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Connecting top hospitality industry employers with top hospitality business students.

CAREER EXPO is The School’s longstanding annual career event. Professional development workshops and panels presented by industry leaders take place throughout the day.

In addition, each year students in The School select the “Industry Partner of the Year,” and an executive from that company presents a keynote address.

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.

See 2019 Employer List

Information for Employers

Employer Registration

To register for CAREER EXPO, employers must contact shbexpo@msu.edu to receive a private link. For more information, please call (517) 353-9747.

Information for Students

For students, CAREER EXPO begins with professional development workshops with industry leaders speaking on a variety of topics. A highlight of the event is a keynote address given by the Industry Partner of the Year that students have selected. The career fair takes place in the evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with 80 of the nation’s leading hospitality companies represented.

Professional dress is required, and you should bring several copies of your resume to give to recruiters.

Interviewing

On the day following CAREER EXPO, students have the opportunity to interview with companies for various positions. Students should sign up for interviews at the company booths during CAREER EXPO’s open house.

Getting Involved

CAREER EXPO is a student-run event, and there are a number of positions and ways to get involved, such as registering recruiters and fellow students. prior to the fair. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to start the networking process both with your peers and industry, please email shbexpo@msu.edu.

Professional Development Programs

CAREER EXPO Executive Board

Sarah Michelson

  • Executive Director

Kennedy White

  • Director
  • Finance

Sarah Minor

  • Director
  • Industry Registration

Rachel Powell

  • Assistant Director
  • Industry Registration

Christine Scheffler

  • Director
  • Professional Development Programs

Jordan Kelley

  • Assistant Director
  • Professional Development Programs

Zoe Frantzekakis

  • Assistant Director
  • Professional Development Programs

May Liang

  • Director
  • Student Registration

Lauren Green

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Registration

Carrie Blair

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Registration

Bryn Nagel

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Registration

Grace Weng

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Registration

Kyra Alpiner

  • Director
  • Marketing

Blaise Johnson

  • Director
  • Corporate Ambassadors

Jared Chick

  • Assistant Director
  • Corporate Ambassadors

James Miller

  • Assistant Director
  • Corporate Ambassadors

Shawn Gabriel

  • Director
  • Corporate Ambassadors

Byrdie Thagard

  • Director
  • Social Media

Brooke Desormeaux

  • Assistant Director
  • Marketing & Social Media

Nicole Stein

  • Director
  • Data Analysis

Industry Partner of the Year

Hundreds of hospitality organizations from every segment of the industry actively recruit our students for internships and permanent positions. Over the years, many of these same organizations have forged close partnerships with The School, providing guest speakers, sponsorship of School activities, funding for elective courses, corporate products, tours, accommodations and student scholarships.

To recognize industry partners that have demonstrated consistent support over many years and commitment at the highest levels, The School names an annual “Industry Partner of the Year” during CAREER EXPO. We are proud to thank them and again acknowledge the special connection they represent between the hospitality industry and The School.

 

  • Past Recipients
    • 2018 – Hilton
    • 2017 – Mentoring Icon – Billy Downs
    • 2016 – Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
    • 2015 – InterContinental Hotels Group
    • 2014 – Jones Lang LaSalle
    • 2013 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation
    • 2012 – ARAMARK
    • 2011 – Marriott International
    • 2010 – J. Alexander’s Restaurant
    • 2009 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. and their subsidiaries the Venetian and the Palazzo
    • 2008 – ECOLAB, Inc.
    • 2007 – White Lodging Services Corporation
    • 2006 – RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
    • 2005 – The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
    • 2004 – Red Lobster
    • 2003 – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
    • 2002 – Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center