HRSM programs allow students to study everywhere from Europe to New York to the South Carolina coast. One of the most exciting opportunities involves a semester in China.
The exchange program in Macao gives Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management students a chance to explore and engage themselves in Asian culture and society—two areas that are crucial in today's global business environment. Macao, located just 40 miles west of Hong King, is widely considered to be one of the world's economic and manufacturing hot spots. While in Macao, USC students are enrolled in the Institute for Tourism Studies (IIFT).
This study abroad experience is coordinated by Dr. Rich Harrill, who serves as the director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center at USC.
"By sending our students to Hong Kong or Macao we are giving them the equivalent of a 50-yard line seat to experience and understand globalization. This really prepares them for the global marketplace," he said.
Student Catherine Moore spent a recent semester studying in Macao and describes her time there as a "life changing" experience that was a perfect fit with Dr. Harrill's 50-yard analogy.
Catherine identified two highlights during her time at the IFT. "My favorite class was Development and Management of Attractions which was taught by Dr. Wantanee Sunkitul. He was an amazing teacher who made a three-hour class fly by."
Her second highlight was having a native born IFT Buddy to serve as a translator, tour guide and friend. "I learned about how people in this culture view hospitality and what they think of the US. It was like having a tour guide. My favorite question of the semester was, "Is the United States really like the movies?"
Catherine agrees that is experience truly integrated her classroom work in a setting that made the things she learned come alive for her.
HRSM global opportunities
Dr. Kline confirms that students can choose from a wide range of experiential opportunities throughout the state, country and world, and HRSM continues to search for new corporate partners for practicums and internships and for new study abroad locations.
We've provided key contacts here for friends of the college who might want to explore new internship partnerships, along with a listing of the study abroad locations and contacts sure to tempt any student considering our programs" she said.
Contacts for Internships
Amy Jackson, Internship Coordinator for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management 803-777-2685, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Moody, Internship Coordinator for Retail 803-777-0775, email@example.com
Steve Taylor, Internship Coordinator for Sports and Entertainment Management 803-777-0796, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon McCutchen Internship Coordinator for IIT 803-777-1927,