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 2018 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.

Booth Shipping Information

If you plan on shipping your booth and other materials, they must be sent to the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and not to The School of Hospitality Business. Your mailing label should read:

CAREER EXPO
“Company Name”
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

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.

CAREER EXPO Executive Board

Mikaela Smith

  • Executive Director

Nick Marshall

  • Director
  • Finance

Kirby Homer

  • Director
  • Industry Registration

Lizzie Rupinski

  • Assistant Director
  • Industry Registration

Mackenzie Sappe

  • Director
  • Professional Development Programs

Christine Scheffler

  • Assistant Director
  • Professional Development Programs

Sarah Michelson

  • Assistant Director
  • Professional Development Programs

Kiara Bills

  • Director
  • Student Engagement

Blaise Johnson

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Engagement

Zoe Frantzeskakis

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Engagement

May Liang

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Engagement

Bryan Zhao

  • Assistant Director
  • Student Engagement

James Koenig

  • Director
  • Ambassadors

Jessica Langeneker

  • Assistant Director
  • Ambassadors

Ellie Olszewski

  • Assistant Director
  • Ambassadors

Kyra Alpiner

  • Assistant Director
  • Ambassadors

Ashley Simone

  • Director
  • Marketing

Byrdie Thagard

  • Assistant Director
  • Marketing

Sarah Minor

  • Director
  • Social Media

Madison Skornicka

  • 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.

2018 Industry Partner: Hilton

  • Past Recipients
    • 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