- Students are required to work a total of 1,000 hours in any area of the hospitality industry — hotels, restaurants, private clubs, event companies, theme parks, etc.
- Of the 1,000 hours of industry work experience, at least 250 must be in an approved internship(s) at a hospitality organization(s). Internships must provide an opportunity to work in at least two positions and to shadow a manager.
- To fulfill the work experience requirement, students can submit any hours they have worked within the hospitality industry, as long as those hours were completed following graduation from high school.
- To submit hospitality work experience hours, the student will submit a student report form and have the employer submit an employer evaluation form. These forms should be submitted at the end of the work experience, once all hours have been worked.
- If there is any question as to whether a position meets the hospitality work experience requirement, contact Alishia Piotrowski for clarification before accepting the position. You may also view our list of acceptable/unacceptable work experiences.
- Students should register for HFT 4941: Work Experience in the semester in which they plan to graduate. This is a 0 credit hour course, and there are no assignments other than having the full 1,000 industry hours submitted by the end of that semester.
- When students secure a hospitality internship they need to have it approved by Alishia Piotrowski. This can be done in person, or by email.
- Once the internship is approved, the student will be provided with an internship contract to have signed by their employer.
- Upon receipt of a completed internship contract, the student will be enrolled in HFT 3941: Management Internship. This class can be taken for 3, 6, or 9 credits, depending on the number of hours the student expects to complete in the internship.
- Upon completion of the internship, the student report form and employer evaluation form should be submitted so that internship hours are counted toward the required 1,000 industry hours.
Throughout the year, students will have multiple opportunities to meet with recruiters on campus, at events, or online. Some examples of networking opportunities available to hospitality majors are:
- Interview Prep Workshop. Held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, this workshop presents an opportunity for students to receive guidance in preparation for the interview process from two top hospitality human resource managers. The guest lecturers vary each year.
- Fall Career & Internship Expo. Held each year on the first Tuesday of October, this event draws approximately 40 hospitality companies recruiting for jobs and internships. Students have the opportunity to meet recruiters and interview on campus.
- Spring Career & Internship Expo. Held each year on the first Tuesday of February, this event is similar to the fall event, however, it draws approximately 55 companies each year.
- Guest Lecturers. Through partnerships with industry leaders, our faculty invite numerous guest lecturers to enter the classroom and provide insight to the hospitality industry, while also recruiting for internships and jobs.
- Student Organization Travel. Participating in our hospitality student organizations provides an opportunity to attend conferences and tour world renowned hospitality companies.
- Direct Notification. Students are regularly notified, via email, when industry partners are hiring for jobs or internships.
- Established Internships. In addition to these networking opportunities, the Dedman School has established internship programs in Destin, Florida and Dublin, Ireland.
For more information about internships and career opportunities, contact Alishia Piotrowski.