Lakeland's hospitality management program has been strong for two decades, and continues to send qualified graduates into exciting, fast-paced careers at resorts, hotels, restaurants and even on cruise ships around the world.
Right in Lakeland's backyard, world-class resorts such as the American Club in Kohler, The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake and Blue Harbor in Sheboygan draw guests from near and far. Internationally renowned golf courses Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run and The Bull are also in the immediate neighborhood. Simply put, internships and long-term career opportunities in the lodging, food and beverage and other hospitality businesses abound.
Hospitality Head Start
Lakeland University has proudly joined forces with Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, Destination Kohler and The Osthoff Resort to create a dynamic new student-centric, symbiotic partnership.
Hospitality Head Start is a cutting-edge initiative designed to provide the three renowned Sheboygan County resorts with qualified Lakeland hospitality management students while giving students like you real-world experience.
Through this experience, you will earn income, reducing your reliance on student loans. You will start out in entry-level jobs, get hands-on experience and work your way up as you progress academically at Lakeland.
Upon graduation, you will have gained valuable experience through your previous hospitality jobs and will be in prime position to enter higher-level positions in the industry.
Your strong resume and experience will be a reflection of this great partnership.
See the world
In addition to the numerous local opportunities, Lakeland University believes in branching out, so this major also features incredible travel opportunities around the world.
We've become more focused on globalization. In the last 10 years, we've taken faculty-led trips with students to South Korea, Cancun, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.
This major falls under the business umbrella, so you will leave Lakeland armed with a strong base of core business classes. But there is also tremendous flexibility associated with this major, so you can personalize your hospitality management degree with other emphases – such as marketing or international business.
Hospitality Management at Lakeland
One of the many things that make Lakeland's hospitality management program particularly strong is the requirement of two internships, or an internship combined with a study abroad experience. Upcoming study abroad opportunities include China, Japan, Cancun and Luxembourg, and Lakeland students have recently interned at hotels or resorts in Tokyo and Guam.
In addition, because hospitality management is such an international industry, two semesters of a foreign language (Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese) are required. With this degree, you will be hirable across the U.S. and beyond.