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Real-Life Work Experience

SHIP Internships provide the best opportunity for high school students, college students and recent graduates to get real-life work experience in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry.
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Heart of the Great Smoky Mountains

SHIP Internships can be an adventure to discover your intellectual passions and learn what you are gifted to do.
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Step Outside of the Classroom

Only so much can be learned in the classroom. SHIP Internships offer a tremendous opportunity for students in relevant practical experiences that are challenging and engaging.
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Launch Your Career

SHIP Internships build your resume, secure job references from Business Leaders, and provide opportunities for networking - networking - networking!

Southern Hospitality Internship Program

Students ask us, “Why should I pursue an internship?” SHIP’s response is, “You’ll never know what type of job you want in life if you can’t go out and try it.”

SHIP offers market rate wages and a full-time work week (32 hours or more) of employment in a 14-week paid internship program.  Dormitory style housing is also available for qualifying students. Career Paths of interest will support and reinforce curriculum credits or non-credited programs.

Why not work in a fun and exciting place? SHIP business partners offer a great place to work and provide a diverse range of internship opportunities.

Students will be paid to work as well as build their resume skills and experience within their Career Path of interest.  Sevier County is a thriving $4 billion Hospitality & Tourism industry in East Tennessee located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Learn More About the Southern Hospitality Internship Program

SHIP is a bridge from the student’s curriculum to real-life work experience within their Career Path of interest.

There is so much more than what you see from the customer’s perspective. Learning new skills and expanding knowledge in operational positions and support function roles can be a tremendous advantage.

Our Sevier County internship program believes the pursuit of employment is built on a solid foundation of Education and Experience.  Internships that are derived from competencies and skills development for on-the-job training, career readiness and future leadership. Employers want a combination of a strong academic background and work experience.

Real-Life Work Experience

“Through the experience of working in a new environment, I have not only learned about the industry of my internship, but I have learned a lot about myself as well. You’ll never know what type of job you want in life, if you can’t go out and try it.”

$4 Billion Industry

Gain real-life work experience and build your resume skills and experiences in a $4 billion Hospitality & Tourism Industry in Sevier County, Tennessee. Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park hosts over 11 million visitors annually. 

Students & Recent Graduates

SHIP offers market rate wages and a full-time work week (32 hours or more) of employment in a 14-week paid internship program for high school students, college students and recent graduates.