Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality
- Academic Center North
- Tel: 610-499-1101
Jeffrey C. Lolli, Ed.D, CHE, CHIA
- Program Coordinator
- Tel: 610-499-1109
Experiential Learning, Tourism and Hospitality
Marriott Dining Room
Tourism and hospitality management students host a weekly dinner series to develop their management and leadership abilities. Watch video.
Experiential learning is central to the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality.
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.
Recent employment locations for our cooperative education students include:
- Aramark at Citizens Bank Park
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- The Union League of Philadelphia
- Hilton Inn at Penn
- Philadelphia Cricket Club
- Sodexo at Campbell Soup Co.
The Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality houses state-of-the-art facilities for hands-on learning in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room. Students have an opportunity to manage the dining room, as well as work each position in the operation as part of introductory and advance courses that includes both a bistro and fine dining experience.
Seniors in the co-op program annually work along with freshman to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the Salvation Army. “You’re giving back to the community,” said Courtney Waselik, a tourism and hospitality alumna. “That’s a main part of why I chose Widener. It’s a staple in Widener’s mission.”
Tomorrow’s successful hospitality leaders 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 a competitive edge in the marketplace. Read more about our global learning opportunities.
Through continued relationships with our alumni and professionals in our network, students get face-to-face time with industry leaders both on campus and in the field. We're also proud to say our connections help us place the vast majority of our students in full-time jobs upon graduation.