Internship Opportunities

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    The internship experience will help you develop a realistic picture of hospitality and tourism industries, apply your knowledge base established in the classroom in the practical fields, and improve your competency in the job market. 

    Internship Resources 

    Hospitality management majors are required to complete two internship experiences in the hospitality industry. Students can register for their first internship experience after they have met the following criteria: HOSP 310, 2.0 overall GPA, 60 earned credits for BS or 45 earned credits for AS, and 12 earned HOSP credits.

    Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the internship process. Refer to the Department Internship Handbook for more details. 

    Department Internship Handbook (2018–19)

    Title IX Brochure and Resources

    Title IX Information for Students Completing an Internship

    Winter 2018 HHS Internship Application Form

    Spring 2019 HHS Internship Application Form

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How can I secure an internship? 

    • Set up an appointment with the Department of Hospitality Management Internship Coordinator: 
      Yasong (Alex) Wang, PhD, Associate Professor
      Department of Hospitality Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
      Ackerman Hall, Room 16, 911 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705
      PH: 724-357-6233
      Fax: 724-357-7582
      E-mail: yswang@iup.edu

    • Work with IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center to learn all the ins and outs of career planning and placement.

    • Take advantage of networking industry professionals that visit the Hospitality Management Department throughout the school year. Many times, these individuals will conduct interviews in Ackerman Hall. These opportunities are communicated through IUP e-mail from our faculty.

    • Follow IUP Hospitality Management Department on Instagram @iuphospitalitymanagement and visit the Hospitality Management Department website.

    • Visit various job employment and internship websites (i.e., Hcareers.com, Indeed.com, etc.)

    • Develop connections with prior employers.

    • Discuss options with your academic advisor.

    2. Where can IUP approved internship sites be found? 

    Here is the list of approved internships sites.

    3. What are the general internship requirements? 

    Two internships are required for the Department of Hospitality Management.

    Internship 1 Overview: HOSP 393 Exploratory Hospitality Field Experience

    The first internship experience requires students to obtain employment for a company within the hospitality industry for an entry-level or hourly position. Students should select a segment of the hospitality industry relating to their interested concentration area to obtain experience. Students will earn a minimum of three credits by working for a minimum of 120 hours (40 hours for each scheduled credit within a professional hospitality operation). The portfolio detailing the student’s experience will be submitted at the end of the internship. 

    Prerequisites: HOSP 310, 2.0 overall GPA, 60 earned credits for BS or 45 earned credits for AS, and 12 earned HOSP credits.

    Internship 2 Overview: HOSP 494 Internship

    The second internship experience requires students to obtain employment for a company within the hospitality industry as either:

    • a supervisory or management training (shadowing) position, or
    • a position that allows the student to rotate through three or more departments within the organization.

    Students will earn a minimum of three credits by working for a minimum of 120 hours (40 hours for each scheduled credit within a professional hospitality operation). The portfolio detailing the student’s experience will be submitted when the internship is complete. More details are provided below.

    Prerequisites: HOSP 393 Exploratory Hospitality Field Experience, senior status, 2.0 overall GPA

    4. How do I register for internship credits? When should I start this process? 

    A minimum of 12 weeks prior the anticipated start of an approved internship, students must:

    1. Meet with the department internship coordinator to complete the HHS Internship Application and obtain initial approval.
    2. The student must submit a copy of their job description that includes job duties and develop a document that identifies nine learning objectives that they plan to meet through the internship experience and three career goals (Goals and Objectives Worksheet). These two items must be submitted to the internship coordinator along with the HHS Internship Application (see requirement #3 below).
    3. Student completes Part I and II of the HHS Internship Application and signs Part IV. (These forms are located at the department office, Ackerman 10.)
    4. The internship coordinator will complete and verify Part III of HHS Internship Application and sign in Part IV, only for already approved sites.
    5. The department chairperson will sign Part IV of the HHS Internship Application, if approved, and sends it to the HHS Dean’s Office in 216 Zink Hall.
      • Note: If the application is incomplete, it will be returned to the department without action.
    6. The HHS Dean’s Office checks to see if IUP has a current internship agreement with the internship site.
    7. The HHS Dean’s Office will approve or deny the internship agreement.
    8. If the internship is approved, then the student will receive an e-mail from Sherry DiPaolo, department secretary, directing them to register for their internship course.
      • Note: The student must register prior to the end of the drop/add period for the semester they will be completing their internship.
      • Important: Hours worked in the internship will not start accumulating for credit until after the internship has been approved by the Dean’s Office and the student has registered for the correct semester.

    Winter internships are approved on a case-by-case basis only. The university reserves the right to deny requests for winter internships.