Farmington Country Club’s internship programs offer exceptionally rewarding opportunities for hospitality management and culinary arts students interested in pursuing careers in club management.
Interns learn all aspects of day-to-day operations of the various departments within a private club as well as the methods and procedures by which the departments and divisions are managed. Interns also gain an overview of the private club organization and develop insight into how departments relate to each other. Throughout the training experience, interns closely train with managers to learn effective industry practices. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to participate in staff meetings and training programs, and to attend trade shows and conferences.
Food And Beverage Internship
The Food and Beverage Internship provides training in food and beverage service in fine dining, casual dining, seasonal dining and banquet service. Interns gain knowledge of member service and hospitality management as these skills relate to the private club industry.
The Clubhouse Internship provides training in Front Office operations, which include reception, overnight guest rooms, housekeeping, laundry and security. Interns gain knowledge in member service and hospitality management as they relate to the private club industry.
Culinary Arts Internship
Culinary Arts interns learn to prepare food for fine dining, casual dining and seasonal dining outlets, and they also receive an introduction to pastry. Interns rotate through the Club’s two kitchens and the bakery, progressing through the various kitchen positions. Advanced training in pastry may be arranged.
Golf Course Maintenance Internship
Golf Course Maintenance interns are exposed to all areas of golf course maintenance in a large, private club environment. Through a hands-on approach, interns learn irrigation scheduling, operation, and repair; fertilizer and chemical applications; general course setup; tournament preparation; construction and renovation; mower and machinery maintenance; staff supervision.
Training Program Evaluation
At the conclusion of the training program, interns, together with the supervising manager, review and evaluate the internship experience and its applicability to the interns’ future career goals. Interns participate in the Club performance review process, which includes meeting with the supervising manager to discuss performance during the training period and to identify areas to focus on for continued professional development.
The Club provides fully-furnished apartments to interns on a space-available basis, which they share with other interns. The apartments are located approximately two miles from the Club. A weekly payroll deduction covers each intern’s use of the apartment.
“Thank you for an incredible summer. Farmington has a very talented group of chefs and they were all instrumental and enthusiastic in my education. I learned an astounding amount in just 90 days and I will really miss my time at Farmington.”
— Chris Reynolds
Summer Culinary Intern 2019
Oklahoma State University, Class of 2020
“My internship at Farmington was crucial to my development and growth as a leader. I definitely see a future for myself in this industry; there are so many opportunities within private clubs if you are dedicated and have a passion for hospitality.”
— Elizabeth Wittig
Summer Intern 2018
James Madison University, Class of 2018
Assistant Manager in Development Program, Class of 2022
Farmington Country Club
"I was given resources and guidance to successfully execute a banquet event throughout my internship. I will apply my experiences from this past summer within the hospitality industry.”
— Alyssa Flens
Summer Intern 2017
Purdue University, Class of 2018
Assistant Manager in Development Program, Class of 2021
Farmington Country Club
“My experience at Farmington was far greater than I imagined. I developed substantially as a leader by working with a group of talented people. Farmington was a great stepping stone that will help me tremendously long after graduation.”
— Jesse Gauvin
Summer Intern 2017
UMass Amherst, Class of 2018
Winter Externship Program
Farmington Country Club is currently undergoing several new and exciting construction projects. As a result, the Winter Externship Program is temporarily on hold. In the meantime, interested students are encouraged to check out and apply for Farmington’s Summer Internship Programs listed above.
Farmington’s week-long externship program has provided hands-on learning and professional development to future hospitality leaders for more than a decade. The program is designed for hospitality management students who are CMAA chapter members considering careers in club management.
- Experience first-hand the daily operations of a large, complex private club
- Interact and network with experienced Club managers, including recent hospitality management graduates who are participating in the Club’s Assistant Manager Program
- Meet students from other CMAA Student Chapters
- Interview for Summer Internship and Assistant Manager Program positions
- Stay on-site in the Club’s overnight guest rooms
- Tour area clubs