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Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

Recommendations are intended to help students make the most of their education by providing examples of experiences that can enrich educational experience and illustrate how within and beyond the classroom experiences relate to one another. These are examples and options, not requirements.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact your academic advisor, your internship director or discuss with HRTM faculty.

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
HRSM 301 – HRSM Professional Development Seminar
HRTM 362 – Wedding Planning and Management
HRTM 364 – Conference and Meeting Planning
HRTM 386 – Tourism Festival Planning and Management
HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship
HRTM 564 – Advanced Meeting Management
HRTM 591 – Golf Tourism

Recommended Sites/Experiences

Why this is Important
Serving your community allows you to give back to the industry you are going into, applying the skills you’ve learned in the classroom, and having immediate access to opportunities and make connections with others in your field.

How Students Can Get Started
Students looking for opportunities to be engaged in community service should follow the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management social media outlets to stay updated with College information. Students should contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)
HRTM 344 – Personnel Organization and Supervision
HRTM 370 – Restaurant Food Production Management

Recommended Sites/Experiences

Sample Research or Advocacy Project Topics

  • Sustainability is Hospitality Management (social, economic, environmental)
  • LGBT awareness and issues
  • Immigration
  • Human Trafficking

Why this is Important
Hospitality is a diverse field where students are exposed to diverse populations. Working with diverse populations provides a well-rounded experience to better understand how to work with different stakeholders with diverse backgrounds in their career.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
HRTM 110 – Introduction to Hospitality Industry
HRTM 260 – Hotel Management
HRTM 280 – Foundations of Tourism
HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
HRTM 388 – Resort Development and Management
HRTM 450 – Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship

Timing for Study Abroad
We encourage students to study abroad during their time as a student, but should consult with their academic advisor in advance.  

Opportunities/Destinations

  • Global Festivals
  • Master’s Golf Tournament
  • US Campus Exchanges
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Central America
  • Africa

Why this is Important
Opportunities to study abroad help to expose students (make students aware of) to the global nature of hospitality and tourism and variety of cultures in the world.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Study Abroad Office to learn more about opportunities to study abroad. Students should contact their academic advisor and/or discuss opportunities with HRTM faculty about special opportunities to study abroad.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

Opportunities
HRTM Career and Internship Fair – held each February

Job & Internship opportunities posted in Blackboard throughout the year in the Community Tab: College of HRSM School of HRTM

Why this is Important 
Students are encouraged to engage in entry level and above, and leadership positions within organizations to learn practical knowledge that will be useful in the profession. Students also have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals to build connections for future opportunities.

How Students Can Get Started
Take advantage of opportunities within the College. Students should also contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
HRTM 270 – Quantity Food Production
HRTM 290 – Practicum
HRTM 362 – Wedding Planning and Management
HRTM 370 – Restaurant Food Production Management
HRTM 495 – Internship

Program Internship Requirements 
The College requires students to attend a formal internship information session regarding the following program internships:

  • HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
  • HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship, typically for juniors and seniors

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Students are encouraged to look for internship opportunities worldwide in a variety of businesses including, but not limited to:

  • Hotels/Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Event Planning
  • Bakeries
  • Theme Parks
  • Contract Food Service
  • Dietitians
  • CVB, Chambers of Commerce

Professional Organizations

Why this is Important 
Professional experience working in the industry allows students to transfer what they have learned in the classroom into a practical experience that provides students with a hands on learning experience, establish networks with industry professionals, develop career interests, and possibly secure full time employment upon graduation.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should directly contact the industry location they have an interest in working with to secure their internship. Attendance of the mandatory information sessions, given by the internship director, will provide the student with the needed information and paperwork to secure said internship.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
HRTM 399 – Independent Study

Sample Research Projects or Topics

  • Local foods vs. non-local food preferences
  • Perceptions of craft beer vs. non-craft beer
  • History of icons/symbols in hospitality (ex, pineapple)
  • Food hubs in Columbia

Why this is Important
Students involved in research learn how to make informed decisions with research and professional career goals

How Students Can Get Started
Students should contact their academic advisor and HRTM faculty member who specializes in that area of interest.

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 

  • Online course assignments that relate to their work environment while enrolled in 290 and 495
  • Guest speakers
  • Attend regional and national conferences
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Enroll in GLD/ UNIV401
  • Discover USC Participation
  • Develop industry and faculty relationships
  • Study Abroad
  • Attend HRTM Career & Internship Fair
  • Attend USC Career Fest

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Clubs-private and public
  • Time shares
  • Event management
  • Theme parks
  • Resorts
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Eco tourism

Related Graduate Programs 

  • Master of International Hospitality Management
  • B.A.
  • D. in Hospitality Management

Future career opportunities 

  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • CEO
  • Directors
  • Owners

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom, contact: Dr. Mark Rosenbaum, Chair at marosen@mailbox.sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: COMMUNITY SERVICE

(Note: Community Service focuses on what it means to serve a community and to promote community development.)

