Undergraduate Experiential Learning Courses

Undergraduate Professional Development Courses

Syllabi are subject to change. Brightspace and this website will be updated as changes occur.

Need a Preliminary Site Approval?

Email the company name, your proposed position, and a short job description to the appropriate faculty instructor below.

HTM Internship Faculty Instructor:

Hospitality and Tourism Management – Dr. Susan Gordon – htm202-302@purdue.edu 

*Each session, a TA may be assigned to assist.

CSR Internship Faculty Instructors:

Financial Counseling & Planning - Dr. Wookjae Heo -heo28@purdue.edu

Retail Management - Kristofer Chang Alexander -kristofer@purdue.edu

Selling & Sales Management - Dr. Catherine Zhang - zhan1309@purdue.edu

*Each session, a TA may be assigned to assist.           

HTM/CSR Students

In addition to your academic requirements, the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management along with its Division of Consumer Science require that all HTM/CSR Undergraduate students complete one to two experiential learning/professional development courses. For HTM Majors:  HTM 202 - Work Experience and HTM 302 – Internship. For majors: CSR 300 – Retail Management, and/or CSR 307 – Selling and Sales Management, CSR 480 – Financial Counseling and Planning.

Students are required to read the syllabi for each course. Students will also have access to our on-line orientation and quiz in Brightspace once registered and Brightspace opens. To ensure a position qualifies before accepting/beginning, please reach out to our career center coordinator (for HTM) or internship faculty member (for CSR)

Our School strongly recommends that all students register for our HTM/CSR List Serve for up to date notifications of open internships, part time, and full time opportunities.  This email and other important professional development updates will come to you from the HTM Career Center.

Graduate (Master's) Students are more than welcome and encouraged take advantage of the Career Center services.

White Lodging LAUNCH Hospitality Immersion Program

LAUNCH is a Hospitality Immersion Program by White Lodging that propels high-caliber University students through real-world experiences to advance a career directly with White Lodging and the broader hospitality industry.

We are looking for great candidates who have a passion for the hospitality industry, and who would love to gain first-hand experience while taking the very best care of our guests! If you are looking to be one of the next leaders in hospitality, this is a one-of-a kind opportunity to start your journey!

We are always looking for interns, preferably 2nd semester Freshman or first semester Sophomore that may work through multiple rotations.

LAUNCH Intern I job in West Lafayette, IN with White Lodging

Summary: White Lodging offers paid, hourly Immersion program at the Union Club Hotel. Participants are assigned various hourly roles in the hotel to learn the responsibilities of that role and about how a hotel operates.


  Career Day 3 2022  Career Day 4 2022


HTM 202/302 Mandatory Orientation Meeting & Quiz Details

All HTM Undergraduate students are required to complete an HTM 202 - Work Experience and HTM 302 - Internship for their degree. 

Effective Summer 2022, students will now have access to HTM's on-line orientation (two short videos), and a 24 question quiz via Brightspace upon registration. For students who have already met our two departmental requirements in the previous system, they will be exempt from needing to complete the requirements in the new system.   

For students who have NOT met our two departmental requirements, and wish to complete an HTM 202/302 for the upcoming semester(s), students may register for HTM 202 or HTM 302 and will have access to our on-line orientation and quiz via Brightspace when it opens.

The objective of these orientation, quiz, and syllabus is to relay important information about our HTM 202/302 internship requirements for students needing to complete their HTM Undergraduate degree.

Please be sure to review our HTM 202/302 Syllabus.

CSR 300/307/480 Mandatory Orientation Meeting Details

Once you are registered for the internship course (CSR 300, 307, or 480) you will be ablet to access the online orientation in Brightspace as soon as the course opens. The online orientation and syllabus quiz will be required in order to access the Site Approval Form.  If you would like to ensure a position qualifies before you accept, contact the correct internship faculty member (listed above).    

Where did our graduates go?

HTM Employment data can be found here.

CSR Employment data can be found here.

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 required hours paid work experience/internship, and inform the student of any overtime.
  • Employer agrees to expose students to functional areas during their 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.
  • 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 or our HTM Career Center Coordinator 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 via Qualtric's link.
  • 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.
  • 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, please contact our HTM Career Center Coordinator.

Student Responsibilities

  • The student is encouraged to register for the HTM/CSR List Serve to receive emails with important information.
  • The student will need to register for their required internship.
  • The student will need to submit the required documents for each required internship
  • The student will need to submit assignments/reports in Brightspace.
  • 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 paid work hours: HTM - 320 paid work hours is needed for each credit hour and pay rate must be equivalent to at least minimum wage and CSR – 140 paid work hours.
  • 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

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

Previous Internship Information

To learn about previous internships completed by our HTM/CSR Students, watch videos one and two.

For previous internships completed by our CSR Students, read here.

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