Work at one of Travel + Leisure's Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest!
Here on the shores of Mackinac Island, genuine hospitality and simple comfort reign supreme. Located on the island’s sunrise side, Mission Point spans 18 acres of waterfront property on Lake Huron, creating an unparalleled setting for guests to savor life’s simple pleasures. Mission Point captures the essence of Michigan’s most beloved island retreat.
Mackinac Island is located in between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan. It is often referred to as the jewel of the great lakes. The island is only accessible by ferry or plane.
About Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort is the largest family-owned and operated resort on Mackinac Island. Spanning 18 acres of lakefront property, Mission Point sees thousands of guests each season with employment opportunities in every department of hospitality. Our guests come from all 50 states and a variety of countries around the world, visiting for vacations, weddings, conferences, family reunions, birthdays and much more.
Mackinac Island is located in between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan on Lake Huron. It is often referred to as the Crown Jewel of the great lakes and is one of the top tourist destinations in the state of Michigan and United States. The island is only accessible by ferry or small airplane and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. Known best for its ban of automobiles, horse-drawn carriage, bicycles and walking are the main modes of transportation on Mackinac.
Season is from early April to November
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The Employee Experience
Gabi - Summer Work and Travel
"I do have some advice for packing: PACK LIGHT AND BRING WARM CLOTHES! You don't really need a lot of clothes. Oh, and it would also be helpful to bring a pair of black pants for work ( trust me, it's better to be safe and have one). It was challenging sharing the room with people I didn't know and people from different parts of the world, but that only made the experience more unique and amazing. The most important advice I can give you is to make the best from this unique experience, to take the best from the people you're gonna meet and to enjoy every single day because you are gonna miss it like crazy when you leave :)"
Vikte, Summer Work and Travel
"My greatest summer in USA
My name is Vikte (well a lot of people in America called me Vicki), I’m from Lithuania, a little and awesome country in Eastern Europe. Back here in my country, I’m studying criminal law, working, and enjoying life.
So, what brought me to the United States? A big dream to see America. Honestly, I was dreaming about coming to States for about 6 years and finally, I did it! I participated in Work and Travel USA program to make my dream come true. I’ve got a job offer from Mission Point Resort, packed my bags, jumped to a plane and had the longest trip in my life. It took 3 days for me to get to the Island! :D
But when I got there it took like 2 minutes to fell in love with the Island. Lake, horses, old-style houses – trust me, it’s amazing…
At Mission Point, I worked as a hostess in Bistro on the Greens. I just loved my job! In the beginning, I was a little scared, but soon I got used to all the procedures and other stuff. I loved that I need to communicate to customers (it helped a lot to improve my English skills), also I met a lot of wonderful people, and the best thing - I worked outside, so I didn’t have any problems with my tan :D I lived in a Quorum. Housing at Mission Point is fine, everything is clean. The best thing that we’ve got wifi in our rooms! :D
I’ve learned a lot from all of this. First of all, now I have much more self-esteem. I realized, that I can travel all by myself, I can deal with a lot of difficult situations which I had in traveling, my English is better, plus I have a lot of awesome new friends all around the world!
I hope that I will be able to come back to Mackinac Island one day, working there changed all my life for good. And just in one season!"
We look for people with a taste for adventure, looking for the experience of a lifetime in a location as rich in history as it is in beauty. An ideal candidate will have a passion for life and work, excellent communication skills, a great attitude, strong customer service skills, team spirit, is adaptable and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Room and Board
We provide dormitory-style housing for all our employees, with three to five people per room. There are two buildings that accommodate our employees, both located right on Mission Point Resort property and only a two-minute walk to work. Bathroom facilities are shared by each gender within the housing unit. Three meals a day are also provided for our employees, in our newly renovated cafeteria. The cost of both housing and food is directly deducted from the employee’s paycheck at a rate of $110.00 a week.
Other benefits of employee housing include a laundry facility provided at a minimal cost, cable TV, 24-hour security, wireless internet and a communal area with a flat-screen TV, pool table and vending machines.
Employees receive a discount in our four restaurant outlets, and in our Resort’s gift shop.
We also offer to our employees a discounted room rate for their friends and family to visit and stay at the Resort, subject to availability during the season
Mission Point also offers employee events including:
- Weekly employee movie night in our 400 seat theater
- International Day Celebrations, celebrating the diverse cultures of our team members
- Christmas in July
- Lilac Festival Parade participation
- Employee soccer tournament
- Pumpkin decorating contest
- Employee talent show
- Associate of the month awards
- End of the season party and much more.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Mission Point Resort is located on an Island and therefore must be reached either by ferry or plane. The ferry can be taken from either Mackinaw City or St Ignace; two cities adjoined by the Mackinac Bridge. Further information about how to get to either of these cities can be found at https://www.mackinacisland.org/stay/getting-here/.
On the Island there are no automobiles, you will be limited to foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. Once you have started work at Mission Point Resort, you may have the urge to leave the Island for a day trip and return to the city life for a while! Transport is limited to surrounding cities; however, there is a shuttle that can take you to Cheboygan or Petoskey, local towns with some shopping.
Mackinac Island has plenty to offer for the thousands of employees working here each season. In your free time, take some time to explore 70+ miles of hiking and biking trails, tour historic Fort Mackinac, sail the Straits of Mackinac at sunset on a Sip N' Sail boat cruise or take a walk down Main Street where iconic Mackinac Island fudge is a must-try! In addition to all of the activities provided by Mission Point, the local community posts a list of activities taking place on the island every week, including live Music in the Park, yoga, pilates, kayaking, running club, painting classes/art workshops, organized sports and more!