|Discover your passion through internships.|
College is the time to discover the career path that excites and motivates you. One of the best ways to do that—and gain valuable real-world experience in hospitality—is through Hilton College's internship program. Our program gives you the chance to try out different jobs in various sectors of hospitality, while using the knowledge you've learned in the classroom, to gain the experience that will look great on your résumé. The opportunities are virtually limitless!
With industry relationships 40 years in the making, Hilton College has contacts in every sector of the hospitality industry, and that means a wide variety of internship opportunities for you. From hotel operations and restaurant management to gaming and tourism, we can find an internship that's right for you—or create one! You also can earn course credit for your internship.
Applying for an Internship
To apply for an internship, you generally must meet the following requirements:
The first step in applying for an internship is arranging a 20-minute meeting with the director of Placement Services the semester before you would like to start your internship. You will also need to email a copy of your résumé to the director of Placement. Please contact Lori Osborn at 713.743.2423.
Next, submit the online application.
During your initial meeting, the director will help you determine the types of opportunities that best serve you. At this time, you can choose from existing internships or speak with the director about the possibility of researching internship positions in a specific business, sector or locale. The director will then review your résumé, help you tailor it for a specific opportunity and assist you with the proper application process. These contacts will review résumés and then set up interviews with you directly if you are selected. You are encouraged to apply to multiple companies—both to ensure you get one of your top choices and to receive valuable interviewing experience.
The deadlines to apply for an internship are:
Now that you've secured that internship opportunity, please click here to complete the internship data form. This form provides important information for the College related to internship trends in various segments of the industry.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do internships last?
Internships typically are about 3-6 months and can be held in the fall, spring or summer semesters.
How much do internships pay?
Most internships are paid positions with an hourly wage ranging from $8 to $12 per hour, although some are unpaid. To find out the pay for a specific internship, consult the internship coordinator.
Can I still attend class while participating in an internship?
Yes. Most internships during the fall and spring will require 20 hours per week, with a few requiring 40 hours per week. Summer internships require 40 hours per week. Employers will accommodate a student's class schedule, and online courses are available to those students who would like to accept an internship outside of Houston while continuing their studies.
What does an internship entail?
Each internship is unique, but most fall into one of these categories:
1. Rotational: Students rotate through a variety of jobs in different departments to learn all aspects of a hospitality operation.
2. Project-based: Students work on a specific project.
3. Concentrated: Students focus their time in one particular area or department.
Is it possible to get a job with the company I intern with?
An internship is not a guaranteed ticket to employment, but many of the businesses that offer internships are interested in attracting—and testing—future employees. Businesses that observe a student working successfully as an intern are more apt to hire that student than a student who has not yet worked with the company. So if you do a good job, there is definitely the possibility of future employment.
How do I find out about available internships?
Subscribe to the College's ListServ for announcements about the latest internship opportunities available. Internship opportunities will also be listed here.
A Competitive Advantage
By listing internships and work experience on your résumé, you will have a distinct advantage over those who only have classroom "experience." You'll understand the basics of the job before you come on board, and employers will appreciate your working knowledge. A paycheck—and course credit—for what is guaranteed to set you apart from the competition? Not a bad investment. Learn more from our director of Placement Services today!