A rising senior enrolled in Valley High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism program, Mocino will spend ten weeks at the firm’s headquarters, learning about Smart City’s business processes. She will divide her time among the company’s various functional departments, including customer support, accounting, quality assurance, systems development, marketing, technology and project management. The academy prepares students for jobs in the tourism industry by educating them on the principles of hospitality, event planning, marketing, customer service and other key aspects of the profession.
“Valley High’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has taken advantage of its proximity to the world-class hotels, meeting venues and tourist attractions in Las Vegas to expose the next generation of hospitality leaders to state-of-the-art convention management theory and processes,” noted Rani Bush, Smart City’s manager of quality assurance, who serves on the academy’s advisory board. “Andrea shows great promise, and the hands-on experience her internship with Smart City will provide will augment the innovative education she receives daily at AOHT and Valley High’s magnet program.”
The paid internship is offered through the National Academy Foundation to give students the opportunity to put their classroom learning to practical, real-world use. Interns not only get to practice their chosen trades, but they also learn professional work habits and gain valuable insights into workplace expectations. “Our company’s success is built on developing people and technology,” Smart City President Mark Haley said. “We are excited to help Andrea explore potential career paths. It is gratifying to see this talented young lady express an interest in the technological side of hospitality.” Mocino is a member of the Valley High varsity flag football, soccer, and track and field teams.
“I am looking forward to working with Smart City’s marketing and technical professionals,” she said. “I’m especially interested in seeing firsthand how technology and customer service come together to create unforgettable convention and show experiences.”