HTM undergraduate students are required to complete a hospitality internship (HTM 30200) before graduation. The main goal of this internship requirement is to help students gain industry experience. The HTM faculty considers an internship as a structured and supervised industry experience in which the student is: 1) paid, 2) rotated through a minimum of three functional areas, and 3) completes a minimum of 320 hours for a summer or semester internship.
Students considering doing the HTM 302 internship are required to read the HTM 302 Syllabus and pass the on-line exam before their internship application will be approved.
HTM Internship Opportunities in myCCO
- The student will submit the internship application form with proper signatures by the deadline date.
- The student will submit written reports to the employer upon request.
- The student will abide by all of the rules and policies of the cooperating employer.
- The student will complete two progress reports for the School of HTM during the internship.
- The student will make sure the employer completes the Employer Internship Progress Evaluation Form for the HTM Department during the internship.
- The student will turn in a final report and proof of paid work hours the first week of the semester following the internship to the HTM Career Coordinator.
- The student will participate in a group session facilitated by a faculty member, the semester he/she returns to campus.
- Accepting employment implies an obligation to continue with the employer as per the agreed upon dates of employment and until obligations to the employer have been met.
School of HTM Responsibilities
- The school will inform the students of the advantages of internships within our industry and counsel them on coordination with their academic timetable.
- The HTM Career Center will coordinate interviews and post information to help students become aware of internship opportunities within your organizations.
- The school will monitor student progress with cooperating employers via telephone and personal visits when necessary.
- The HTM Career Center will send two Employer Internship Progress Forms and a letter to the participating employer when the Internship application form is received .
- The school will conduct group sessions for students who are returning from internship experiences.
- The employment time periods should be specified in advance and the employer should confirm in writing the starting date and ending date of the internship. This confirmation should occur no fewer than five (5) days prior to the student's starting date.
- The employer agrees to schedule and employ the student as a full-time worker (with a goal of 40 hours per week) and makes every effort to insure that the employee works those hours. Students are required to work at least 400 hours to receive one internship credit. In addition, if the position requires overtime, the student should be informed of this prior to beginning employment.
- The employer agrees to expose the student to at least three functional areas during the internship. Significant time should be spent in each area so the student can be knowledgeable within each area. The HTM internship faculty advisor can provide additional information on possible rotations.
- The employer should make every effort to provide the student with access to training material used in the operation.
- The student should be placed under the direct supervision of one person such as, general manager, training director, personnel director, internship coordinator or other appropriate person so the student's progress can be monitored. This individual would be responsible for completing two evaluations during the internship. Due dates for evaluations are on the Employer Internship Progress Form. A company progress form may also be used. The employer should counsel and advise the student on his/her progress and offer suggestions for improvements.
- The employer will pay the student a reasonable wage while employed, commensurate with his/her ability, experience, the position and the cost of living in the area.
- The employer will permit the Purdue internship faculty advisor to visit the employer's site or speak with them for the purpose of reviewing the program with the appropriate officials and speaking with students presently at the facility.
- Whenever possible and applicable, students will be invited to attend school meetings and training sessions.
- When applicable, the employer will provide realistic housing and transportation information to the student.
- In the event a student is not performing in accordance with both company and the school of HTM standards, the employer is under no obligation to continue employment. Prior to termination of the internship agreement, the internship faculty advisor must be notified.