Guidelines

View our internship program guidelines.

The Southern Hospitality Internship Program is designed to assist high school and college students obtain relevant real-life work experience with our business partners in Sevier County, Tennessee.

  • Safety is SHIP’s number one priority.
  • SHIP application deadlines, fee deadlines and housing balance deadlines are defined for each 14-week semester.
  • Missing these deadlines jeopardizes a student’s ability to participate in the program.
  • Housing is available on a first come, first serve basis for students (minimum 18 years of age).
  • Payroll deduction may be utilized to pay for housing balance if employer provides option.  Please check with your potential employer about the availability payroll deductions.  
  • The student is an employee of the business for the 14-week semester.   The student is NOT an employee of SHIP.
  • In the event of dissatisfaction with their job, the student must first attempt to resolve their issue with the employer. The employer and/or the student may contact SHIP’s Director if further resolution is needed. 
  • A student who lives in one of SHIP’s approved housing facilities is a resident of that facility and must agree to and sign a lease that is provided by the housing facility.  SHIP does not own or operate the housing facilities. Issues with housing must be addressed with the facility.       
  • Roommate issues must be directed to the designated housing facility manager. SHIP may help if issue remains unresolved.
  • Transportation to and from work is the student’s responsibility.  SHIP will provide information on transportation options through the SHIP website.
  • If a student is receiving credit for their internship from their college or university, it is the student’s responsibility to provide the required information and documents to the employer.  Each employer has agreed to cooperate with the student and their college or university to ensure that all paperwork and qualifications are met for credit.
  • Volunteer activities and other SHIP sponsored events will be offered as a part of the SHIP program.  To participate, each student is responsible for notifying their employer and securing approval for time off, if it is during scheduled work hours. 
  • Meals are not included as a part of the housing program.  Students should review their lease and refer to their housing facilities guidelines as it relates to food storage, cooking and dining areas.
  • Students who have created and submitted an account on the SHIP website have read and agree to all guidelines set forth.
  • In the unfortunate event of a student’s early dismissal from SHIP’s 14-week semester program, refunds will NOT be authorized. Early dismissal includes: student’s request to end the internship due to personal reasons, failure to make required payments, unsatisfactory job performance resulting in separation, housing violations/eviction/lease termination, unresolved roommate grievances, safety violations, use of drugs and alcohol and conduct that is damaging to SHIP and their employer.  Behavior that endangers themselves, other students or employers is also subject to dismissal. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Students will be required to complete a SHIP evaluation form on their respective employer and the SHIP program.
  • Student releases the Southern Hospitality Internship Program (SHIP), its officers, directors, employees, agents and volunteers from any and all claims which the student, their heirs or administrators may have against any of the above in connection with student’s participation.  Student assumes all responsibility for any and all risk of property damage or bodily injury sustained while participating in related programs, volunteer activities or other events, including the use of equipment and facilities.

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