Frequently Asked Questions


What is an internship in HTMT?

Why is an internship considered an integral part of the HTMT program?

When am I eligible for an internship?

When should I plan to start my internship?

What are the requirements during your internship?

What are the differences between HTMT 244 & HTMT 444 internships?

How is an internship different from a part-time job?

How do I find out about internship opportunities?

What do I do if I find an internship opportunity on my own?

How do I apply for and secure an internship?


What is an internship in HTMT?

  • Professional hospitality or tourism management-related work experience in a short-term supervised setting
  • Experiential learning component designed to enhance your academic program, clarify your career objectives, and to provide valuable contacts in & exposure to the professional world.
  • Must be of inherently education value or represent a substantial opportunity for 444 internships
  • May be frontline or entry-level for 244 internships
  • For HTMT Majors, Minors & Concentrations: the 444 internship is for-credit and required for the HTM degree

Why is an internship considered an integral part of the HTMT program?

  • It can help you decide if a specific field, role, or type of organization is right for you.
  • It helps you understand and gain competency doing the kind of work that will be required of you upon graduation.
  • You can make professional contacts in your field; both through your host organization as well as through the clients and co-workers you come into contact with throughout the experience.
  • It allows you to apply knowledge and theory from the classroom to a real-world work experience in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
  • It provides you with work experience that will help you be more marketable in the HTM industry upon graduation.

When am I eligible for an internship?

For HTMT 244:

  • Must be a declared HTMT Major, Minor, or Concentration
  • Must complete HTMT 210
  • Must participate in one of the mandatory Internship Informational Sessions

For HTMT 444:

  • Must be a declared HTMT Major, Minor, or Concentration
  • Must have a minimum of 80 credit hours by start date of internship (Senior standing or 90 credit hours completed by completion of the internship)
    • You should begin to research internship opportunities in your junior year if possible
  • Must complete 3 hrs. of an upper-level HTMT elective credit in addition to HTMT 210
  • Must participate in one of the mandatory Internship Informational Sessions 

When should I plan to start my internship?

  • It is recommended that you start your internship the summer before or during your senior year.
    • The Summer before or Fall is highly recommended to ensure any issue with the internship does not delay your eligibility for graduation.
  • In your junior year, you should:
    • Start considering and researching what type of internship will best serve your learning and career goals.
    • Start saving incoming announcements about HTMT internships that sound interesting to you in a file - this will help you decide what type of internship you might like when the time comes for you to start looking for internship opportunities.
    • Consider participating in one of the mandatory Internship Informational Sessions offered each semester (see here for schedule and enrollment link)
  • You will need to secure the internship the semester BEFORE your internship start date
  • All paperwork must be submitted, reviewed and approved by the HTMT Internship Coordinator before the first day of class (see actual dates here).

What are the requirements during your internship?

Each student must:

  • Be a declared HTMT Major, Minor or Concentration
  • Work at an Approved Internship Host organization for a minimum of 120 hours of professional practice over a given semester
  • Complete the Learning Contract in the HTMT Internship Program Portal
  • And completely the specific requirements of each internship course, as follows:

HTMT 244:

    • Complete Academic Community Engagement Activities
    • Complete Professional Development Activities
    • Complete a Final Report
    • Complete an Internship Host Evaluations

OR

HTMT 444:

    • Complete Weekly Journal Entries
    • Attend Advisories Session(s) (online for summer sessions)
    • Complete a Midterm Report, Career Plan, & Final Report
    • Complete an Internship Host Evaluation

What are the differences between the HTMT 244 & HTMT444 internships?

HTMT 244:

  • Optional, for Sophomore or Junior HTMT Students Only
  • A ‘stepping stone’ internship opportunity meant to provide the student with valuable, front-line work experience in a particular sector of the hospitality industry
  • Compensated (generally on an hourly basis, exactly as with a part-time job)
  • Work of internship is focused on learning the job, the industry & the host organization

HTMT 444:

  • Required for ALL Declared HTMT Students
  • A high quality, valuable work experience meant to act as an experiential capstone for the student’s hospitality education
  • May Be Compensated or Not Compensated (eligibility based on overall value of the experience, not compensation)
  • Work of internship is focused furthering the intern’s knowledge, skills and abilities in a specific sector of the hospitality industry &/or providing a unique, highly valuable opportunity with the goal of preparing the student for a career-track position

How is an internship different from a part-time job?

Internships:

  • Are guided by a Learning Contract with specific Learning Goals and Activities.
  • Are supported by the CofC HTMT Internship Coordinator, who acts as your advocate and advisor throughout the process
  • HTMT 244: Must be compensated; HTMT444: May or may not be compensated (should be distinguished by the educational value of the opportunity)
  • Will provide significantly more learning opportunities than a standard part-time or seasonal job
  • Are designed to enhance your career opportunities and provide contacts in your chosen field.
  • Are designed to provide a non-binding, experiential learning opportunity which should reinforce and solidify your academic knowledge, technical skills, and potential ability

How do I find out about internship opportunities?

  • Join the HTMT ListServ (only available to declared HTMT major, minor or concentration students)
    • As internship opportunities are received from industry partners, they will be posted online and e-mailed to subscribers of the HTM listserv.
    • You may also review past postings via the Listserv archive at https://listserv.cofc.edu
  • Attend an Internship Information Session
  • Research for opportunities on your own
  • Make an appointment with Professor Clement and/or your HTMT advisor.

What do I do if I find an internship opportunity on my own?

  • Bring the job description and your supervisor’s contact info to the HTMT Internship Coordinator, Professor Clement
    • You may also ask your Host Supervisor to complete the HTMT Host Application Form in advance if the organization has not hosted a CofC HTMT intern in the past, to provide any additional information that might be required
  • If the internship meets department approval, you can then interview and secure an internship at the approved organization.

How do I apply for and secure an internship?

  1. Seek our opportunities on your own and/or identify the right opportunity via the HTMT ListServ
  2. Create targeted cover letters for prospective employers and specific opportunities.
  3. Contact Professor Clement, your HTMT academic advisor, or go to the School of Business Student Success Center or CofC Career Center to obtain feedback about your resumes and cover letters
  4. Send your application package to prospective employers presenting yourself as a candidate and requesting an interview for available internship positions
  5. Interview with prospective employers & earn the internship opportunity!

Once the internship is secured: complete the HTMT Internship Enrollment Package with the assistance of your Host Supervisor and/or the Internship Coordinator (as necessary).

  • Applications are processed once all necessary documents have been received
    • If you are NOT approved for your internship, you will be contacted by the Internship Coordinator