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:
This hotel company has about 40 properties but is quickly expanding with 17 in the pipeline that will open in the next two years!

Positions available at Comfort Inn & Suites in Orange, VA

comfort_inn_logoPosition openings for a new Comfort Inn & Suites in Orange, VA. They are a 58-room property that opened in September, 2010 and are still in the growing stages. The hotel offers upgraded and upscale accommodations in the leisure destination of Orange, Va. Orange is situated in the midst of wineries, Civil War battlefields, and around the corner form our very own James Madison’s historical home, Montpelier.

They are seeking eager, educated staff to help reach great potential. Positions available include management, night auditor, and guest services associates.

Please visit their website at

Contact Pamela Collins at or via cell at 570-337-5142 if interested in applying for a position.

Positions Available: the US Open at the Merion Golf Club

Ridgewells catering company has been working with the USGA for the US Open since 1994. They are presently looking for students to work the event this June at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. Below is a flyer attachment regarding the skill types and rates for the open positions.   If we have a sufficient number of students, they would be more than happy to come to JMU and do a recruiting/information session. Currently, they do not have housing for staff, but are working with Villanova University to see if students can rent apartments on campus for $170 per week.

They are looking for hospitality students who have had some experience. Please contact Neil Marrin at and let him know if you have an interest in being considered for these positions.

Positions and Rates flyer: merionapril[1]

Service Opportunity: Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

Hospitality Experts Needed for
Harrisonburg Startup Weekend!
April 5-7, 2013
Showker Hall, James Madison University 

Put your hospitality skills to work and participate in an exciting NEW event for Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley!

Startup Weekend will bring entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, and technical coders together for 56 hours of business planning and development. The event is being organized by a task force of university, city, county, and regional organizations.  We need your assistance to make it all happen!

It will be a busy weekend for participants and organizers. We are seeking Volunteer Hosts to be on hand to assist in a variety of ways.  You’ll greet guests, help with registration, assist organizers and the facilitator, direct teams to meeting rooms, run errands, and generally be our on-site hosts!

3 Volunteer Hosts are needed in each shift.  Sign up now for 1, 2, or more that fits your schedule!  Meals are included in shifts.  We’ll be in touch to give you full instructions and confirm your participation.

Put your hospitality skills to work and show our guests why JMU Students are the Best!

To sign up, send an email to by March 31.

Friday, April 5:   3:00-6:30pm    Event Set-up & Registration/ Dinner
Tasks:  set up tables, chairs and registration table, sponsor banners, etc.  Assist with Registration Table, name badges, etc.  Greet guests; direct to venues and to dinner.

Friday, April 5:  6:00-9:00pm   Entrepreneurial Pitches and Teams Form
Tasks:  Help Facilitator during Entrepreneurial Pitches, run timers, create posters, count votes, etc.  Make sure things are in order for the next day.

Saturday, April 6:
Tasks for Saturday:  General assistance wherever needed helping teams and organizers.
8:00am – 11:00
11:00 – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday, April 7:
Tasks for Sunday:  General assistance wherever needed helping teams and organizers.  8:00am – 11:00
11:00 – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm   Assist coaches, presenters and judges during final pitches.

The Latest Programs AHA is Now Offering!

aha-logo-mastThe American Hospitality Academy’s internship program is one of the world’s most well-known and respected providers of hospitality training and cultural exchange programs. Since 1986, AHA has been providing training programs for 1000’s of students worldwide in the USA.

AHA is now bringing their years of experience to provide the same quality programs to countries around the world.

AHA is very happy to announce they are now offering Internships in the followings countries:-

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada

For full information on each of these programs please visit their website at

If  students are looking to see what is going on the AHA World or would like to speak to a past student, sign up for the AHA Facebook page which has over 3,500 past and current students happy to share their success stories at AHA.
Here is their Facebook link

Should students have any direct questions please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Recruitment & Intl Placements, Richard Skinner on Skype at aha_europe or feel free to email him at

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

Disney Internships and Programs

Recruitment Dates


Disney College Program
The online application will be available in early February on Disney College Program Character Performer auditions will take place in March (specific dates, times, and locations are to be determined).

Disney Professional Internships
Summer-only Professional Internships are posted now on Postings for Management Internships are available now. Fall Professional Internships, including internships only available to Disney College Program Alumni, will be posted in early February.

Disney Culinary Program
Culinary and Baking/Pastry students may now apply for this program on

Disney International Programs
Please visit and contact the in-country agency to inquire about available opportunities.

