Skip to main

Hands-On Experiences

All of our program faculty came from the hospitality industry and recognize the value of experiential learning. We get you out of the classroom and into real-life environments where you can learn by doing and gain experience in the industry.

The Aspen Grille is an on-campus restaurant and learning laboratory for hospitality management students. Students enrolled in RRM 340 gain experience in all aspects of restaurant operations and have the opportunity to interact with campus and community patrons in a fine dining setting.


Hospitality industry experience is a prerequisite for starting a career in hospitality and event management. You can earn elective credits by taking Management Internships and/or the Work Practicum courses, which look great on resumes as you interview for career positions after graduation.

HEM event

Gifford Catering Business

Gifford Catering was born out of the notion that students learn best from hands-on experience in a lab setting with real customers and real stakes. Assistant Professor Eric Milholland runs the Gifford Catering business, which provides various high-quality menu items to any group meeting, from 15 to 200 guests, and can deliver straight to any building on campus.

  • 100% of graduates had jobs or graduate school plans within six months of graduation
  • Leisure and Hospitality is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the U.S.
  • 100% of graduates had at least one job offer within six months of graduation

Student Resources

There are several scholarships available specifically for Food Science and Human Nutrition students. You need to fill out the general CSU scholarship application. Search the College scholarship database to see the full list.

As a Hospitality and Event Management major, you can join the Hospitality Club to promote nutrition and health in the CSU community, network with industry professionals, and build leadership experience in a club officer role.

At least once per semester, you will meet with your academic success coordinator, who can help you answer questions about which majors and careers might be right for you, what courses and extracurricular activities will help you prepare, and how to stay on track for graduation.

Career Resources

Job Board

The FSHN-HEM job board will help you find a job while a student and upon graduation!

Career Opportunities

Explore various Hospitality and Event Management jobs.

Industry Connections

Industry Relationships

Our program has a strong relationship with several companies in the industry including but not limited to Disney, Hyatt, Marriott, and Chipotle. Listen to what some of our community leaders in the industry are saying about our program.

The Advisory Board is made up of local business managers and owners. The board helps inform how we can all move forward together.

As a graduating senior, you will connect with industry professionals through a capstone gala event, showcasing your knowledge and gaining vital, hands-on experience working as a team to plan the event.

Hospitality and Event Management News