Select the type of experience that you believe is most appropriate for meeting your professional objectives. Remember, if you wish to be a restaurant manager, you will not want to have all of your experience be in hotel housekeeping and front desk management. Remember also that having a variety of work experiences is useful. Completing an internship away from home and away from campus is an excellent way to demonstrate your mobility. This will show prospective employers that you are self-reliant, independent, etc.—all positive traits within the hospitality industry.
The internship should support or complement your educational objectives. As you consider each internship option available to you, you may wish to ask yourself how that choice would “fit” your concentration. Also, ask yourself if you are personally and professionally prepared for field experience. If it is truly to be a worthwhile experience, the choice must be based on more than just choosing Florida in the winter or the mountains in ski season.
When selecting an internship, view it as more than training. A good internship will provide you with an opportunity to affirm (or refute) your chosen career path. Look at the internship as an opportunity to gain a competitive edge on your peers (and in economic times like these, this has become more important than ever). By linking classroom theory with practice through participation in an internship, you're also signaling your commitment to the industry.
Internship Requirements and Grading
Students must obtain employment in an approved position, preferably in their area of emphasis, during or after their senior year. This work experience shall be for a minimum of 600 clock hours (to earn 12 credit hours). A grade of Pass or Fail will be recommended for this course.
The internship is expected to be a complete job experience and should incorporate a wide range of responsibilities. The student is expected to become a working part of the agency and to seek broad experience by observing, reporting, participating, supervising, and managing agency activities whenever possible.
As part of the experience, the intern is required to maintain and submit a written record of the internship. This written record will include a daily log, a bi-weekly activities report and an internship final report. The final report must be typed, double-spaced and be at least 5 - 10 pages in length. The final report must be submitted to the Faculty Internship Supervisor no more than two weeks after the completion of the internship. The faculty internship supervisor must also receive a completed RTM Internship Student Evaluation form completed by the placement site student's supervisor.
The internship grade will be based upon the student's performance relative to the general and specific responsibilities identified in the Internship Contract and the placement site supervisor's evaluation to the Faculty Internship Supervisor.