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We are the career services resource center for The School of Hospitality Business.

The Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC) in The School of Hospitality Business serves as the liaison between employers and hospitality business students. We engage with employers across the entire hospitality industry. We coordinate CAREER EXPO and provide career advising to students. Students in The School also complete their two required internships under SIRC’s guidance and supervision. For all hospitality industry jobs and internships, start at SIRC!

Internship Guidelines

A core part of the Hospitality Business degree requirements is the internship component. Students are required to complete two internships: a Level 1 internship and a Level 2 internship. They must be in the hospitality industry. Both internships require working a minimum of 400 hours during a 10-week period with one company. Internships can be completed full time during the summer or part time during the school year. If a student works part time, there is no time limit for completing 400 hours.

Internships must be documented and approved prior to beginning by using the SIRC web application and approval process. At the end of the internship, both student and employer must also complete evaluations through the SIRC web evaluation process. All three forms – approved application and both evaluations – must be completed by the end of the internship, or the internship will not be counted as complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the employer completes the final evaluation and submits it to SIRC.

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Professional Development

SIRC will help you with your:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Offer negotiations
  • Professional dress
  • Interviewing skills

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CAREER EXPO

CAREER EXPO is The School’s longstanding annual hospitality industry career event. Each year, students in The School select the “Industry Partner of the Year,” and an executive from that company presents a keynote address — a highlight of CAREER EXPO. The career fair takes place in the evening, when 80 of the nation’s leading hospitality companies recruit 700+ talented students for internships and permanent positions and sign them up for interviews, which are held the following day. Due to COVID-19, CAREER EXPO will be held on a virtual platform.

Learn about CAREER EXPO

Careers in Hospitality Business

Hotel Operations

Hotel Operations

Hotel Operations

Hotel Sales

Hotel Sales

Hotel Real Estate

Finance and Revenue Management

Finance and Revenue Management

Franchising

Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage

Clubs

Leisure Services

Director and student staff of SIRC pose for group photo in the office lobby of The School of Hospitality Business.

Intern Experiences

Enjoy some highlights from our interns’ experiences working in the industry.

Zachary Crawford is astride a black horse, holding the reins. He is in a grassy field, with wooded hills and a blue sky with clouds visible in the background.

Zachary Crawford

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Phillipsburg, MT

"During my time working at the world’s first Forbes Five Star guest ranch, I learned that luxury service is not grandiose gestures. Instead, it is creating a community for the guests. Stronger connections between the guests and staff lead to better experiences and more memorable moments."
A smiling Shawn Gabriel poses with an armful of lavender flowers in a field of lavender surrounded by green trees.

Shawn Gabriel

Lavender Hills Farm

Boyne City, MI

"My favorite experience so far has been the people I work with. They have taught me so much and have created an amazing family environment to work in."
Foressia Hood poses, arms upraised, outdoors beneath a Great Wolf Lodge sign. She is wearing her uniform and positioned on a sidewalk leading off into a beautiful wooded area.

Foressia Hood

Great Wolf Lodge

Traverse City, MI

"I learned that you cannot make everybody happy, there will always be somebody who is not satisfied with their service, as long as you did the best you could to make their experience, that is all that matters."
A headshot photograph of Vinh Le in a dark suit and tie with a blue background

Vinh Le

Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection

Bay Harbor, MI

"During this internship, I was handling different positions including front desk supervisor, night auditor, housekeeper. I learned how to appreciate my team members and be a good leader."
A headshot photograph of Maddy Davis in business attire.

Maddy Davis

Davidson Hotels and Resorts

Atlanta, GA (Virtual)

"Through the program we progressed from a basic introduction to putting together a final deal thesis of a real hotel backed by our own pro forma, renovation plans, and market analysis. Each week we worked side by side with Davidson's analysts with market research, buildup analysis, supply and demand assumptions, and pro forma inputs."
Professional headshot photograph of Jordan Kelley. She is wearing business attire and standing outside in front of a tree.

Jordan Kelley

Hospitality Technology Research Project

Virtual/Remote

"This internship taught me so much about adapting to sudden and unexpected challenges when working on events, which is truly an essential skill for the industry. It was very valuable to hear from professionals about their experience with transitioning to virtual events."
Brendan Connolly poses in a white tuxedo in front of a fountain.