Related Course(s)
RETL 250 - Sustainability in Fashion and Retail

Recommended Sites/Experiences


Why This is Important
Students learn how retailers and manufacturers engaged in ‘fast fashion,’ may be contributing to a global over-abundance of textiles. Insights are provided about the increasing need for sustainable production and selling initiatives.

How Students Can Get Started
Enroll in RETL 250

PARTICIPATE: DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY

(Note: Diversity and social advocacy focuses on issues of social justice and challenges that face communities as they relate to ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race, and religion in the United States.)

Related Course(s)
RETL 237 - The Changing Consumer Marketplace

Recommended Sites/Experiences


Sample Research or Advocacy Project Topics

  • Create e-commerce websites that take disabilities and other limitations into consideration
  • Learn how to design retail establishments that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Optimize websites to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Why This is Important
Retail organizations are increasingly facing legal challenges associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
All consumers must receive fair access to value opportunities in the marketplace.

How Students Can Get Started
Enroll in RETL 237

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s):
RETL 485 – Multi-National Retailing
RETL 592 – Retailing/Fashion Merchandising Field Study

Timing for Study Abroad
Students may travel with the Department during Maymester
Full semester travel abroad is also available

Opportunities/Destinations:
Paris
London
Venice
Florence
Milan
Australia
Germany
China

Why This is Important
The fashion and retail industries are global in nature. Study abroad experiences broaden students’ understanding of the industries. During Maymester study abroad, students go behind the scenes and learn first-hand the practical applications of the industry.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact Ashley Richardson at gaskina@mailbox.sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organizations
Cocky Couture
Fashion Board
National Retail Federation

Why This is Important
Employment after graduation: Companies place a high value on students (i.e., future employees) who are active in student organizations.
Meet executives: Student organizations often sponsor and interact with industry executives. There are opportunities to meet one-on-one with industry executives.
Community involvement: Community involvement provides enhanced satisfaction to one’s life. It is also a wonderful way to meet new people.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact Ashley Richardson at gaskina@mailbox.sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Program Internship Requirements
Practical experiences for credit are for all Bachelor of Science in Retailing majors (fashion merchandising and retail management concentrations).
RETL 295 – Retailing Practicum
RETL 495 – Retailing Internship

Why This is Important

  • Coursework is applied directly to the industry and to a specific company
  • Students gain valuable exposure to companies, learn team work skills and develop a network of contacts within the industry

How Students Can Get Started
Contact Dr. Reenea Harrison at rharrison@hrsm.sc.edu.

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
RETL 310 – Digital Retailing

Sample Research Topics
Creating an online commercial business
Creating a non-profit service organization
Working with real companies to improve website design

Why this is Important
Students are encouraged as part of a class assignment to develop their own commercial or non-profit websites and/or to work with real-world companies on improving their website design and search engine optimization.

How Students Can Get Started
Enrollment in RETL 310

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate
There are numerous ways students may integrate research. Examples include:

  • An integrated project is required by all students participating in the internship. This project can be used to examine a problem being experienced by the retailer.
  • Maymester study abroad students (RETL 592) are required to journal about their experiences, travels and what they learned. Students also connect the travels with the coursework.
  • Join and participate in the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities
Many students have received internship and job offers by attending the NRFSA “Big Show” event in January.

Future career opportunities
Buyer
Retail Store Manager
Merchandise Manager
Account Executive/Planner
Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
Luxury Store Management/Sales
Human Resources Professional
Non-Profit Director
Website Design
Customer-focused professional positions: Banking, Insurance, Transportation, Food/Beverage


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GRADUATION WITH LEADERSHIP DISTINCTION

Professional and Civic Engagement

Beyond the Classroom Extensive Experience
Part A:

Complete one semester in a retailing related leadership role. Examples include:

  • Fashion Board Officer
  • College of HRSM Ambassador
  • National Retail Federation (NRFSA) Student Organization Leader
  • Cocky Couture Leadership

Part B:
RETL 495: Internship in Retailing (6 credits)

Enhancement Activities:

  • Attend and actively participate in any one or more of the following events.
  • Fashion Board Finale Show; held every spring semester on campus
  • Fashion Board Reclaimed Runway; held every spring semester on campus
  • Employer Luncheon sponsored by the College of HRSM; offered throughout fall and spring semesters
  • National Retail Federation Conference; held in January
  • Fashion Week Scholarship Opportunity

