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Official Student Internship Forms

Internship Requirements for Hospitality Business International Students

Why does The School of Hospitality Business require the completion of two internships?

  • After graduation you will assume a management role in the hospitality industry; you must be able to direct and lead employees working in hourly and supervisory positions in a hospitality company. Having work experience will allow you to learn what these jobs entail and what skills are need to perform them. You will also learn about the day-to-day operations of a hospitality company, how it is organized and managed, daily work issues, and financial considerations.
  • Employers will seek to hire students with significant work experience to become managers for their companies. Internships will strengthen your skill set and help you to develop your problem solving and leadership skills — just what recruiters are looking for! So the more experience you have the stronger a candidate you will be.
  • With so many choices of jobs in the hospitality industry, internships will also help you decide what segment of the industry is right for you!
  • Internships help you understand information presented in the classroom and let you apply what you have learned in a real world setting. Both are needed to be a successful manager in the hospitality industry.
  • Internships will also provide you with powerful networking connections for a future job with the company of your dreams, for future advancement, or for mentoring.

What are the internship procedures?

  1. Prior to graduation, students in The School of Hospitality Business must complete two work experiences called internships. They must be in the hospitality industry.
  2. Both internships require working a minimum of 400 hours during a 10 week period with one company. Internships can be completed full time during the summer or part time during the school year. If you work part time there is no time limit for completing 400 hours.
  3. Internships must be documented and approved prior to beginning by using the SIRC web application and approval process. At the end of the internship you and your employer must also complete evaluations through the SIRC web evaluation process.
  4. All three forms – approved application and both evaluations – must be completed by the end of the internship or the internship will not be counted as complete. It is your responsibility to make sure your employer completes your final evaluation and submits it to SIRC.
  5. Please go to the top of this page to access the Student Internship Application and the Student Internship Evaluation forms.
  6. If you have an F-1 Visa, you must also process a CPT or OPT form and secure authorization to work in the United States from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

What are the internships requirements?

Level 1 Internship – This is your first internship which requires working for a hospitality company in an entry level hourly paid position.
A level 1 Internship is a prerequisite for HB 307 Hospitality Human Resources and must be completed before taking the class.

Level 2 Internship – Your second internship requires employment in a hospitality company in one or more of the following areas:

    1. Supervisor or Manager or Management Shadow *
    2. Rotational position through three or more departments *

* An internship that combines areas (1) and (2) is highly recommended and would provide the best experience. Special Projects can be added to either (1) or (2).

Both your Level 1 and Level 2 internships must be completed before taking  HB 489 Hospitality Business Strategy.

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