Through the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality’s work and internship programs, students get the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Hands-on training in the form of work and internship experience will help you explore your passion for the industry while giving you a major edge over the competition.
As part of the college’s commitment to integrating management theory and industry practice, our students are required to fulfill 1,000 hours of work experience at a verifiable hospitality-related job. Work can be completed at any point during the year—anywhere in the world—in an industry segment of the student’s choosing (e.g., hotels, restaurants, convention spaces, arenas, etc.). We process approximately 2,000 work experience verifications very year.
In light of the impact of COVID 19 on the availability of work for students, Work Experience requirements are subject to change as circumstances evolve. Click above for general information and requirement updates. Note: Work experience has been adjusted for seniors graduating in August 2021. Please click here for requirement updates.
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Each year, an average of 600 Hospitality College students expand their professional development by participating in hospitality internships throughout the US or in their home country. Internship work experience is combined with a 3-credit online course, offered each fall, spring, and summer semester.
There are three courses that satisfy the internship requirement: HMD 450, HMD 400, or HMD 251. Which course students take depends on their degree program. To determine eligibility, please contact the Boughner Center below.
Upcoming Internship Program Dates
Summer 2021 Application Deadline: May 24 | Program Dates June 7 - August 7 Fall 2021 Application Deadline: August 9 | Program Dates: August 23 - Dec 7
Are you struggling to find an internship due to COVID-19's impact on the industry? In an effort to assist seniors on their path toward degree completion during this difficult time, an alternative to HMD 450 has been approved.
Please visit the link below to learn more about HMD 450 and HMD 455 - the alternative course.