UNH plans hospitality summer program for high schoolers

One-week program that will immerse them in a mini-hospitality management program

Current high school juniors considering a career in hospitality management are being invited to participate in a new one-week residential hospitality management summer program at the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

“High school students will be able to experience the excitement of college life at the state’s flagship public institution, take college courses with renowned hospitality management faculty and enjoy an unforgettable summer,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management and developer of the summer program.

Twenty rising seniors will be invited to participate in the one-week program that will immerse them in a mini-hospitality program. Students will learn about the wide variety of careers available in the industry, including in hotels, resorts, restaurants, food service businesses, casinos, cruise ships, clubs, transportation and tourism.

The program concludes with an awards dinner where all participants will receive a certificate of completion from the UNH Department of Hospitality Management 2014 Summer Program.

While living on the UNH campus, students will take college courses and meet enrolled hospitality management students. Through presentations, hands-on experience, guest speakers and computer simulations, the program will introduce students to the scope of the hospitality industry, major players and the market forces at play in this competitive field.

A typical day in the program will include breakfast at Holloway Commons, a field trip to the Wentworth By the Sea in New Castle, lunch at the Wentworth Marina, afternoon tour of a mid-size historic inn and the Sheraton Portsmouth, visit to the historic John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth, and an evening on campus with hospitality management faculty and students, said Barber.

To be eligible for the 2014 Hospitality Management Summer Program, high school students must:

 • Be rising high school seniors in the summer of 2014

 • Demonstrate academic ability, maturity and intellectual curiosity necessary to undertake this level of pre-college material

 • Provide a letter of recommendation from teachers. • Provide a short essay on what they expect to gain from this experience.

Applications are due Tuesday, April 15. To apply online, visit www.paulcollege.unh.edu/departments/hospitality-management/hospitality-management-summer-program.

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