Anne’s internship has already led to a job at Vermont Adaptive as a projects and services assistant.
When Anne Koch started thinking seriously about her career, she realized her ambitions centered around marketing, event planning and business. She had already completed her freshman year at the University of Vermont, but had difficulty finding the right mix of business and marketing classes.
She considered her options, and the path led right back to where she started – her hometown of Killington. Even before completing her degree requirements this fall, she’s already started work at the job “I never I knew I always wanted.”
“I had never seriously considered GMC before, but my parents own a business on the mountain and they suggested I look into it,” she said. “The right combination of business and the service industry was right there all the time.”
Because the Killington School of Resort Management at Killington (KRSM) takes only three years to complete, Anne was able to transfer some of her UVM credits and get a head start on earning her BS degree.
KRSM students are required to complete an internship before graduating, and Anne found a great opportunity this summer interning at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a nationally recognized non-profit that provides recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
“I helped plan a major event, The Long Trail Century Ride, to benefit Vermont Adaptive, marketed Vermont Adaptive’s brand to audiences on a national level, orchestrated a silent auction, trained with the northern volunteers on Lake Champlain, was a guide to participants who were visually impaired, and paddled in a kayak for the first time,” she wrote of her experience.
Anne still has a few courses to finish up her degree this fall, but her internship has already led to a job at Vermont Adaptive as a projects and services assistant. (Ninety-nine percent of KRSM students earn a job in the resort and hospitality industry after graduating.).
“I kind of expected it to be more of a struggle to get my career started, but I also knew if I worked hard enough in my academics and used the connections and resources I had to my best advantage, it would get me somewhere.”
Anne was inspired by KRSM teachers, many of whom are national leaders in the resort and hospitality industry. One of her professors was Megan Smith, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing. “She inspired me to do the things I want to do, and not hold back,” Anne said.
Read more about Anne’s summer experience and career journey in this Mountain Times article.