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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • International students pose in Hilton Head's Harbor Town boat basin, a key tourist area for Sea Pines Resort visitors.

International Student Internship Program

Diverse cultural experiences can inspire creativity and drive innovation. The International Student Internship Program creates cross-cultural courses and academic training exposure, giving students the opportunity to develop professional skills, leadership abilities and cultural awareness in the areas of hospitality, tourism, retailing and sport management, while receiving credit from their home institutions.

Program Summary

The International Student Internship Program gives international students the opportunity to pursue a full-time course of study at the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management followed by an internship in the United States. Students gain academic enrichment and career experience with industry and education professionals in a leading tourism region of the United States.

International students will enjoy taking college courses, improving their English language skills, experiencing a new culture, and gaining U.S. work experience.

Program Type 

J-1 University & College Student Non-Degree Program

Language of Instruction

English

Minimum GPA

2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Class Standing

Undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior

Language Experience

Required TOEFL score of 77 IBT (550 PBT), a score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE

Areas of Study

Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Retailing

Credit Hours

 Minimum of 12, maximum of 15

Program Length

6 months to 1 year

Academic Training Experience

Paid internship

 

COURSE WORK

  • Culture and Traditions in the Service Industry
  • Customer Service Preparation
  • Intensive English Language Preparation
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • HRSM Internship Class

INTERNSHIP DETAILS AND BENEFITS

  • Students will have a non-degree student status and enroll in a minimum of 12 academic credits
  • Intern with top tourism and hospitality partners
  • Paid internships
  • Career-related experiential learning and networking in the USA
  • Cultural immersion and improved English skills

The Sea Pines Resort and Carowinds Amusement Park are two partners that provide internships for UofSC international students.

View of Carowinds rollercoaster, Nighthawk, at sunset

Carowinds Amusement Park

Become a moment maker by interning at Carowinds Amusement Park. It is home to the largest roller coaster in the world and an exciting water park. Learn how the magic happens through training at this high-quality regional theme park. Opportunities to intern in the hospitality, retail and entertainment industry are available for students.

Hilton Head Island Harbortown boat basin at sunset

The Sea Pines Resort

The Sea Pines Resort offers students insight and exposure to the behind-the-scenes operations of one of the “world’s best” family beach hotels and golf resorts. Located in beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, opportunities to intern in the hospitality, retail and sport management areas are available.


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