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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • Recruiters from Marriott International speak with students at the College of HRSM Experience Expo.

Corporate Engagement

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) is dedicated to growing opportunities for students, industry thought leaders and employers to make valuable connections.

Industry expertise, experiential learning and career development are hallmarks of the College of HRSM’s education programs. Corporate engagement plays a vital role in helping our students launch their careers. Working together, we are preparing the next generation of leaders and shaping the future of hospitality, tourism, retail, sports and entertainment.

Corporate engagement provides opportunities for companies and professionals to:

  • Recruit talented interns and employees
  • Help develop highly-qualified, career-ready graduates
  • Build company recognition on a large college campus
  • Share insights, experiences and mentorship

How to Work with Us

Get in Touch

Send an email to to get in touch with a member of our corporate engagement team.

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Erica Lake, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Dean for Opportunity and Engagement / Director of Corporate Engagement
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Erica Lake has many years of experience building relationships with employers and helping them to connect with University of South Carolina students for internships and full-time positions. Prior to Lake's work in the college, she served more than eight years as the associate director for employer relations for the USC Career Center.

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Yiming (Krystal) Qi

Program Coordinator
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Yiming (Krystal) Qi received her bachelor's degree in hospitality management with a minor in event management from the University of South Carolina in May 2022. Qi worked with Sree Hospitality as a guest care associate before beginning her new role with HRSM as a program coordinator.

Dean's Partners

  • Belk logo
  • CVS logo

Leadership Partners

  • Delta Airlines logo
  • Kohl's logo

HRSM Partners

  • Boca West Country Club logo
  • Chick-fil-A West Columbia Saluda Pointe logo

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