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Hospitality Management Program - Palm Desert Campus

An Introduction To Hospitality Management

Hospitality Defined:

  • Characteristic of customer service
  • Type of business or industry that may include    tourism services and activities

The hospitality industry is comprised of different sectors within recreation, leisure and commerce

Hospitality and Tourism are important economic drivers:

What does the future hold?

  • Strong global job growth through 2030 (United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2019)
  • Wide variety of internships and career pathways in the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire and beyond

Examples of internships and career pathways

Restaurants / Foodservice

  • Caterers
  • Sports & entertainment venues
  • Franchise and chain ownership
  • Food service noncommercial
  • Food trucks
  • Managed services


  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Bus companies
  • Rental car companies
  • Railroads
  • Cruise Ships


  • Casinos
  • Hotels, motels, lifestyle and resorts
  • Senior Assisted Living
  • Spas

Private/ Public Clubs

  • Country, city, athletic & nonprofit clubs


  • Vocational, academic high schools
  • Community colleges
  • Universities

Theme and Nature Parks

  • Disney, Lego Land, Universal
  • State and federal parks
  • Beaches 


  • Attractions
  • Tourist Offices / Information Centers
  • Government
  • Event management
  • Meeting Planners, Corporate Travel (non hospitality industry too)
  • Music, arts and culture festivals
  • Museums
  • Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Convention and Visitor Bureaus
  • Travel communications
  • Tourism research
  • Travel agents
  • Tour guides / operators

Retail and Real Estate

  • Retail outlets
  • Malls
  • Duty Free shops
  • Real estate development
  • Property management
  • Vacation rentals, time shares

The Hospitality Management Offers:

  • Participation in Annual Gala
  • Annual Study Abroad to Italy or Switzerland
  • Internship Options at Popular Events
    • Music, Art, and Film Festivals 
    • Indian Wells Tennis Garden
  • Field Trips to major attractions, resorts and nature parks
    • Golf Tournaments
    • Joshua Tree National Parks
  • Guest Lecturers from the greater Palm Springs area

Hospitality Management Program is enriched with many co-and-extra-curricular activities

  • Talented Faculty with real-world industry experience
  • Interactive, experiential, and hands-on learning
    • Social Events and activities, trade show opportunities in different states, study and internships abroad, peer mentoring, community engagement projects and professional development training.
    • Hospitality Society coordinates guest speakers, field trips and industry mentorships.
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