Brendan Connolly

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Chicago, IL

"During this internship, I had the chance to lead a small team to design and pitch a new restaurant concept. This gave me the opportunity to learn what areas of leadership I am strong in and what areas I want to improve. I also learned what steps need to be taken in order to determine if a restaurant concept will be successful."
Brooke Desormeaux poses in a stylish jacket in front of a lovely old bridge.

Brooke Desormeaux

Hersha Hospitality Management

New York City, NY

"My favorite experience through my internship has been working with the sales team and having one-on-one training sessions with the different team members to learn about the different sectors of sales."
A professional headshot photograph of Ryan Cooper in a dark suit and red tie, in front of a gray background.

Ryan Cooper

Pine Knob Golf Club

Clarkston, MI

"My favorite experience through this internship was strategizing ways to run our business safely for our customers [during a pandemic]. Just yesterday, we had our first outing where we served food. Instead of what we did in previous years, with trays of food, we packaged individual boxes for each player after the outing."
Tyler Moreno poses in his Great Wolf Lodge uniform and a mask in front of a wolf character statue at the property.

Tyler Moreno

Great Wolf Resorts

Traverse City, MI

"By far, my favorite experience with this internship was being put into a supervisor role for several days in each department. This put me responsible for the completion of shift breaks, handling guest situations, and confirming sales reports from employees."
A professional image of hospitality business senior Rachel Powell, pictured outside

Rachel Powell

SIRC Summer Series

Virtual/Remote

"I loved all of the presentations, but my favorite was the first one learning about Forbes 5-star grading criteria from Jennifer Lodge, VP for Forbes. I have always loved luxury hotels and the standards they hold, and to hear from her as well as Aaron Ide, the GM of a Four Seasons property, was fascinating. I was able to connect with both of them and continue to learn from them."

Matthew Fruin

Davidson Hotels and Resorts

Atlanta, GA (Virtual)

"I learned how to build history P&L’s and other financial sheets in order to make accurate projections to gain a better understanding of a particular hotel’s expenses before we acquire the property. My favorite experience was putting together an entire investment analysis presentation and presenting it to the investment committee."
Black and white photo of Amanda Neumann, smiling, in a black dress.

Amanda Neumann

Waverley Country Club

Portland, OR

"My favorite experiences while at Waverley were servicing a six-course wine dinner, attending board meetings, doing rotations around the entire facility, and feeling celebrated while at the intern appreciation luncheon. I also fell in love with the people and and the mountainous landscape of the Pacific Northwest."
Stephanie Juriga poses in a purple dress and sweater outside, in front of a railing, with a pool, palm trees, green grassy field, and blue sky with clouds visible behind.

Stephanie Juriga

Orchard Lake Country Club

West Bloomfield, MI

"Throughout the summer, I was able to gain food & beverage supervisory experience in both a quick service and fine dining setting. I also learned how to use the club’s software system, Jonas, to track reservations for each meal in the club’s dining facilities."

SIRC Leadership

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Authella Collins Hawks

  • Director of Student and Industry Resource Center
    The School of Hospitality Business

Authella Collins Hawks is the director of the Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC) for The School of Hospitality Business. In this role, she provides leadership for the placement of more than 800 students in internships and full-time positions upon graduation for The School. She also represents The School in developing and maintaining relationships with the industry, networking with hospitality business alumni, and participating in industry functions and special events.

SIRC Staff

James Miller

  • Harrison Township, MI (B.A. ’22)

Brendan Connolly

  • South Lyon, MI (B.A. ’21)

Lauren Green

  • Ashburn, VA (B.A. ’21)

Zachary Crawford

  • Orchard Lake, MI (B.A. ’23)

Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program

The Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program pairs students and alumni with similar career interests with each other, both on campus at the annual Homecoming Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program meeting and throughout the year with phone calls and email. The connections made are a win-win, broadening the student’s perspectives and allowing practicing professionals to share insights and “give back” in a way that can help a young person start down a path to success.

Learn about Spartan Sponsors

Contact Information

  • SIRC
  • Eppley Center
  • 667 N Shaw Ln Rm 227
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Phone: (517) 353-9747