An Inside Look at Vegas.com from President Tyler Hurt

When people hear the name Vegas.com, most people think of fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. They imagine the glorious city lights, the Strip, and the many attractions and activities Las Vegas has to offer. When I hear the name Vegas.com, I think of the best internship experience in the world.

This past summer, I had to opportunity to intern at Vegas.com, a well-known travel website that plays a big role in bringing tourists from all over the world to Las Vegas. Whenever people ask me why I love my internship, my reply is always the same: I love this city. I have lived in Las Vegas for 18 years and I don’t plan on leaving. This city is where my family, home, and my life is. My internship at Vegas.com has taught me how to work in the real world.

When I first started, the idea of interning at Vegas.com intimidated me. I didn’t know what I could and couldn’t do. I came to work every day in a full business suit because I thought that’s what everyone does in the professional world. After doing this for an entire week, I realized that even professionals are real people, meaning that sometimes it’s fine to dress down. Full business attire is not necessary for every occasion.

Vegas.com taught me the importance of speaking up. During my internship people, were always asking me to do something. They wanted me to go to lunch with them, run this report, file these papers, and so on. I didn’t always have enough time or knowledge to complete these tasks,  but I was afraid of saying no. In the end, I had to respect the fact that work needed to get done, but I couldn’t do everything. I learned how to say no, not because I didn’t want to help, but for the sake of getting things done in the business.

Through my internship I have learned a lot about myself as well as the professional world. That’s what DECA is all about in my eyes: growing as a person and becoming a professional.