Work and International Experiences

Undergraduate

In addition to academic coursework, SHA undergraduate students complete two 400-hour non-credit work experiences (HF140 and HF240) and one international experience (HF440). These internships are designed to give students practical work experience in the field, exposing them firsthand to the hospitality industry in the United States and worldwide.

It is very important that students understand the work experiences (HF140/240) and international experience (HF440) requirements. More information can be found in the International Experience manual below.

Students must receive approval of their work and international experience PRIOR to beginning each experience. Please see the approval forms HF140/240 and HF440.

Work Experience I (SHA HF140)

The first work experience is designed to give students better insight into the field of hospitality. A minimum of 400 hours in an internship or job within the industry is required. This position is intended to be an exploratory experience in which students begin to understand what segment of the industry. The job or internship must be related to the field of hospitality and students should select an experience which will fit into their future career goals.

Requirements:

  • Complete at least 400 continuous hours working in the same position for the same hospitality employer
  • Obtain a letter from your employer verifying that you worked 400 hours (click here for a sample of what the letter should look like)
  • Register for SHA HF140 after the completion of 400 hours
  • Complete all components of the e-portfolio on Digication (all information will be provided through BlackBoard Learn upon registration for SHA HF140)

Work Experience II (SHA HF240)

The second work requirement will provide students an opportunity to work in a position that involves more responsibility than their first experience. A minimum of 400 hours in an a leadership or supervisory role will give students the background necessary to become a strong candidate for a career position upon graduation.

Requirements:

  • Complete at least 400 continuous hours working in the same position for the same hospitality employer
  • Obtain a letter from your employer verifying that you worked 400 hours (click here for a sample of what the letter should look like)
  • Register for SHA HF240 after the completion of 400 hours
  • Complete all components of the e-portfolio on Digication (all information will be provided through BlackBoard Learn upon registration for SHA HF240)

International Experience (SHA HF440)

HF 440 International Experience is a requirement for all School of Hospitality Administration students. Our goal is to help students to develop important global competencies. SHA students have a global mindset investigate the world beyond their immediate environment; students recognize their own cultural intelligence while being able to communicate their ideals effectively with culturally diverse audiences.

Below you will find an explanation of the options you can use to complete this experience. Please consult your faculty advisor and the Director of Career Services with any questions or concerns for how you will satisfy this degree requirement. Your plan to complete HF440 must be approved by the Marriott Career Center PRIOR to completing it. For those who study abroad it’s posting the paper you write for your internship class, for others, it’s posting a class project and evidence of completing a third semester of foreign. The Marriott Career Center can assist you with this.

The School of Hospitality accepts these methods to satisfy the International Experience Requirement:

1. An approved BU study abroad program that may or may not include an internship

Students are NOT eligible to apply for a study abroad program unless they have completed at least one 400-hour work experience (SHA HF140). This includes the L.A. D.C. study abroad programs for international students only.

2. Another CPT opportunity (international students only)

You can work in the US for HF440. If you worked in the US for HF140 or HF240, you can also choose to use that work experience to also complete HF440.

3. An internship abroad or a structured international trip

A trip with a hospitality/global focus of at least 4 weeks. (i.e. international research trip, international service trip, Disney College Program, Peace Corps, military service, volunteer work with an organization, etc.)

4. Two distinct, short-term, faculty-led international programs

5. Completion of any two of the following activities:

  • One short-term, faculty-led international program.
  • Enroll in a course with global/international focus.
  • An extra semester of the same foreign language beyond two semesters of a foreign language already required as part of SHA degree requirements.
  • Actively participate or engage in a performance or event with an international/global focus.
  • Present a paper at a symposium or conference or participate in a panel on international/global topics.
  • Work with faculty member on a project with an international global theme.
  • Interact with students from outside the United States in a collaborative class project.

After completion of the international experience:

  1. Register for SHA HF440 after you complete the experience. (EXCEPTION: International students must be registered for the course at the time they want to work in the US.)
  2. Create an e-portfolio through Digication to present evidence of completion. What constitutes evidence is to be decided by you and your faculty advisor.

Please read the HF440 Manual for an explanation of the options you can use to complete this experience, the steps to take to do so and what you will need to submit. Please consult your faculty advisor and career services with any questions or concerns, and be sure to fill out the International Experience Faculty Advisor Approval Form along with all relevant signatures.

The Evaluation Process

Career Services will review your completed eportfolio and issue a pass or fail grade. Grades will be submitted to the Registrar no more than 72 hours after the last day of classes for the semester. Late assignments will not be accepted. No exceptions. Plan ahead! If you have previously registered for HF 140, 240 or 440 (or any other courses) and have taken an “I” (Incomplete) or “F”, DO NOT register again. When you complete and submit the required evidence we will process a grade change form to remove the “I” or “F” and post your grade. You must turn in what you are missing to satisfy the “I”, if you do not, it automatically and permanently changes to an “F” after one academic year.

Graduate

In addition to academic coursework, SHA graduate students complete one 400-hour non-credit work experience (HF740). This work experience is designed to give students practical field experience, exposing them firsthand to the hospitality industry in the United States and worldwide. Students typically complete HF740 during the spring semester. Please see the HF740 approval form.

HF740 Graduate Work Experience in Hospitality (0 cr.)

The zero-credit work experience involves 400 hours of relevant hospitality work experience and is required for all graduate students. Practical learning opportunities are available through our various hospitality partnerships, including hotels, restaurants, and other employers.