Welcome Back Dukes!

We here at Dukes in Hospitality just wanted to give everyone here a (albeit late) welcome back to JMU for the Fall 2014 semester!

We also wanted to let you know that there will be some ongoing changes to the site so bear with us while we work through those.

Have a great semester everyone and we hope to see you in Godwin!

Wintergreen Resort- Resume Submission Deadline TONIGHT at 11:59pm


Wintergreen Resort will be on campus October 16th to recruit students for their current openings.  Details are listed below. However, please log in to Recruit-A-Duke to see specific requirements such as major, GPA, graduation dates, etc.

Wintergreen Resort: DEADLINE To DROP RESUME: 11:59pm Tonight, Oct 9th!


To learn more about the specific job opportunities and increase your chances of being selected for an interview, please submit your resume (if you have not already done so) on Recruit-A-Duke for these opportunities.

  • Select Job Opportunities and then “On-Campus Recruiting”.
  • Type the company name in keyword and proceed to submitting your resume.

Please note, if you have not yet viewed the Recruit-A-Duke tutorial, you must do this before you will be able to submit your resume for any of these positions.  View the tutorial here: http://www.jmu.edu/cap/interviewing/students/radworkshop/RAD%20Tutorial_TOC.htm.

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC: Position Available for Graduating Seniors

002480-01-hotel-exterior-water-nightTo all graduating Seniors! The Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. has an opening Guest Service Agent position available with a potential start date of June 2nd – it should be posted to their website within the next few days. They would love to have some more JMU grads at their Washington D.C. location.  The website is:http://www.mandarinoriental.com/careers/
This hotel company has about 40 properties but is quickly expanding with 17 in the pipeline that will open in the next two years!

Summer Employment Opportunity at Chevy Chase Country Club

chevychaseA message from Chevy Chase Country Club:

As we have done in the past, we are reaching out to local colleges and universities to see if any first year students within the hospitality programs would be interested in taking a server position for the summer as our internship spaces are limited. This is a great way to get their foot in the door at a large club with a proven internship program. Our desire is to have some students come in for the summer in a line level capacity in hopes they excel and enjoy the club environment and thus apply for internship positions the following year. We have seen some recent success with this venture. We will expose these students to some limited amount of educational opportunities that are normally afforded to interns and will provide as much career development and support as we can to round out their summer.

Applications can be faxed to the attention Greg Sheara or Laura Stevenson, Manager of Clubhouse Dining at 240-395-2107

Below is a PDF attachment of the application.

Application for Employment

Internship Opportunity: Black Horse Inn

Black Horse InnSPECIAL EVENT INTERNSHIP for nationally recognized, award-winning inn and special event facility. Located in Warrenton, VA, in the heart of hunt-country, just one mile from historic Old Town Warrenton, and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. The ideal person will assume responsibility in assisting the Manager with event management. Position requires an organized, mature, detail oriented professional to coordinate and execute weddings, social events, meetings, event planning and hospitality. Flexibility in schedule and weekend work required. Must have reliable transportation. E-mail resume and cover letter. Location:Warrenton, VA

Contact: Lynn Pirozzoli , CEO and Owner
Cell 540 270-4885
Black Horse Inn
8393 Meetze Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
Inn 540 349-4020

Faculty Spotlight: Neil Marrin

SONY DSCLate this past Spring, our very own Neil Marrin was selected to be one of 2 Faculty Interns for the National Club Managers Association of America. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Neil yet, he is currently teaching Foundations Courses and Graduate level Fiscal Management. We interviewed Neil to learn more about his Faculty Intern position and his roles in the School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management.


  • Please give us a description about you Intern Position and how you became interested in the CMAA program.

Neil explained that this Faculty Internship is sponsored by the National CMAA foundation. The main focus and goal is to provide faculty with a better prospective of the club management industry so they can better serve their students. Each year they pick one or 2 candidates from around the country to serve as faculty interns. This position includes many benefits such as attendance at the national leadership conference, with all  expenses covered by CMAA. The conference provides informative presentations, specifically geared towards professionals in the industry. The position even requires the faculty interns to shadow mangers which gives them the opportunity to cover the differentiation of clubs across the country. Because Neil is the faculty advisor for CMAA, this position gives him a network of contacts for students searching for internships and future careers.

  • How did you start your career in Sport & Rec and Hospitality?

Neil began his career in recreation, working for the YMCA youth and teen programs. He spent 20 years in municipal and worked his way up to Executive Director of a recreation agency in New York. Eventually, Neil was asked to teach at City University in New York, where he held lectures once a week. His experience at City University gave him the desire to start a teaching profession. Now making his mark at James Madison University, Neil is exposed to both Hospitality and Sports & Rec students through Foundations courses where he has become known as a hybrid of the two industries.

  • What’s your favorite thing about JMU?

“The students without question! I love being in the classroom and having interaction with my students. We also have a remarkable faculty that is very student focused and make a great team.”