FRANKLIN, Tenn.  – A half-day summit for those curious about a career in hospitality and tourism will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 1, on Columbia State Community College’s Williamson Campus. Attendees will learn about Columbia State’s Hospitality & Tourism class and internship programs, in addition to meeting with over 25 local employers offering paid internships for the 2017 summer.

Attendees will also hear success stories from individuals currently working in the hospitality and tourism field, and from participants who completed internships last summer during the program’s inaugural year. Registration is required to attend and can be completed through the program’s website or by contacting program director Ken Daniel by email at

The internship opportunities available at the Hospitality & Tourism Career Summit will provide participants the opportunity to experience a variety of sectors within one of Tennessee’s largest industries. A diverse selection of local partners gives participants learning opportunities in sales, marketing, finance, event planning and management among others.

“The Hospitality & Tourism program at Columbia State has been an excellent addition to our area, filling a significant need within our local hospitality industry for well-trained employees,” said WCCVB President & CEO Ellie Westman Chin. “This internship program provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the many different career paths within the hospitality industry, and we are incredibly proud to be a partner in it.”

The 25-plus local hospitality and tourism partners on hand to promote their summer internship opportunities represent local restaurants, event spaces, hotels, event planners, charitable groups, management organizations, and more.

Registered participants will enter the career summit through the first floor doors of Building A (facing the courtyard), and a continental breakfast will be provided by Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe.


 The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County, Tennessee. The WCCVB stimulates economic growth through the promotion of travel and tourism assets such as history, music, attractions, entertainment, the arts, and events to visitors from around the world. For information on Franklin and Williamson County, visit us on the web at



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