CMAA Internship Fair: A Great Success!

JMU’s Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) successfully held their first internship fair on Sunday, January 13th! There were nine national clubs in attendance including: Army Navy Country Club, Baltimore Country Club, Bethesda Country Club, Bohemian Club, Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, Chevy Chase Club, Columbia Country Club, Farmington Country Club, and Spotswood Country Club. In the morning session, time was allotted for the managers to talk with students before they went to interview with the different clubs. CMAA structured the event differently this year by including this interview process and found it extremely helpful to the attendees. CMAA is looking forward to providing this opportunity again to students next year with the intentions of having a greater attendance from both students and club industry members! For more information about JMU’s CMAA student organization, please visit their website

Below are a few pictures captured from the CMAA internship fair!


Foodservice Management Internship Opportunity

To All Food Service Related Professionals,

 It is that time of year again…for the unique and exciting possibility for your students to apply for the annual summer NACUFS/ACUHO-I sponsored Foodservice Management Internship (FMI)!  Knowledge about this opportunity continues to spread, with increasing numbers of applicants each year.  So please encourage your students to apply early.
The attachment is an informative E-Newsletter that we would like you to put on your List Serve for your students or any other distribution system you use to reach your students.

A few things of importance: 

1.       The deadline for students to apply is Friday, January 25th , 2013
2.       The URL for the internship program is
3.       Please note, this is a paid internship ($1600 minimum) with free room and board
4.       You can open the following link to print a poster with the internship information to display on your campus.  For the 8.5X11 poster, click:×11.pdf.pdf
5.       For the 11X17 poster, click:

If you have any questions concerning the program please call or e-mail:

Marianne Howell
Pennsylvania State University

Student Spotlight: Interview with Michelle Moulden

We interviewed Michelle Moulden, a senior in the HTM program who leads our PCMA Student Chapter as President and is the Senior Representative for Le Gourmet. Michelle will be leaving her mark as she has made a tremendous impact on the Hospitality Program throughout her four years at James Madison University. Please take the time to read through her inspirational achievements and encouraging attitude!

Name: Michelle Moulden
Age: 21
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

