Hospitality & Tourism Management Internship (HTMT 244 & 444)
Internships for Hospitality & Tourism Management Majors, Minors and Concentrations are required during their Senior year via the HTMT 444 course. Internships can also be undertaken for general elective credit as a sophomore or junior via the HTMT244 course.
An internship is a work-related learning experience for students who wish to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. Some internships are paid and some are unpaid. Regardless of compensation, internships must satisfy the program criteria for academic credit. No matter the compensation, every student should pursue a meaningful internship to gain the hands-on experience that employers find so appealing.
Internship Program Overview
An important component of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at the College of Charleston is the work experience students gain while outside the classroom. It is our aim to give them the tools they need not only academically, but also professionally, to become future leaders in the industry. The hospitality and tourism management internship (minimum 120 hours) is a complementary source of learning and enhancement to the student's academic program and career objectives. This is achieved through experiential education engaging the student in a unique three-way partnership between an approved hospitality partner, the College and the student.
The overall unique learning experience will be guided by a Learning Contract outlining specific work-related experiences and academic components designed to enhance the student's knowledge. Additionally, students will attend one of the scheduled or online advisory sessions conducted by faculty during the semester or made available to enrolled interns: 1) at the commencement of the academic semester and 2) prior to the midterm report submission date. The internship course is designed to help students work both individually and collaboratively in a real workplace environment that is characterized by diversity, uncertainty, and rapid change. The work environment will require that students utilize and improve their communication skills while working with clients, supervisors, and co-workers. The internship experience is a fundamental part of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program that helps our students to be successful in their future careers.
For more information, please review all of the available online resources here, under the HTM Internship subdirectory.