Students with undergraduate degrees in HTM will find a wide variety of exciting and fast-paced opportunities open to them, including entry-level management positions in tourism, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, restaurants, country clubs, and institutional food service companies.

The department is strongly committed to the placement of its undergraduate and graduate students.  Industry partners participate in on-campus interview sessions.  Industry representatives visit the department during fall and spring semesters to interview students for permanent placement and internships.  Major employers that recruit HTM graduates at Virginia Tech include Marriott, Hyatt, Walt Disney World, White Lodging, Hilton, Compass, Jason’s Deli, Colonial Williamsburg, B.F. Saul Hotel Division, Interstate Hotels, Crestline Hotels and Resorts, Cvent, Great American Restaurants, and Panera Bread Company.  We have now joined forces with the School of Architecture to create a dual HTM/Real Estate Degree. Students who complete this track are very attractive to hotel real estate and asset management companies. HTM conducts a career fair each spring semester for companies offering both career and internship opportunities.  HTM is consistently in the top 10 of Virginia Tech programs in the placement of its graduates.

Destinations Career Fair

The Destinations in HTM Career Event at Virginia Tech is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and hosted by the student organization, Hospitality Management Association. At this event, students will have the opportunity to meet and speak with recruiters in the hospitality industry, share their resumes, and gain valuable knowledge about the hospitality industry and potential employers. Students at this event will be searching for full time positions and internship opportunities. In addition to our own HTM career fair, we also participate in the Pamplin College Business Horizons Career Fair.

Check out this video from our most recent Destinations Career Fair!

For more information on this event, please contact the HTM Department at (540) 231-5515 or

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"HTM Hokies are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work!"

"When I hire an HTM grad from Virginia Tech, I know I can put them right to work and they will get the job done!"

These are just a few examples of the positive feedback we receive from our industry recruiters. Our students’ foundation in the Pamplin College of Business gives them the tools they need to be able to contribute to their companies starting day one. In a recent survey, our industry partners reinforced our position as one of the premier HTM programs in the world. Whether they are attending our Destinations Career Faircontacting us with job postings, conducting individualized information sessions, speaking in our classes, or interviewing, recruiters love our students. The feeling is of course mutual! We also work with our industry partners to build mutually beneficial relationships through sponsorships, opportunities, and our HTM Advisory Board. This synergy helps us to continue to create excellence in the Business of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is a large reason why our graduates enjoy an 85-90% placement rate upon graduation.

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