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If you have completed 70% of your degree classes and are looking for an internship, be sure to read all the information on this “Internship” tab. There is also a link to Internship Opportunities here. These opportunities are from companies sending us requested positions as well as listings that previous interns have held. Also, please note that if you are asking companies about internships, they will sometimes not call them internships, but positions or jobs.
You can take an official internship, a position or a job but you need to explain that you would like to work in or cross train in a couple of areas so that you can use the position for your internship at ACC.
The work you do needs to include the opportunity for you to learn in areas that are supervisory or management oriented, or are positions you would like to learn more about. An Internship position differs from a job or position in a couple of significant ways. An internship can be paid or unpaid, depending on the company offering the position. An intern works with management to try out different areas of the work place and focuses on understanding management issues. So for example, in a hotel internship, you might work several departments of the hotel (housekeeping, front desk, banquets, restaurants, etc.) so that you can see the opportunities and challenges each department faces. In a job or position, you would simply perform the work related to that one position. Another example might include working with a catering company. An intern would work with management to help in various areas of the client interaction – perhaps sitting in on client meetings, working through the schedule and planning process, helping at the event, and participating in the event wrap up and closure. If you were only working a job or position, it might limit you to only one part of this process, such as helping with the catering of the event. Therefore, this internship is your opportunity to understand and experience a larger scope of work and begin understanding the management functions. Talk with your internship supervisor about the various things you will be doing and be sure they understand you will want to be involved in a larger scope of work.
If you have begun your internship, you can begin accumulating hours toward the course as of three weeks before the semester begins. If you have not begun, you will need to begin your internship by the second week of the semester.
Forms will be provided on the first day of class that will include your Work Log, Internship Agreement Form, FAQ listings, and a schedule of the modules we will be completing in class. If you need these forms before the semester begins, they are under the tab on the course Blackboard page if you have registered. Please see the note below in regards to the ACC Internship Approval Form that must be completed.
important information about the course
Class Period and Class Work:
In addition to the work students do at their internship employment location, there are five scheduled on-campus required classes that are 1 1/2 hours long. The class meetings schedule for the semester is listed in the notes section under the ACC Schedule listing.
*Note: In the class syllabus, you are asked to purchase a book called StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath. You will need to buy a new book due to a testing code in the back of the book that will be used. (So a used copy of the book will not work.) Additionally, you will need to complete 240 working hours in your internship throughout the semester.
I am looking forward to having you in the Internship course. If you have questions, please contact the hospitality
Liz Hundley, CMP
Department Chair, Programs of Hospitality Mgmt and Meeting & Event Planning
** Completing the Required Internship Approval Form:
Completing the Required Internship Approval Form:
Accessing the Internship Agreement -The internship agreement can be completed 2 ways:
- Via our online form through: Internship Agreement Form
- The online form is a 3 step process initiated by the student.
- The order is student, faculty and employer. In order for the form to be received by the instructor or employer the student must first complete their section of the form. This section asks for demographics and the instructor/employer contact information or email.
- Students must use their ACC gmail when entering their email information
- The form will not accept an email address that is not in the ACC gmail format
- Once the email address for the instructor and employer has been entered and submitted section 2, the instructor section, is automatically sent out. The employer will be the last individual in the chain to receive the internship agreement.
- All parties will receive a digital copy of the completed agreements
- OEL will have records for all internship agreements available for department records