Course Work:
SPCH 140: Public Communications
HRSM 301: Professional Development Seminar

Presentation Possibilities:
Discover USC; occurs every spring semester on the USC campus
Professional Conference/Meeting; inquire about opportunities with an instructor
Publication; inquire about opportunities with an instructor
Nominated Scholarship Application

ePortfolio:
Begin the ePortfolio in RETL 495: Internship in Retailing
Complete the ePortfolio through UNIV 401 for GLD

NOTE: this is a demonstration of how a student might complete GLD for this pathway with the Bachelor of Science in Retailing major. This is intended as an example. Students may create a path to GLD in many different pathways.

 

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
John Grady, Undergraduate Program Director, jgrady@sc.edu 

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
HRSM 301 – HRSM Professional Development Seminar
SPTE 295 – Practicum
SPTE 444 – Sport and Entertainment Event Management
SPTE 495 – Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management
SPTE 545 – Managing Part-Time Employees and Volunteers

Recommended Sites/Experiences 
Wide variety of local, national, and international site

Why this is Important 
Engagement in these courses and in experiences emphasizes importance of volunteers and use of volunteers in our industry.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Undergraduate Program Director or visit the Leadership and Service Center.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)
SPTE 590 – Special Topics (Selected Sections)

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Wide variety of local, national, and international sites

Why this is Important
Learning about your community and the demographics within helps you understand why sport and entertainment organizations need to be responsive to the communities they serve.

How Students Can Get Started 
Volunteer with a social advocacy organization or at an event promoting diversity and advocacy.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
SPTE 295 – Practicum
SPTE 495 – Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management
SPTE 570 – Special Topics in Global Sport

Timing for Study Abroad 
All Semesters 

Opportunities/Destinations

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia

Why this is Important 
Understanding other cultures and the relationships within reveals how the SPTE major fits within a global environment

How Students Can Get Started
Review the Study Abroad with HRSM website and contact the Study Abroad Office to discuss opportunities.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

Other Leadership Opportunities 
SEVT, College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Coordinators

Why this is Important 
Engaging in leadership opportunities prepares students to practice and refine leadership skills and lead teams. 

How Students Can Get Started
Visit the My HRSM website for more information and contact the listed organizations.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
SPTE 295 – Practicum
SPTE 495 – Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 
13 week, 520 hour full time experience working in industry at a variety of sites (local, regional, national, international)

Professional Organizations

Why this is Important 
Students need experiences if they hope to work in industry following graduation

How Students Can Get Started
Enroll in the listed courses above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
SPTE 399 – Independent Study
SPTE 498 – Research Experience
SPTE 499 – Senior Thesis

Sample Research Topics

  • A comparison of NASCAR sponsorship trends from 1992-2002
  • London Olympics 2012 case study
  • Athlete sponsorship at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Why this is Important 
Acquire skills developing, analyzing, and answering research questions 

How Students Can Get Started
Contact your favorite faculty member who has a similar research interest to you.  

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate - Courses
SPTE 380 – Sport and Entertainment Marketing
SPTE 444 – Sport and Entertainment Event Management
SPTE 590 – Special Topics in Live Entertainment and Sport

How to Integrate - Experiences
Volunteer at Darlington Raceway
Intern at the Masters Tournament
Volunteer with USC Athletics
Intern at the Columbia Blowfish or Columbia Fireflies

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 
Entry Level positions in the sport, entertainment, and venue industries including:

Related Graduate Programs
Masters in Sport and Entertainment Management
PhD in Sports and Entertainment Management

Future Career Opportunities

  • Managerial positions in SPTE- GM
  • Venue Manager
  • UP Sales
  • VP Marketing
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CPO

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact your academic advisor, your internship director or discuss with HRTM faculty.

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
HRSM 301 – HRSM Professional Development Seminar
HRTM 362 – Wedding Planning and Management
HRTM 364 – Conference and Meeting Planning
HRTM 381 – Travel and Destination Management
HRTM 386 – Tourism Festival Planning and Management
HRTM 481 – Analytical Techniques in Tourism and Hospitality
HRTM 482 – Sustainable Tourism Planning and Policy
HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship
HRTM 564 – Advanced Meeting Management
HRTM 591 – Golf Tourism

Recommended Sites/Experiences

Why this is Important
Serving your community allows you to give back to the industry you are going into, applying the skills you’ve learned in the classroom, and having immediate access to opportunities and make connections with others in your field.

