Internships, membership in the Tourism and Hospitality Student Group, induction into Eta Sigma Tau, and networking with illustrious alumni and advisory board mentors are all part of your opportunities for career and personal growth.
Students complete a professional internship as part of their capstone related to their primary concentration in the major. This might include working for a hotel, restaurant, or other businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry. Here are a few examples of students’ internships within the past couple of years.
Visit Portland internship
Lainey Minotti ’18
Lainey assisted with planning a wide variety of events throughout the year.
Pinch Me Planning internship
Celine Baker ’20
Celine assisted with weddings as an intern for Pinch Me Planning of Maine and New England.
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden events internship
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Olivia Ryan ’19
Olivia assisted with special events at this world class garden venue.
Love Point Oysters internship
Kathleen Ratazzi ’20
Kathleen learned the ins and outs of oyster farming while working on several projects, including researching and marketing to host farm tours and selling oysters directly to weddings.
Broadreach Public Relations internship
Ann Budway ’17
Ann played a major part of the first Maine Beer Box Festival, held in in Reykjavik, Iceland, through this international internship opportunity.
EPA Pollution Protection
Michael Dart ’19
This Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Prevention Grant project provided an internship opportunity to offer technical assistance to small craft brewers to improve environmental, economic, and social performance.
The Tourism, Hospitality and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) Institute
The THOR Institute is your gateway to Tourism, Hospitality, and Outdoor Recreation programs throughout the University of Maine System! USM is a member of this collaborative institute, which also includes University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the University of Maine (Orono), the University of Maine at Machias, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
THOR is working to address needs highlighted by this industry in terms of education access, professional development, training programs, internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships. These efforts will enrich Maine’s talent pool in THOR related industries. USM students are eligible to tap into all of the exciting things the THOR Institute is doing for students in the University of Maine System!
The Tourism and Hospitality Student Group (TAHSG)
TAHSG is a student organization that offers engaging opportunities outside of the classroom to be directly involved in Maine’s tourism and hospitality community.
This organization includes:
- Volunteering with local entrepreneurs;
- Helping serve refreshments at the civic center with an extra bonus of seeing a concert, hockey game, or show;
- Planning and executing tourism trips that help students network and grow knowledge;
- Experiencing Expos within all different sectors of the industry;
- Brainstorming new ideas and experiencing the true depth of the industry
It’s more than an organization, it’s an experience that will take you to the next level if you let it. If you are interested in joining TAHSG, contact Professor Sara Ghezzi.
Eta Sigma Delta
Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality Management Society is an international honor society for hospitality students. There are over 90 active chapters throughout the world. Eta Sigma Delta is a testament to the dedication of both students and professionals in tourism and hospitality to the pursuit of academic, professional, and personal excellence. USM TAH is proud to host a chapter of Eta Sigma Delta to recognize our honor students who have worked so hard. Chapter Advisor: contact Professor Sara Ghezzi.
Our program works closely with Maine tourism industry leaders to create and offer the highest quality and most relevant learning opportunities for our students. They are involved in all aspects of our USM TAH education program. Our advisory board serves as mentors for our students. Many provide internships and full-time work opportunities for our graduates. Connecting with us means connecting with them. Our Advisory Board Consists of:
Paul Bradbury, Airport Director, Portland International Jetport
Paul J. Charpentier, VP and Academic Dean, Southern Maine Community College
Peter Cooke, Natural Capital Initiative, TAH PT instructor Manomet: Center for Conservation Sciences
Greg Dugal, Government Affairs Director, Hospitality Maine
Derek Fassett, Hospitality Maine
Kathryn Ference, Director Workforce Development, Maine Tourism Association
Sarah Flink, Director, CruiseMaine
Jim Gusella, General Manager, Portland Country Club
Steve Hewins, Retired, Hospitality Maine
Rauni Kew, Public Relations Manager, Inn by the Sea
Gerard Kiladjian, General Manager, Portland Harbor Hotel
Pamela Laskey, Owner, Maine Foodie Tours
Andrew Leighton, Travel Agent/alumni, AAA Northern New England
Rick Martin, Olympia Companies
Carolann Ouelette, Director, Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation
Edward Palmer, General Manager, Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks
Paul Russell, Bar and Spirits Director, Big Tree Hospitality (Hugos, Eventide, HoneyPaw)
Rory Strunk, Director, O’Maine Studios
Lynn Tillotson, President & CEO, Visit Portland
Peter Twachtman, CEO, Lark Hotel