  • How did you get involved in Le Gourmet? What were your duties for your role/position throughout the planning/execution of the event?
    • I had first heard of Le Gourmet during my Freshman year from Patrick Crosson, who, at the time, was a Junior helping plan the event.  I was fortunate enough to hear and see a lot of the stuff that he was working on for the event and became very interested in it.  Patrick became somewhat of a mentor to me over the years and always encouraged me to take advantage of all the opportunities the hospitality department had.  Towards the end of my sophomore year, Michael called me into his office and asked if I would be interested in becoming the junior representative for the Le Gourmet event.  So, following in Patrick’s footsteps, I graciously accepted!  This year, my position carried over into the senior representative for the event!
    • As a representative for Le Gourmet, the duties for the planning portion of the event begin over the summer, and really picked up within the first month of school.  Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have wonderful working partnerships with various vendors in the DC area that give us large discounts and donations on many aspects of the event, thanks to our amazing advisory board.  However, this means that a lot of the larger items like linens, food, and entertainment are preplanned for us since they are usually donated items.  So, our focus tends to be on the more intricate details, such as employee outfits, menu cards, nametags, etc.  Maggie Goetzman, the junior representative, and I worked hard over the summer and the beginning of this semester to design this various aspects and really play up the 80’s theme: Purple Rain!  We got to work closely with several board members to come up with different ideas and then choose the one that fit the theme best.
    • As for the execution of the event, Maggie and I were both supervisors for the day!  We were in charge of training the student employee’s on registration, coat check, and the silent auction portions of the evening.  We then oversaw the different areas throughout the evening to ensure everything was running smoothly.   Any guest questions or concerns were directed to us, and we had to make sure that everyone was having a great time and enjoying themselves!
  • Tell us about the event! How did the event go? Was it what you expected?
    • The event was a HUGE success!  Everyone had an amazing time and lots of money was raised for our program!  Since this was my second year helping with this event, I was more prepared and knew what to expect.  However, there are always things that come up last minute that you have to react and respond quickly to (like the printer running out of ink last minute…!).  We received so many compliments from guests on how wonderful the student employee’s were and how much fun the event was – to me, that shows what a great success the evening was!
  • Now that Le Gourmet is over, what accomplishments are you most proud of for all the hard work you’ve done for Le Gourmet?
    • I think what I’m most proud of is what this event represents.  My involvement with Le Gourmet has allowed me to meet professionals in the industry I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.  After meeting the board members, it made me realize how many people truly care and are involved in the promotion of our program!  There are board members who are alum of JMU that want to give back, but there are also several that have no tie to JMU at all, but still believe in our program and what we do here, and want to help us be the best program possible.
  • Tell us about your role as President for our PCMA Student Chapter and the trip planned to Orlando for the Convening Leaders Conference.
    • PCMA has been an invaluable part of my time here at JMU.  I have learned so much about myself and about the industry because of this organization.  In my current role as President, I have the easy job, while the rest of exec has to do all the hard work!!! What I mean by that is I oversee all of the exec positions and pull all the information together to make sure things run smoothly.  I personally am not planning the events (the hard work!!!), but I am there to give advice and make sure that we’re providing a variety of events and giving our members everything that they want and need.
    • This year, PCMA is holding their annual conference, Convening Leaders, in Orlando.  This conference has over 3,500 attendees, which allows for some truly amazing networking opportunities with some of the best professionals in the industry!  There are hundreds of educational sessions that we are able to attend, and we are even able to choose which ones are most relevant to our interests.  Every year, there are several motivational speakers and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear them speak!  This is a conference all about meeting planning, planned by a group of professional meeting planners.  With a little bit of imagination, you can start to envision just how unbelievable this conference really is!  We are so excited to be taking 11 student members to the Convening Leaders Conference in Orlando this year, and I can’t wait to see what each member takes away from this unforgettable experience!
  • What was the application process like when you applied for the Convening Leaders Scholarship? What benefits come with being the winner of the scholarship?
    • The process was fairly simple!  In order to apply, you had to meet certain requirements such as GPA, being a student member of PCMA, and being enrolled in a hospitality program.  Then, I had to submit a copy of my resume, a letter of recommendation, and a 500-1,000 word essay describing what I hope to gain from attending the Convening Leaders Conference.  Even though the process was simple, there are huge benefits to being chosen as a scholarship winner!  The benefits include being awarded registration, housing for up to four nights, and transportation to and from Orlando.  Essentially, the entire trip is paid for and I am able to attend for free!  Needless to say, I am very thankful for this amazing opportunity!
  • What are you looking forward to most about the Convening Leaders Conference?
    • I am most looking forward to seeing what all of our student members take away from this opportunity and bring back to our chapter!  It is always so eye opening to see what is out there and being able to bring that information back and share it with other students and the department.  I am also looking forward to networking with professionals from across the country.  Being a senior, I am looking forward to seeing what job opportunities are available to me upon graduation and hopefully (fingers crossed!!!) finding my future employer!!
  • Now that you’re almost halfway through your last year with the HTM program, what is your best piece of advice for the students in the HM program? What are some of your favorite memories from your experiences with Le Gourmet, PCMA, and the HTM program?
    • My advice would be to take advantage of every opportunity given to you and get involved early!  Our department, as well as JMU itself, offers so many things that you won’t be able to get anywhere else after you graduate, so take advantage of them while you’re here!  Get experience wherever you can, and take initiative to better yourself, rather than waiting for something to fall into your lap – that’s what will get you the job after graduation!  I was fortunate enough to have Patrick as my mentor, who pushed me to get more involved and helped me find my way through the program.  That has been one of the most valuable things throughout my career at JMU.  I encourage everyone to reach out to older members and ask for their guidance and advice!  I know I would be more than happy to talk to anyone interested in my past experiences or how I got involved in the organizations I’m involved in!  My final piece of advice would be get to know your professors!  They will guide you through your time here, and will go out of their way to help you find internships, jobs, etc.  We are fortunate enough to have some amazing professors in our department, so make sure to take advantage of that!
    • My favorite memories have all been involving the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with.  The Hospitality industry really is all about who you know your relationships with people, and I’ve worked hard to maintain those relationships throughout the years.  I’ve met some truly inspiring, incredible people along the way and my life has been changed because of them!  Also, I’ve enjoyed seeing the events and organizations I’ve been a part of grow over the past few years.  It’s incredible to me that PCMA is the size that is today.  Just a few years ago we had about 20 members, and now today we have almost 100!  It’s been a huge transition and I’ve loved being a part of it over the years!  With Le Gourmet, it’s been an amazing experience to meet the high-profile professionals, as well as seeing this huge event come together.  As for the hospitality department itself, I’ve enjoyed watching the program grow as we switched to the new school.  We are becoming very well known across the country, and I know that is only going to continue over the years!