How Students Can Get Started
Students looking for opportunities to be engaged in community service should follow the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management social media outlets to stay updated with College information. Students should contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)

HRTM 344 – Personnel Organization and Supervision
HRTM 482 – Sustainable Tourism Planning and Policy
HRTM 485 – Sustainable Tourism                                                                                        

Recommended Sites/Experiences

Sample Research or Advocacy Project Topics

  • Sustainability is Tourism Management (social, economic, environmental)
  • LGBT awareness and issues
  • Immigration
  • Human Trafficking

Why this is Important
Hospitality is a diverse field where students are exposed to diverse populations. Working with diverse populations provides a well-rounded experience to better understand how to work with different stakeholders with diverse backgrounds in their career.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
Any Tourism Management class discuss components of tourism as a global industry. We suggest some of the following courses to further engage in tourism in a global perspective:

  • HRTM 110 – Introduction to Hospitality Industry
  • HRTM 260 – Hotel Management
  • HRTM 280 – Foundations of Tourism
  • HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
  • HRTM 388 – Resort Development and Management
  • HRTM 450 – Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • HRTM 482 – Sustainable Tourism Planning and Policy
  • HRTM 485 – Sustainable Tourism
  • HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship

Timing for Study Abroad
We encourage students to study abroad during their time as a student, but should consult with their academic advisor in advance. 

Opportunities/Destinations

  • Global Festivals
  • Master’s Golf Tournament
  • US Campus Exchanges
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Central America
  • Africa

Why this is Important
Opportunities to study abroad help to expose students (make students aware of) to the global nature of hospitality and tourism and variety of cultures in the world.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Study Abroad Office to learn more about opportunities to study abroad. Students should contact their academic advisor and/or discuss opportunities with HRTM faculty about special opportunities to study abroad.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

Opportunities
HRTM Career and Internship Fair – held each February

Job & Internship opportunities posted in Blackboard throughout the year in the Community Tab: College of HRSM School of HRTM

Why this is Important 
Students are encouraged to engage in entry level and above, and leadership positions within organizations to learn practical knowledge that will be useful in the profession. Students also have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals to build connections for future opportunities.

How Students Can Get Started
Take advantage of opportunities within the College. Students should also contact the Internship Director or discuss opportunities with faculty in HRTM.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
HRTM 290 – Practicum
HRTM 362 – Wedding Planning & Management
HRTM 495 – Internship 

Program Internship Requirements 
The College requires students to attend a formal internship information session regarding the following program internships:

  • HRTM 290 – Hospitality and Tourism Practicum
  • HRTM 495 – Hospitality and Tourism Internship, typically for juniors and seniors

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Students are encouraged to look for internship opportunities worldwide in a variety of businesses including, but not limited to:

  • Hotels/Resorts
  • CVB, Chambers of Commerce
  • Theme Parks
  • Event Planning
  • Travel Agency
  • Park Departments
  • Tour Operators
  • Museums
  • Theaters

Professional Organizations

Why this is Important 
Professional experience working in the industry allows students to transfer what they have learned in the classroom into a practical experience that provides students with a hands on learning experience, establish networks with industry professionals, develop career interests, and possibly secure full time employment upon graduation.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should directly contact the industry location they have an interest in working with to secure their internship. Attendance of the mandatory information sessions, given by the internship director, will provide the student with the needed information and paperwork to secure said internship.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
HRTM 399 – Independent Study
HRTM 481 – Analytical Techniques in Tourism and Hospitality
HRTM 482 – Sustainable Tourism Planning and Policy

Sample Research Projects or Topics

  • Local foods vs. non-local food preferences
  • Perceptions of craft beer vs. non-craft beer
  • History of icons/symbols in hospitality (ex, pineapple)
  • Food hubs in Columbia

Why this is Important
Students involved in research learn how to make informed decisions with research and professional career goals

How Students Can Get Started
Students should contact their academic advisor and HRTM faculty member who specializes in that area of interest.

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 

  • Online course assignments that relate to their work environment while enrolled in 290 and 495
  • Guest speakers
  • Attend regional and national conferences
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Enroll in GLD/ UNIV401
  • Discover USC Participation
  • Develop industry and faculty relationships
  • Study Abroad
  • Attend HRTM Career & Internship Fair
  • Attend USC Career Fest

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Clubs-private and public
  • Time shares
  • Event management
  • Theme parks
  • Resorts
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Eco tourism

Related Graduate Programs 

  • Master of International Hospitality Management
  • B.A.
  • D. in Hospitality Management

Future Career Opportunities 

  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • CEO
  • Directors
  • Owners