Hospitality & Tourism Major: Acceptable Work Experiences

Acceptable Work Experience

A Hospitality Management & Tourism major’s industry work experience should be varied. The best work experience will involve different jobs with increasing responsibility. Students working in one company are encouraged to work in more than one job to fulfill the 1,000-hour experience requirement unless their level of responsibility increases within the one department.

Below are examples of hospitality industry work experiences that qualify as acceptable and those which do not qualify as acceptable. This list is not exhaustive, and merely serves as an example of acceptable work. If there is any question as to whether a position meets the hospitality work experience requirement, please contact Alishia Piotrowski for clarification before accepting the position.

Hospitality work experiences that qualify as acceptable:

  • management trainee
  • front office position
  • night auditor
  • bell person
  • waiter/waitress/server/counter service person at a restaurant
  • host/hostess
  • bartender or beverage waiter/waitress
  • cook or assistant cook
  • steward or assistant steward
  • banquet captain
  • catering/banquet sales
  • convention and event planning
  • management for private clubs, hotels, associations, corporations, weddings, etc.
  • apartment manager or similar position

Hospitality work experiences that do not qualify as acceptable:

  • lifeguard or pool manager
  • accounting work outside the hospitality industry
  • construction work
  • landscape architecture work
  • position in fraternity/sorority house
  • position in retail grocery store
  • retail store clerk
  • entertainer
  • theme park ride attendant
  • administrative/secretarial work
  • dormitory manager or leasing consultant
  • ice cream/Smoothie shop (may count up to 200 hours)
  • sub-sandwich shop (may count up to 200 hours)
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