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DAE Intern Program Launches Leaders of the Future

October 2016


Worldwide vacation exchange provider, DAE, has launched a DAE Intern Program in the US, offering the bright stars of the future the chance to kick-start their career in business.   

Sponsoring students studying at regional universities in Arizona, this month DAE has welcomed its first two Business majors participating  in their International Intern Program – a junior from Grand Canyon University (GCU) and a senior from the University of Phoenix.  

“As an innovative company leading the way forward in the vacation ownership sector, DAE is passionate about driving the career pathways of our future leaders in business,” said Corbett Howard, DAE Vice President, Americas Region.

“This program will not only allow us to provide direction to future leaders in business, it also opens up more opportunities for young, innovative thinkers to enter our industry,” he said.

The program not only allows each intern to learn about DAE and the vacation ownership industry, but also how they can apply their classroom studies to a real-world environment.  DAE’s Intern Program covers many areas of the business from data analytics, how to compile such information, learning what to look for and how to action go forward plans; company policies and procedures, production standards, office etiquette and most importantly to DAE, the protocols for customer relationship management. 

The goal for each intern is to learn and understand how every area of the business depends on the other, how each task achieved is critical in the daily operation, and how the company’s culture drives decision making with award-winning customer service as the pillar for a successful international business. 

Samantha Azevedo, a student at GCU, said, “I hope to gain an increased understanding of how an office runs and depends upon every department. I am also eager to learn the role and expectations of a project manager in a functioning office.” 

Matt Cook, studying at the University of Phoenix, said, “As an intern here at DAE my intention is to learn to assess various scenarios and challenges that will be presented in a professional setting such as this. I hope to learn how to better motivate and educate my peers and team members while balancing the various expectations formulated by my superiors and peers alike, by creating vision, setting goals, and forming teams to reach these goals.

“An additional intention is to better understand which arithmetic and avenues are utilized for reaching these goals, why they are chosen, and how to implement them to continuously improve goals and expectations.”  

Corbett Howard, DAE VP added, “As a college student I also participated in an internship program.  I had some incredible mentors and those impressions still influence me today. I hope we can do the same with this program at DAE.”

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