Experiential Learning, Hospitality Managment
Seniors prepare a holiday meal for the Salvation Army.
Experiential learning is central to the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Hospitality Management.
All undergraduate students complete a total of two paid summer field experiences and a semester of cooperative education employment, coupled with a weekly leadership seminar. Graduate students have the option to complete a summer field experience or continue working during the academic year.
Some of the recent employment locations for our cooperative education students are:
- Aramark at Citizens Bank Park
- Drexelbrook Catering
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Hyatt Chesapeake Bay
- Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
- The Four Seasons
- The Ritz-Carlton Naples
- The Union League of Philadelphia
- Aramark at the University of Delaware
- Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West
- Hilton Inn at Penn
- Philadelphia Cricket Club
- Sodexo at Campbell Soup Co.
- Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
- Philadelphia Airport Marriott
- The Westin Philadelphia
Hospitality Lunch and Dinner Series
The School of Hospitality Management houses state-of-the-art facilities for hands-on learning in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room. Students are required to manage the dining room, as well as work each position in the operation as part of an intermediate course that includes the lunch laboratory and an advanced course that includes the evening dinner series.
Seniors in the School of Hospitality Management co-op program annually prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the Salvation Army. “You’re giving back to the community,” said Courtney Waselik, a senior majoring in hospitality management. “That’s a main part of why I chose Widener. It’s a staple in Widener’s mission.”
Tomorrow’s successful hospitality leaders will need a global perspective, so we work with a number of international partners—in places like Australia, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, Dubai, Spain, and Switzerland—to connect our students with the learning experiences that will give them an edge. Read more about our Global Leadership Program.
Through continued relationships with our alumni and professionals in our network, students get face-to-face time with industry leaders when they either come to campus for a guest lecture or we go to them for site visits and other field trips. We're also proud to say our connections help us place the vast majority of our students in full-time jobs upon graduation.