Undergraduate Experiential Learning Courses: HTM 202 - Work Experience and HTM 302 - Internship

Coronavirus Update:

While the COVID-19 shutdown has forced the cancellation of almost all summer internships around the country, we have revised our HTM 202 & HTM 302 guidelines for Summer & Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Please find the required documents here: Revised HTM 202-302 Guidelines, HTM 202-302 Proposal Form, Additional requirements. For questions, please contact Maria at poynterm@purdue.edu

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In addition to your academic requirements, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Division of Consumer Science also requires that all HTM Undergraduate students complete two experiential learning courses: HTM 202 - Work Experience which requires an Offer letter for the one position, Employer Progress Report, and is  a Pass/No Pass Course.  The HTM 302 - Internship requires an Application form for the three functioning rotations, Employer Progress Report, and must pass with letter grade of C or better. Both experiential learning courses must be 320 paid hours of employment in the hospitality industry, and may be taken in any order.  The student's Title IX rights will follow them to the employer during their experiential learning courses. 

Students are also required to read our HTM 202-302 Syllabus. They must attend at least one mandatory orientation meeting and pass our on-line 46-question prerequisite quiz before an over-ride may be submitted by their academic advisor for registration. These are good on record for two years. The department strongly recommends that all students register for our HTM List Serve which is an e-blast that students will receive from our coordinator when employers are looking to fill internships, part time and full time opportunities and important departmental information.  Career Fairs are also a great place for students to find such opportunities.  Please note the policy on our No-Show/Last minute cancellations here.  Graduate (Master's) Students are more than welcome and encouraged take advantage of the career center services.

HTM 202/302 Mandatory Orientation Meeting

Please note: If you have not attended a mandatory meeting in the last two years and miss the scheduled meetings in the current semester, you will NOT be allowed to register for your upcoming HTM 202/302.  The mandatory meeting and online quiz are good for two years.

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

When and Where: Due to COVID-19

Please contact Maria Poynter at poynterm@purdue.edu to schedule a time to chat.

Employer Responsibilities

  • Employment time periods should be specified in advance and no fewer than fourteen (14) days prior to the student's starting date.
  • Employer agrees to schedule and/or offer work opportunities to the student such that he/she can fulfill the 320 hour paid work experience/internship. Inform the student of any overtime.
  • Employer should understand, embrace and abide by the student's Title IX rights during employment with their company.
  • Employer agrees to expose the student to at least three functional areas during the HTM 302 Internship. Significant time should be spent in each area so the student can be knowledgeable within each area. 
  • Employer should make every effort to provide the student with access to training material used in the operation. 
  • When applicable, invite students to attend a company meeting or training session.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When applicable, provide realistic housing and transportation information to the student.
  • 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.
  • Students should be placed under direct supervision of one person such as a general manager, shift manager, etc. This individual will be responsible for completing our Employer Progress Report Form.
  • 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.

Student Responsibilities

  • The student will need to register for the HTM/CSR List Serve to receive emails with important information.
  • The student will need to register for the HTM 202-Work Experience and/or HTM 302-Internship.
  • The student will need to submit the internship application form/offer letter with proper requirements by the deadline date.
  • The student's Title IX rights will follow them to the employer during their internship.
  • The student will need to submit six written assignments (HTM 202) and/or three written reports (HTM 302) to Blackboard/Brightspace.
  • The student will need to be sure the employer completes the Employer Progress Report (EPR) Evaluation Form for the HTM Department during the internship.
  • The student will abide by all of the rules and policies of the cooperating employer.
  • The student will need to turn in proof of a minimum of 320 paid work hours (320 paid work hours is needed for each credit hour and pay rate must be equivalent to at least minimum wage).
  • 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/CSR Responsibilities

  • We will inform the students of the advantages of internships within our industry and counsel them on coordination with their academic timetable.
  • We will coordinate interviews and post information to help students beco.
  • We will monitor student progress with cooperating employers.

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