Students apply classroom knowledge through required internships in Central Oregon’s world-class resorts, restaurants, lodging, brew pubs and hospitality technology industry. There are three required internships that students complete while earning a hospitality management degree.
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When OSU-Cascades assistant manager of dining Kirsten Weiss was asked to turn the coffee bar on campus into a student-friendly cafe, the hospitality management student knew she had found the perfect internship project. Over the summer, Weiss analyzed sales data, met with coffee vendors, designed the space, reimagined the menu and trained the staff. When Study Grounds opened this fall, it was a hit. Learn more
Heather Mullaly knew she wanted a career in the hospitality industry, and went on a search to find a program to match her passion. She chose OSU-Cascades for its location in a thriving resort town. That turned out to be the right decision. Heather interned at three locations including the Oxford Hotel. The internship led to a full-time job offer before graduation. Heather is now a marketing coordinator with Oxford Corporate and proud to tell the stories of this boutique hotel group.
"I completed my first internship this summer with The Pine Ridge Inn, working with social media marketing and the housekeeping department. I learned how to devise a marketing strategy and constantly evolve it with a business’ customers, and how an explicitly clear job description leads to higher employee performance and morale," said Tyler Spragg, '18.
Jenna Hanshe, '18, had always worked in restaurants growing up on the east coast. She moved west and was one of the first students to enroll in our hospitality management degree program. At Brasada Ranch, she gained management experience interning as a food and beverage supervisor. Now she’s back on the east coast, in New York City, working as a manager at one of its hottest restaurants.
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