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  • Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality

    • Academic Center North
    • Tel: 610-499-1101
  • Jeffrey C. Lolli, Ed.D, CHE, CHIA

Cooperative Education: Tourism and Hospitality Management

Your degree will lead to career opportunities in a region with rich ties to the tourism and hospitality industry. With close proximity to Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C., you will have countless opportunities to trade in-class lectures for real-world experiences.

Summer Field Experiences

During your sophomore and junior summers, you will step into two distinct roles for two unique organizations. You will have a chance to work anywhere in the world, in any area of the industry you desire—as long as you experience more than one area of the industry. When you begin your senior year, you will have earned more than 800 hours of paid real-world experience.

Cooperative Education and Leadership Development Series Program

In this award-winning program, you will prepare for your career through a combination of study-based employment, classroom learning, and self-exploration. You will accumulate at least 600 paid working hours as you solve real-world problems in the tourism and hospitality industry. During the classroom component, you will join a small cohort of students for a weekly leadership development seminar. 


two female students

Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida

Courtney Baron and Claire Maddocks had the opportunity to work full-time at the Ritz Carlton, Naples, Florida, while participating in weekly leadership seminars at Widener University's Main Campus via an e-learning platform. During the semester, they spent time in various guest relations positions and helped coordinate special amenities for VIP guests. Both students accepted full-time management positions in the Marriott Voyage Leadership program upon graduation.

student at union leagueThe Union League of Philadelphia

Jaclyn Hald worked at the Union League of Philadelphia in a rotational intern position. She was exposed to the food and beverage operations, special events, and financial management areas of the club.



female student at ballpark


Linsey Poletti worked at M&T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles, as a catering sales associate. Upon graduation, Linsey joined the ARAMARK team as a full-time sales and marketing manager.