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Hospitality Administration Internship
An internship is a planned and closely supervised “hands-on” learning experience providing the student with a wide range of actual work activities and opportunities to shadow or observe portions of operations or administration for which actual work experience is not practical or possible.
Students participated in an internship class need to have completed the following four courses: FCNS 202, FCNS 302, FCNS 316 and FCNS 498. Internship is offered in summer or fall semester. For summer, you are expected to work 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. It is a full time experience. Do not plan to hold another job or take classes during the summer semester. For fall, you are expected to work 20 hours per week for 15 weeks. You should not hold another job or take more than 9 credit hours from other classes while you are doing your internship. Internships can be paid or nonpaid experiences. The rate of pay is left between you and your internship site. You must be enrolled in FCNS 431C for six credit hours following the university guidelines in order to receive internship credit.
Internships are to be secured by the student with the help of the internship coordinator. Hospitality Recruitment Day is the annual event in spring semester and various hospitality companies will come to interview students for internship. However, do not limit your search to this event. There are many excellent employers out there! Decide what segment of the industry you are particularly interested in exploring during your internship and then determine what companies in that segment of the industry are in the geographic area that you will be living in for the summer.
After you select a location, you should contact that company with your cover letter, your resume and an internship handbook, and to see if they are able to offer you an internship experience.
You are required to attend the pre-internship information meeting which is held each February.