ACUHO-I Alumni Testimonies

Ivy Elkins, FL

"Working at Columbia was an experience that I will always value and treasure. The housing staff is an incredible team that you become very close with throughout the summer. They trained me to become a great team member and successful professional that will benefit any job I am hired for in the future. They make sure that you have the support and skills necessary to have an amazing work life over the summer. Living in New York is an experience unlike any other; you are exposed to diversity, culture, and new opportunities every day. I cannot speak highly enough of this opportunity and how it influenced me as a person and a professional". 

Conference Desk Manager, 2017

Jesska Daugherty, NC

"My favorite memories from Columbia are the people I met there: interns from other universities, Columbia students, and college interns working at business and organizations across the city. Living in New York for three months was incredible; every day felt like a new adventure. I traveled all over the five boroughs, saw nine Broadway plays, ate amazing food, and learned a lot about the culture of this vibrant city. I'm still friends with many of the people I met during my internship and have even been to some of their weddings."

Conference Housing Assistant/RA, 2007

Katie Goshorn, MO


"I really appreciated the relationships that were made during that time. Some of my best friends are people that I worked with and it serves as a network for colleagues across the country and around the world."

Intern Housing Coordinator/Res Life Intern, 2010

Tara Centeno, WI


"My experience at Columbia taught me critical thinking and real time troubleshooting at a level I had never experienced before."

Conference Desk Manager, 2014

Carlos Pinkerton, OH


"I would tell future interns that they should come into the experience being as open minded as possible and be ready to learn as much as they can from the experience. The tools and experiences that they will gain will definitely set them apart from their peers especially when it comes time to interview for other positions."

Conference Desk Manager, 2014

Robert Alberts, IL


"My favorite memory was every year having a different group of people to make friends with and learn about. You have all these different undergrads and graduate students from across the country and you get to learn more about who they are and where they're from. It's almost like making a small family while you're there."

Conference Desk Operations Manager, 2015