The experienced faculty at Niagara University know firsthand about the importance of building a student’s work experience, network, and resume. For that reason, the College of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management employs an industry program that will help you gain 800 hours of work experience by the time you graduate, all with businesses that can best prepare you for the career you desire. Students, faculty, and staff work hand-in-hand with Niagara’s nationally recognized Career Services staff to place students in paid and academic credit internships. Our college also maintains its own opportunities board, including links to internships, part-time and full-time employment, and scholarships unique to the hospitality, sport, and tourism sectors.
At NU, it all starts with our exploratory practicum program that matches our first- and second-year students with industry partners in hospitality, sport, and tourism. The practicum program allows students to explore different aspects of these industries and start to build a network that can lead to larger and longer internship and co-operative work experiences.
Students also gain industry hours through NU’s well-regarded and long-standing programs in Italy, Peru, and at businesses such as Disney Resorts, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and with major hoteliers both near and far. As a top-ranking member of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), our students have access to summer internships at more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs.
Niagara’s network of over 1,000 alumni in the hospitality, sport and tourism industries are actively mentoring current students and finding avenues for them to gain more industry hours and work experiences. Relationships with numerous professional associations give our students a competitive edge when finding valuable internship opportunities for students.
Best of all, NU is positioned to provide financial support to students completing work abroad or internships programs. Due to the generous support of our alumni, Niagara students can seek financial assistance to participate in our international work experiences or offset the costs of local or national summer internships. Additionally, generous grants from the Statler Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation ensure that all NU students will have opportunities to gain the necessary work experiences they need in hospitality, sport, and tourism.