now is the time to look for an internship that will lead to a full time job after graduation - again if that is your "thing"
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Unless you aspire to work for a resort operator or in hospitality Management I (as an outsider) would probably place lower value in this type of internship. The optics are more "summer jobby" than "career building". This may just be due to me being outside the aforementioned industries.

Have you considered that you'll have to spend extra money on lift tickets to snowboard? Your earnings will be eaten away by another mountains season pass or Epic pass. Are there internships available at a resort that allows snowboarders?
Thanks for the input Thewral. I have applied for over 12 internships these past few months and this is the only place to give me a call back. In an ideal world, I would have obtained a full internship like this a while ago, but this is the next best option. I know only some of the job will revolve around the true internship, but this still beats having a restaurant on my resume...ya know?

As far as paying to snowboard goes, I'm not too worried about it. I have no problem paying a few extra hundred for a season pass somewhere else to snowboard on my 2-3 days off.
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Go for the internship then. What are your other options you're mulling over?
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Living at a ski resort is the best! Although being 100% snowboarder at a 100% ski resort makes me go

If your looking at it like your going to further your career it seems like a great opportunity. But as far as getting "it" out of your system it seems like torture.

Maybe they'll count these as skis?
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