HTM'S Global Work Experience Program

White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) at Purdue University is a global leader in hospitality and tourism education. One important element of the program is the experiential learning opportunities it provides students, both domestic and international.  Our goal is to share information that would assist international students in legally securing hospitality and tourism work experience while in the United States (US), and inform our industry partners on the legal and School requirements when recruiting and hiring international students currently enrolled in our program.

Kudzaishe Sitshebo - Nanjing - Shangri-La Hotel                  

HTM Student from South Africa: Kudaishe Sitshebo, InternshipNanjing Shangri-La Hotel, China                                    


Below, please find the guidelines for our HTM Undergraduate Students and company representatives.

Company Representative Guidelines 

HTM Student Guidelines 

Recruiting and Hiring International Students from HTM Requires One Step:  

If you wish to recruit and hire international undergraduate and graduate (MS) students from our program, please indicate when registering for the School’s Career Fair or when holding an on-campus recruiting day. 

International Global Work Experience Seminar:

White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will host an International Global Work Experience Seminar for undergraduate students pursuing our HTM programs at Purdue.  HTM Graduate (MS) Students are welcome to attend. A similar seminar will be held for HTM Graduate (MS) Students at the end of the fall semester.  The goal of the seminar is to assist domestic and international students in taking full advantage of experiential learning opportunities in the US and around the world. This seminar is optional for domestic students but mandatory for international undergraduate students. In fact, international undergraduate students in the HTM program are now required to attend at least one of these seminars during their time at Purdue. Some information presented at this seminar will be repeated; however, new information may be shared each year. International undergraduate students who miss the seminar will need to meet with our career center coordinator in the HTM Career Center Services, Office Room 128. The seminar will also provide students in HTM the opportunity to network with other students in the program from other parts of the world. 

Fall 2022 -  Temporarily on hold due to COVID-19

  • Date:      To be determined
  • Where:   HTM's John Purdue Room Restaurant, Marriott Hall, Room 101
  • Time:      To be determined
  • Requirements: International Students are required to attend, please find agenda here.

HTM's First International Work Experience Seminar: Fall 2018 - Group Photo

International Work Exp. Global-Grp Pic


HTM Students wanting to register for HTM 202 and/or HTM 302:

International Undergraduate  Students wanting to register for their work experience or internship must attend at least one Work Experience Seminar, along with our departmental HTM 202/302 mandatory Orientation Meeting . For international students who miss the seminar, they will be required to meet with our career center coordinator in the HTM Career Center Services Office, Room 128. 

Students who do NOT attend the seminar; pass the quiz, will NOT be allowed to register for HTM 202 or HTM 302.  

For further details on International Students & Scholars CPT and OPT

Details on overview of CPT: Curricular Practical Training and OPT: Optional Practical Training may be found here.

Center for Career Opportunities & Pre-Professional Advising

Melissa Bol_Novotel Dubai

HTM Student from the United States of America: Melissa Bol, Internship: Novotel Dubai Al Barsha

International Internship Opportunities

Sponsored Internship and Study Abroad in China - Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

This program begins in late May  and ends in late November .  It is a 6 month stay and internship at a luxury hotel in China.  It is open to CSR and HTM students only.   Every admitted student will receive over $38,000 worth of sponsorship that covers room and board in a five-star hotel, international airfare, stipends, and other benefits!  During the program, students will complete an internship within the hotel and take classes for a total of 12 credits towards their plan of study. For more information, read here.

Mallorca Study Abroad and Internship Program - Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

If you want to study Spanish while developing your management skills for future leadership in the tourism and hospitality industry, there’s no setting better than Palma de Mallorca. Please click here for Pamphlet Details. Please contact Professor: Dr. Howard Adler at for details.


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Contact Details:

For information on HTM’s International Work Experience Program, please contact: Ayrielle Espinosa, ISS Liason, Email address -, Office Telephone Number - 765-494-9811.

Meanwhile, for more information on CPT and OPT immigration regulations, please contact: Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS), Email address:, Office Telephone Number: 765-494-5770. 

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