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.
A common question asked is “Why require two internships?” After graduation, you will assume a management role in the hospitality industry; you must be able to direct and lead employees working in hourly and supervisory positions in a hospitality company. Having work experience will allow you to learn what these jobs entail and what skills are need to perform them. You will also learn about the day-to-day operations of a hospitality company, how it is organized and managed, daily work issues and financial considerations.
Other reasons for the hospitality business internship requirement include:
*An internship that combines areas (1) and (2) is highly recommended and would provide the best experience. Special projects can be added to either (1) or (2).
Both your Level 1 and Level 2 internships must be completed before taking HB 489 Hospitality Business Strategy.
The School of Hospitality Business requires that all undergraduate students complete two internships (work experiences). The Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC), the career services office for The School of Hospitality Business, will assist you in securing and documenting your internship.
Each internship must be a minimum of 10 weeks and 400 hours. Internships can be completed full time during the summer or part time during the school year. If you are working part time, your internship must be completed during consecutive semesters without interruption. International students with an F-1 Visa are authorized to work in the United States to complete these internships under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and approval from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at MSU.
After your employer provides an offer letter, please follow the procedures listed below.
Please remember that you CANNOT work in the United States unless you have approval for CPT or OPT from OISS. The SIRC office and the Office for International Students and Scholars will help you complete and process your CPT. OISS has final approval over all off-campus work, however; SIRC will help you begin the process.
Please contact the SIRC director to discuss your individual situation, or if you have additional questions regarding CPT, contact OISS.