Internships / Externships
The goal of TISOH is to provide each of its students with an education that is career-oriented, practical, and current. This exceptional school is staffed with a credentialed faculty of industry professionals, a claim that few other hospitality schools can make. TISOH strives to give its students a competitive advantage once they enter the job market by providing them with unique opportunities to learn the latest in relevant skills, develop contacts through networking, and build formidable resumes. The internship/externship experience allows students do all this while actively participating in a real hospitality setting.
An externship is both similar to and different than an internship in many respects. Externships are learning experiences where the student is meant to observe an industry professional, rather than complete work of their own. Externships place a higher emphasis on learning, and networking, whereas internships tend to put more emphasis on actively using the skills learned in class in the workplace. As externships tend to be shorter, students have the opportunity to gain experience with a variety of companies and careers. This allows students to gain a clearer idea of what areas, jobs, companies, or venues they are most passionate about working with.
Externships are unpaid and meant to give the student a short burst of experience in a particular field of study. They are often similar to job shadowing in that students work closely with industry professionals as they go about their daily work. This type of environment lets students gain a better understanding of the tasks faced by industry professionals on a daily basis. Externships also create the perfect setting for students to ask questions regarding certain aspects of the industry as a whole, and job specific duties.
Like internships, externships also allow students to create contacts that will become vital to their career development and possibly even gain a mentor who can help to guide them as they enter the world of professional hospitality. In order to finalize most TISOH programs, students are required to successfully complete an externship. This allows students to gain invaluable on-the-job training to complement their TISOH classwork, helping them to see how everything they have learned in the classroom applies to an actual hospitality setting.
Finding an Externship
TISOH offers programs in Meeting & Event Planning, Concierge, Hotel Operations, and Wedding Planning. Most programs require 15 to 30 hour externships, helping students to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen field. These externships must be completed off campus, in an approved, professional hospitality setting. As the school is uniquely positioned in Las Vegas, a well-recognized hospitality capital, most of the experiences are located there.
From casinos to high-end resorts, and a wide variety of entertainment venues, Las Vegas is full of hospitality in action. The TISOH externship program allows students to supplement their education by actually going out into the field and not only witnessing, but actually working alongside the professionals as they plan gala events, perform personalized guest services, run some of the finest hotels in the world, and organize lavish weddings. Each of these externships offers students a firsthand glimpse into what life in the world of hospitality actually looks like – from behind-the-scenes preparations to one on one encounters with customers and clients.
TISOH is happy to support students in finding an externship that meets the specific requirements of their course of study. A dedicated member of the TISOH staff will work with each student to find the right opportunity out of the many exciting options available in Las Vegas at any given time.
For those students who choose to complete their classwork online, there are two options available. Each student will be offered an invitation to spend a few days in Las Vegas in order to complete their externship with a local business. If this option is not possible, students also have the opportunity to complete their externship elsewhere. A dedicated TISOH staff member will work with these students to assess their specific situation, and help find the right externship outside of the Las Vegas market. Wherever the externship is completed, it is bound to leave a lasting impression on the student, paving the way for a successful career in the field of hospitality.
The Value of Real Life Experience
The faculty members at TISOH are top industry professionals, as well as being certified hospitality educators. However, the school knows the value of not only learning from professionals, but seeing them at work in real life situations. For that reason, the internship/externship experience is an invaluable part of the TISOH education. Students are able to see firsthand how their classroom learnings can be applied to an actual hospitality setting.
As with every aspect of a TISOH education, the internship/externship experience is aimed at preparing the student to stand out after completion of the program and when initially entering the job market. In some sense it provides students with a head start on their career, allowing excellent opportunities to network and work with industry professionals. When a student walks away from an externship, he or she does so with a greater knowledge of what lies before them and a greater confidence in their own ability to meet any future challenges.