Careers in Hospitality and Tourism Management


The business travel that comes with globalization, along with increased demand for professionally planned meetings and events has contributed to growth in hospitality and tourism careers. Careers in the industry are expected the grow faster than average for all jobs through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook.

Careers in the field include:

  • Catering manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Human resources at hotels, casinos and spas
  • Lodging manager
  • Casino manager
  • Cruise director
  • Sales manager
  • Tour manager and guide
  • Event and meeting planner
  • Restaurant and commercial food service
  • Attraction and amusement park manager
  • Customer service
  • Airline and other transportation management

NIU alumni can be found working in the following hospitality and tourism organizations:

  • Aramark
  • Disney World
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Intercontinental Hotels
  • Global Hyatt Corporation
  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Marriott International
  • MGM Hotels Las Vegas
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Rivers Casino
  • Harrah’s Casino
  • Expedia Inc.
  • Sodexo
  • Wyndam Hotels


To prepare you for career opportunities, you can take advantage of our extensive internship program. Internships can be tailored to your goals, and are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Each spring the school holds a Hospitality Recruitment Day. Hospitality companies visit campus to interview potential interns. Previous participants include Marriot Corporation, Global Hyatt, Darden Restaurants, Professional Sports Catering and Aramark. Internships have included working as a front agent, meeting and event coordinator and picnic supervisor.

Mentor Program

Hospitality and Tourism Management students learn through mentors in the industry who can also help you plot a career path and transition from academic life to the working world. Our mentorship program is offered during the fall semester. If you are selected through an application process, you will be paired with a professional mentor whose area matches your interests.

Learn more about our internship and mentor programs!

Contact Us

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Lan Li
Professor and Area Coordinator

Family and Consumer Sciences
118 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115