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Why Travel and Tourism Degree?


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Tourism is now the largest industry in the world. Today's economy has enabled more people to pursue more leisure activities and travel to more places than at any time in our history. A wide variety of businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations have arisen to meet the growing demand of the public for recreation and tourism services.  

People in the recreation and tourism field are typically motivated by:

  • The wide availability of jobs throughout the U.S. and the world.

  • The opportunity to work in attractive locations.

  • Jobs with a low level of routine.

  • The opportunity to work with people from around the world.

  • Building a career around their interests.


The Recreation and Tourism Management program requires all majors to complete an internship during the senior year. This internship is a semester length experience that requires the student to work with a recreation or tourism agency of the student's choice for 600 hours. The internship is designed to expose the student to current best professional practice in the segment of the tourism field that the student chooses to pursue. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Students may pursue internships anywhere in the United States or the world.

Some examples of RTM internship sites:

ACE Whitewater

Triple A Aramark

Amelia Island Resort

Bluefield State Park B Moss Clothing Store

Glade Springs Resort

Broyles Garden Camp Greentop

The Greenbrier Resort

Camp Cantrell Rafting Cass Scenic Railroad

Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority

Cedar Point Charleston CVB

Hotel Roanoke

Christiansburg Parks & Recreation Clarion

Hyatt Hotels

Clermont County Parks Coto de Coza

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Cruise Lines - Hilton Head Days Inn

National Park Service

Intercontinental Embassy Suites

North Carolina State Parks

Fairfax County Park Grandview

Student Conservation Association

Hampton Inn Hard Rock

Walt Disney World

HHC 1/150th ARBN Jockey's Ridge State Park

West Virginia Professional River Outfitters

Kiawah Island Jonathan Dickerson

West Virginia State Parks

The Kitano Lexington Hotel

Winterplace Ski Area

Monarch Plaza National Youth Leadership Council
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort New River Gorge National River Philip Morris
Point 'O Woods Princeton Health & Fitness Center Radisson
Ridgecrest Pipestem State Park Rivers Rafting
Stonewall Jackson Resort Shenandoah Sleep Inn
Smoke Hole Caverns Stoney Brook Plantation Tamarack
Wild Dunes    



Last Updated: January 26, 2006 RR/GA