Hospitality Management Careers and Internships

Career possibilities

  • Hotel manager
  • Club manager
  • Hotel sales and marketing director
  • Front office manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Corporate dining facility manager
  • School food service director
  • Healthcare food service manager
  • University dining director
  • Caterer
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Food service management consultant
  • Tourism professions
  • University dining management
  • Contract management (Sodexo, Aramark, etc.)

Internship opportunities

As a hospitality management student, you’ll complete a work experience with an Iowa State-affiliated group, such as ISU dining or one of the hospitality units. After you discover where your passion and strengths lie, you’ll find an internship with an external company, honing specific hospitality management skills and creating valuable networks of potential employers.

Internships are available with hotels, caterers, independent businesses,  and country clubs to name just a few of the opportunities you will find.  Contact Carolyn Elbert for more information about the opportunities that await you in this exciting field!

The following are great ways for students to find possible internships:

  • Students research potential internships and employers in two classes: AESHM 111, Professional Development, and AESHM 113, Seminar on Careers and Internships.
  • The College Career Services office maintains a database of potential careers and internships.
  • College of Human Sciences Career Services offers many career planning resources, including one-on-one student consultations.
  • Students can use CyHire to search job postings from companies that contact Iowa State to recruit.
  • Companies such as Marriott and Sodexo visit campus each year.
  • Numerous alumni share opportunities with our students each semester through calls, emails, campus visits, etc.
  • Professional networking opportunities are available to students through NSMH and CMAA conferences.

Past internship experiences

View previous hospitality management student internship experiences in Career Connections.

  • Contact Information

    Human Sciences Career Services
    131 MacKay Hall
    2302 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1178

    Academic Internship Contact:
    Carolyn Elbert

  • Student Internship Video

    Kayla Simpson used a summer internship with Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma to discover her strengths and interests within the area of club hospitality. Video »

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