About Our Program

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

SHIP offers market rate wages, a full-time work week of employment in a 14-week paid internship program for high school students, college students and recent graduates. Dormitory style housing is also available for those ages 18-25. Career Paths of interest will support and reinforce curriculum credits or non-credited programs.

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.

Make your internship search easier.

Have you always wanted to work in the heart of the Smoky Mountains? Now you can. We have internship opportunities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Tennessee. Our business partners provide the intern with real-life work experience and on-the-job training within the student’s career path of interest. Find an exciting and fun place to work that helps you build your resume and network with people in the Hospitality and Tourism industry!

Learn more about us.

Our goal is to help students and recent graduates get hands-on work experience in the hospitality industry.

The Southern Hospitality Internship Program was created in response to the labor crisis. After conducting a study, we discovered that 93% of people interviewed said that their company was dealing with employee staffing challenges, and that the top 3 issues related to employee availability are adequate qualified candidates, attendance, and commuting distance. We wanted a way to help solve that problem. Through our internship program, we help high school students, college students and recent graduates of both, gain real life work experience in the hospitality industry. We believe that only so much can be learned in the classroom, and internships are the perfect opportunity to challenge students and prepare them for a career.

Our internship program is based in Sevier County, providing people with real life experience in a $4 billion hospitality industry. You’ll be just a short drive from the most visited national park and get to enjoy the best of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. In addition to jobs in tourism and hospitality management, our 14-week paid internship program covers a variety of career paths of interest, from accounting to sports management & recreation. Reach out to us if you’re looking for more information on how to partner with us or how to apply for an internship!

view of the Smoky Mountains from Clingmans Dome