Tips for Finding an Internship

Finding an internship is a practice-run for your impending career search.  It can and will be a challenging process, yet those who demonstrate initiative and perseverance are often rewarded by tremendous opportunity.  Ultimately you, the student, are responsible for obtaining the internship. However, the Hospitality & Tourism Management Internship Coordinator is available to help you throughout the process.

In getting started: 

  • Join and Search the HTM listserv
    • You may contact the HTM administrative coordinator, Alicia Awdeh, to be added to the listserv.
    • As internship opportunities are received from industry partners, they are announced by e-mail to HTM students via the HTM listserv
    • You should also search the Listserv Archive at your convenience at http://listserv.cofc.edu to gain more insight on the internships available each semester
  • Participate in the Internship Information Session available here:
    • Preferred Method: In-Person Session Times & Signup Link found here
    • Internships Informational Session
    • Please make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator if you participate in this session and still feel you require additional assistance.

Additional Resources to Explore:

  • Attend Career Networking Events
  • Attend resume, cover letter, and interviewing workshops – see the School of Business Student Success Center or Career Center websites for more information.
  • Research for opportunities on your own.
  • Search the HTMT-listserv at https://listserv.cofc.edu to explore past internship opportunity postings, including postings by particular hosts or industry-specific postings
  • SEARCH the Student Success Center's Handshake site for job postings.
  • EXPLORE outside job/internship search engines like Campus Career Center and MonsterCollege.
  • RESEARCH companies on your own. It is unlikely that every company has an internship position or program.  Research online to find other companies in the industry you find appealing.  Try to find a point of contact with whom you may speak about internships.  The human resources department and the company receptionist are good places to turn for guidance when inquiring about internship opportunities.  
  • TALK to relatives, friends and mentors for ideas regarding internship placements and inquire about possible connections they may have. 
  • VOLUNTEER with an organization in order to get your foot in the door, and use that connection to create an internship opportunity for yourself. 
  • READ industry publications in your career field of choice.  If a company initiative or project is appealing, contact the company and find out who manages that particular area for the company.  Send a resume and cover letter referencing the project and ask if there may be room on the team for an intern.
  • Make an appointment to meet with the HTM internship coordinator for assistance in finding an internship.
  • VISIT the Student Success Center in Beatty 100.  There are many resources on different local internship programs available for students to peruse. 

INTERNING ABROAD: As the distinctions between borders are fading within our global society, experience abroad is becoming increasingly more important. Interning abroad can not only open your eyes to a new culture but help you to gain a competitive advantage. If you are interested in pursuing an international internship: contact  the School of Business’ Global Studies Education Coordinator in the Student Success Center, or schedule an appointment with Professor Clement to begin discussing the options and resources available to you.

Listed below are some popular international internship resources.  Thoroughly investigate these companies to ensure your experience will be a good one.  These companies are not endorsed by the School of Business, but serve as a reference for your convenience: