Retailing and Tourism Management students are required to complete a 6-credit hour summer course taken at the end of their junior or senior year. The program requires each student to complete an 8-week supervised internship at an instructor approved location. Interns are placed at sites both nationally and internationally. The internship is focused on student’s career interest which may include, but are not limited to, retail management, product development, marketing, buying and sourcing, customer relations, event planning, fashion journalism, lodging, food and beverage establishments, theme parks, and hotel management. The internship is the final step in providing our students with real-world experience!
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment holds a yearly Networking Dinner for Retailing and Tourism Management students where employers and recruitment representatives are invited to set up a booth and meet student participants. Students are required to sign-up in advance for the dinner and networking session. Before the event occurs, those employers and recruitment representatives are given a “Resume Book”, which is compiled of resumes from all students in attendance. The networking portion of the event is setup like a career fair, where students are able to freely walk around and talk with employer representatives of companies. This event is a great way for students to expand their connections and get their foot in the door for internships and job offers after graduation!
2104 Employers at the Networking Dinner: Nordstrom, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency Lexington, O ’Charley’s, Marriot, Target, Follett, Residence Inn, TMI Hospitality, Mulberry & Lime, The Club at Spindletop Hall, Boone Center, Bluegrass Tours, Polkadots & Rosebuds Interiors, Kohl’s, and Red Mango.
Internship: Target; Lexington, KY
Major: Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
“I would advise future students to take LOTS of notes as you go!!! I filled up almost half a notebook in the first two weeks and just writing it down helps you remember things better even if you don't ever look at it again, although I suggest you do!! Target has one of the best internships I have heard of. It is the only one I have been a part of, but they really set you up for success. I would 100% recommend it to anyone and everyone. Over the summer I learned that your career is not about making friendships; it is about being respectful and kind to fellow employees but also demonstrating courage and handing out tasks appropriately. You do not want to be a drill sergeant but still want the respect to know that if you ask someone to do something they will take it seriously and accomplish it with flying colors.”
Internship: Spruce Meadow; Calgary, AB
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
“My day consists of planning and working various corporate events, weddings or horse shows depending upon the season. Every day is a bit different and brings new challenges, which I am always excited to face. I feel that the knowledge I obtained in classroom settings has given me a good base that I can build upon to make it more specific for my career path. I would tell students to make sure you do your homework on the company before you begin. Know what their reputation is as well as the strengths and weaknesses that they have. Take the time to learn everything that you can, whether it is on or off the clock in order to make yourself a more enlightened individual and a greater asset to the company. The main thing I learned this summer was that above all, a sincere smile and a good attitude can make any situation better.”
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Where Have Our Students Interned?
Both MAT and HMT students have worked for several amazing organizations. Our students have done internships anywhere from Los Angeles to New York City, below is a list of other places our students have interned.
Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles Internships:
- Diane von Furstenberg
- Old Navy
- Crate & Barrel
- Victoria’s Secret
- Guess Corporate Headquarters
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Badgley Mischka
Hospitality Management and Tourism Internships:
- Yum! Brands Meetings and Events
- Hyatt Regency
- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Spruce Meadows
- Disney World
- Jimmy John’s
- Marriot Griffin Gate
- Coba Cocina
- Hilary J. Boone Center
For students who are currently enrolled in MAT 490 or HMT 499, the following links are forms you will need to complete before the beginning of your internship.