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Heartland Hospitality Career Exploration Day

Do you love the Hospitality Industry? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with bright young people that our members of our PCMA Student chapters?

For the past three years the Heartland PCMA has hosted a Hospitality Career Exploration Day for the Student Chapters of PCMA at KState, Iowa State, MU, University of Nebraska, University of Arkansas and Ok State. The  day is filled with career tips from industry professionals in both a general session format as well as small group discussions at round tables about specific jobs in the industry. During the small group discussions, students get to hear about a typical day in the life of a Hotel sales person, or an Audio Visual Tech, or a Meeting planner who coordinates a city-wide annual meeting, just to name a few jobs featured.They rotate six different times during the day so they get a broad perspective on the industry.

While these students are enrolled in Hospitality Management programs, and in some cases getting ready to graduate in May, they have had limited exposure to actual jobs in our industry. We have two goals with this event, first to broaden the students perspective on the career paths they could explore within the Hospitality industry and secondly to educate them about the importance of belonging to an Association that supports their industry. In this case: PCMA.

Here’s how you can help?

  1. Do you have a PAID internship available during the summer months?  This includes Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Assn and Corporate planners with events held in the summer months.  BUT keep in mind some of these students will graduate soon and are looking for an internship that might lead to a full time job!!
  2. Does your company hire entry level positions?  Such as Front Desk, Catering or Hotel Sales, Venue event coordinators, AV technicians, etc.?  If so,  your company must have a representative at the event on March 28 to speak about these open positions.
  3. Would you be interested in being a speaker or a mentor on March 28?


If any of these areas interest you please email

Jena VonderhaarHeartland Hospitality Career Exploration Day