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Beyond the Classroom

department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Put your knowledge to the test.

Apply your classroom skills and ideas to
on-the-job situations and challenges. Pick up real-world experience. Prepare for your future. Get ready to shine—your success awaits. 

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The experience you need for the career you want.


  • Gain experience in your field with real projects, customers, and employers
  • Improve chances of gaining employment after graduation
  • Explore careers and gain realistic expectations
  • Receive support from Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Apply classroom theories to the work environment and gain insight to future class topics
  • Grow your network and establish valuable references


Your advisor and a faculty mentor will help you have a beneficial experience where you can earn academic credits and gain real-world business experience.

Sample Internship Venues

  • Bakeries and restaurants
  • Catering companies
  • Event planning companies
  • Festival and music venues
  • Hotels and bed and breakfasts
  • Resorts and travel destinations

One of the benefits of a hospitality and tourism management degree from Purdue Fort Wayne is location, meaning where you get to learn. You’ll have the opportunity to take classes inside the Purdue Fort Wayne Holiday Inn, which we have access to as a teaching resource. This will help you better understand and contextualize the concepts and theories of your courses.

The hotel and our teaching facility will also give you the opportunity to engage in what’s called craft-based learning. The concept is that we use the craft as a base for learning essential operational skills—but you will also learn leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills needed to be successful.

The Holiday Inn is not a training hotel. It is a real hotel with real guests, and it is operating as a for-profit business. Holding classes here means you will get firsthand contact with the real world of hospitality. This, in turn, creates a unique academic program. But this also means that you are required to adopt a professional attitude and appearance. What better way to dive into your future career than to do it while you learn?

Turn Italy into your classroom for two weeks, earning three credits toward your degree in the process. Your trip will focus on the intriguing food culture of Italy. You will see, feel, taste, and explore real Italian foods. You’ll also work with a small, local Italian company owned by Michela and Giovanni to participate in experiences not available to the average traveler to Italy.

Take a look at all the highlights and how to get more information:

Excursions to Ancient Hill Towns and Villages
Go off the beaten path and explore foods of Tuscany and Umbria.

Extraordinary Activities
Spend a day with a truffle hunter and his trusted dog, and walk in the Apennine Mountains to look for and learn about this rare gift of nature.

Cooking Class with Award-Winning Chef
Enjoy a day that begins at the market with the chef, followed by an afternoon cooking class based on classic seasonal dishes, such as bringoli, salsiccia alla brace, and panzanella.

Visit Wine Estates
Gain appreciation of the art and science behind the production of vino. 

Meet the Cheese Maker
Discover the secrets of Italian cheese. Then move on to making artisan bread, pizza, pasta, gnocchi, and sausages. You’ll also learn about olives and how they are pressed to give the very best oil. 

For more information, reach out to the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at [email protected] or 260-481-6562.

Registration Information
Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies
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What’s Included?

  • Airfare
  • Lodging (three to four per room)
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Travel health insurance
  • Planned activities and events
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Find internships and job opportunities.

Your time at Purdue Fort Wayne is about more than the basics of passing a class—it’s also about preparing you for a future that you are striving for, a career you’re passionate about. With Handshake, you can find internships and job postings to get a head start on building an impressive résumé. 

National Organizations

National Restaurant Association

Join this organization to stay informed about the latest issues impacting the restaurant and food-service industry.
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Club Management Association of America

This is the largest professional association for club management professionals. By joining, you’ll have access to the resources you need for efficient and successful club operations.
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American Hotel and Lodging Association

This association proudly serves members who represent every segment of the hotel and lodging business across the country. They are the singular voice that brings together and represents the industry’s multitude of constituents.
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Study Abroad

The world is your classroom.

We live in a global economy, so business majors need a keen global awareness and cultural appreciation. You’ll be able to hone these skills in our special studies in international business course and by studying abroad.