Ray Kavanaugh Career Center

The persistent pursuit of exceptional professional development

The Ray Kavanaugh Career Center in the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is here to help you take your next giant career leap. Through a customized approach to professional development tailored to your goals, transformational networking opportunities with alumni and industry, and unmatched hands-on learning opportunities in experience innovation, the center offers all the resources you need to propel your passion into a successful career creating exceptional customer experiences.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Student in Purdue Union Club Hotel for LAUNCH program

Learn through hands-on experience

The White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management leverages experiential learning both in the classroom and beyond to immerse you in the industry and guide you toward becoming a leader your field. From internships that are built into the curriculum to White Lodging’s unique LAUNCH Hospitality Immersion Program, the school offers a variety of opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience, fast-tracking your career.

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Connect your education with industry

From Marriott International Inc. to PepsiCo, Charles Schwab to Nordstrom, we have developed strong relationships with industry partners around the world. Through individualized career development and abundant resources, we’ll help you build your network of like-minded professionals and develop highly sought career skills.

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HTM students in Italy

Take part in global experiences

As a global leader in transformative education, we want to help students maximize global learning opportunities. In addition to connecting domestic students with international internship opportunities, we also can help international students overcome the unique challenges with internships and legal requirements through our Global Work Experience Program.

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Find your ideal career

Ready to take your next giant leap toward a rewarding career? Whether you strive to create exceptional experiences in hospitality and tourism management, connect customers to the solution they need in selling and sales management, help clients achieve financial security in financial counseling and planning, or redefine the shopping landscape in retail management, the next step in your career journey starts here.

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Take your degree above and beyond

Below are some popular routes students in the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management choose to get the most out of their majors.

Many of our majors prepare you to earn certifications that can enhance your career. Below are the certifications that you may have opportunities to pursue:

The following certificate programs at Purdue are frequently paired with HTM majors.


In addition to HTM’s event and meeting management and international studies minors, there are a variety of minors at Purdue that can help you enhance your major:

  • Management
  • Real Estate
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Foreign languages

It’s cool seeing the learning match up like that, and I think that’s when I knew I was in the right place, when the things I was seeing in real life in my job settings were matching up with the things I was hearing in the classroom.

AJ Falk

HTM alumnus