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Interns Bring International Flare to Turning Stone

This summer the Oneida Nation Enterprises welcomed 100 international interns for the chance to gain real-world experience at various properties across Upstate New York.

One, Romario Beecher, has had a huge impact on the guest experience at two different properties.

Romario, 21, is from Jamaica, and has been splitting his time between Wildflowers restaurant inside The Lodge at Turning Stone and The Cove, the Oneida Nation Enterprises’s new $35-million resort near Sylvan Beach on the shores of Oneida Lake.

When he’s at Wildflowers, Romario works as a backwaiter and a barback, delivering bread to tables inside the restaurant and helping to clean and stock the bar at The Lodge Lounge. When he’s at The Cove, Romario has been working as a groundskeeper, performing activities such as weeding mulch, setting up pool chairs, and cleaning and sanitizing boats.

At The Cove, Romario also has been working to keep the pool clean. Every day he skims and vacuums the pool. He also tests the pH levels of the water—a task that correlates directly with work he has done in Jamaica as part of his environmental science studies at Northern Caribbean University.

“Right now, I’m torn between pursuing a career in hospitality or pursuing a career in science,” he said. “Being able to work with both this summer has been really fulfilling.”

When Romario returns to Jamaica in September, he will begin his fourth and final year of university.

This is Romario’s second summer as an international intern for Oneida Nation Enterprises—last year he worked exclusively at Wildflowers. He said he requested to be a part of the team at The Cove this year, and he was delighted when he received the assignment.

He said he loves working for Oneida Nation Enterprises—particularly how interns receive transportation to and from work.

“They always make sure we’re okay,” he said. “That kind of care from an employer is very special.”

 

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