Five University of Southern Mississippi students with sights on careers in tourism and casino management will have an opportunity to experience the industry firsthand as interns at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Nov. 16-19 in Las Vegas.
The students – Emily Adams, Alison Cox, Audrey Feeney, Angela Ladner and Rachel McDowell -- were chosen based upon competitive essays that were reviewed by members of the G2E Conference Advisory Board and Directors from the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute. A total of 50 winners were selected to participate in the G2E “By the Industry, For the Industry” internship program.
Considered the gaming industry’s premier trade show and conference, the G2E will provide the essay winners with significant rewards. Such as:
• Free G2E four-day conference pass, including access to the exhibit floor and the Advanced Gaming Institute (worth $1,595)
• Admission to a special student group session on gaming and hospitality career opportunities.
• Opportunity to have resumes/CVs made available to G2E exhibitors and industry professional for potential internship opportunities.
• See first-hand how the G2E conference is organized by participating with the logistics on-site for one full day
“The G2E gaming summit is the largest in the world and attended by all casinos, suppliers, manufacturers and related industries,” said Dr. Catherine Price, chair of the Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management at Southern Miss. “The opportunity to see and experience a trade show of this magnitude is in itself an amazing learning experience. And further, to have the opportunity to work with the staff who planned and managed it is well beyond what can be communicated in a classroom setting.
Price added that the networking opportunities were immeasurable with Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission offering to introduce and mentor the students during the expo.
Adams is a junior from Gulfport, Miss., majoring in tourism management. “I feel it’s my duty to seize any opportunity for personal and professional growth that crosses my path, so being chosen for this particular opportunity is such an honor,” she said.
Cox is a junior from Hattiesburg, Miss., majoring in tourism management. “I am planning to be an event coordinator and working in this conference will be a great experience for me,” she said.
Feeney is a senior from Long Beach, Miss., majoring in tourism management. “This will be a perfect chance for me to gain the industry experience and networking needed for my future,” she said.
Ladner is a senior from Saucier, Miss., majoring in resort management. “I am excited about this opportunity to meet industry professionals and I hope this internship will broaden my knowledge of both the tourism and gaming industries,” she said.
McDowell is a senior from Chicago, Ill., majoring in hospitality management. “I hope to gain an incredible amount of knowledge. I am taking this endeavor to make not only my professors proud, but my mother as well,” she said.
The Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management will fund the students’ travel and accommodation needs with money raised by the students in their annual “Passions for the Palette” fundraising event. For more information about the department, call 601-266-6762.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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