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    A fashion merchandising student in the Department of Retailing prepares for an upcoming fashion show at 701 Whaley in downtown Columbia, SC

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    London Olympics

    The Department of Sport and Entertainment Management sent more than 50 students to intern at the 2012 London Olympics

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    A Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management student interns as park ranger at Congaree National Monument, SC

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Internships

When it comes to getting a job, experience matters. Even with a college degree from a great program, candidates who have practical, industry-specific experience have a huge advantage.

Since our ultimate goal is to help you land the job of your dreams, we designed our curriculum to include at least one (and in most cases two) internship experiences. You’ll learn a lot about the things you love, and you’ll probably learn just as much about the things that you don’t enjoy. But that’s OK, because this is your testing ground to identify the right career path for you. 

Dedicated Support

There is no list of approved positions or a directory of employers to call for internship placements, so in other words, your options are limitless! To help you along the way, there are four internship directors in the College of HRSM. Each director is assigned to a specific area of study, and their one and only job is to support you through this process.

Internship Requirements

  • All undergraduate students in the College of HRSM must complete at least one internship.
  • All internships, regardless of your area, are worth six credit hours, which must be paid for through your tuition.
  • Internships receive a letter grade (they are not pass/fail).
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the employer.
  • Internships can be completed anywhere in the world, as long as there is access to the internet or a way to submit related coursework during the experience.

Program-Specific Requirements

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM)

  • Two internships are required (HRTM 290 and HRTM 495)
    • The first experience is typically during or after your sophomore year, and can be any job in the industry.
    • The second experience is typically taken when you are a junior or senior, and it must be either 1) a managerial or supervisory position, 2) a formal internship program or 3) a rotational experience where you would work at least three areas within the same organization.
  • 400 work hours are required per experience, within the industry related to your major.

Department of Retailing (RETL)

  • Two internships are required (RETL 295 and RETL 495)
    • The first experience is typically during or after your sophomore year, and can be any job in the industry.
    • The second experience is typically taken when you are a junior or senior, and the experience must demonstrate a more advanced level than the first experience.  
  • 300 work hours are required per experience, within the industry related to your major.

Department of Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE)

  • Two internships are required (SPTE 295 and SPTE 495)
    • The first experience is typically completed after sophomore year.
    • The second experience is generally the last requirement completed before the end of your academic career.
  • 520 work hours are required per experience, within the industry related to your major.