CSK hosts a number of interns throughout the year, from Culinary Arts, Business Administration, Marketing and most recently we worked with students from the Project Management and Data Analytics program from Holland College on the Capstone Term Project. Hector was an intern at CSK in Spring 2023, and as part of his placement, we had him create a “Day In The Life” blog for our community site. This is his story:
A Day in The Life of the Student Intern
Hello, my name is Hector Lopez, it is very nice to meet you in this here blogpost.
I’m currently a student in the Business Administration course, I’m on track to graduate soon and to complete the requirements I was graced by the gods and was lucky enough to land a WIL placement at CSK.
My day starts at my home, where I wake up to a breakfast prepared by my loving wife; then after only eating half because I forgot I have a fifteen-minute walk ahead me, I run downstairs risking possible neck injury and out the door. I brave the indomitable winds of PEI to finally arrive at the doors of CSK usually one minute after nine, and immediately after entering the doors I’m greeted by the dutiful Adrienne, and I proceed to hang my hoodie at the coat rack.
I greet Arisha, Jun and Michael, then proceed to the beautiful demo kitchen to serve me a cup of coffee. I most often run into Vanessa who is whirlwind of cleaning; by the time my spoon hits the sink, Vanessa already cleaned it and the whole kitchen.
On my way out of the kitchen I say ‘Hi’ to Tim, I then go directly to Robbie to greet him and receive my tasks for the day. My tasks normally involve going through the dozens of client folders to feed information to a comprehensive excel sheet. The sheer number of folders and information would drive a lesser intern mad, but not me: my background in accounting allows me to endure this herculean task. By 12 pm I remember I’m still human and require nourishment: after this brilliant realization I stroll down to the Marché, where one of the best perks of being an intern at CSK presents itself: Lunch.
The divine flavors and aromas presented at the Marché dwarf my own cooking. I proceed to sit down wherever possible, sometimes with the team, and spend a few minutes eating and talking.
Coming back from lunch I continue on with my eternal toil in the depths of the finance folders. Every so often the team will participate in internal sensory tests that allow the culinary side of CSK to refine recipes. These sensory tests have awakened my taste buds and c-test my neurons to perceive sensations and flavors that I wasn’t even aware were possible for humans.
At 4 pm I wrap up what I can from the tasks and put on my hoodie and say goodbye to whoever is not in kitchen or doing other tasks, then I once again brave into the great unknown to do it all over again tomorrow.