Spend the day immersed in the business of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway. Get a five-star lesson on hotel management at the Ritz-Carlton. Attend New York Fashion Week to learn from the best in the industry. Below are just a few examples of the unique education opportunities that College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management students get every semester.
Business of NASCAR
Students get to spend the day with executives at Darlington Raceway to learn how this historic track generates $50 million in economic impact and earns the reputation #TooToughToTame. Students also got to meet No. 22 NASCAR driver Joey Logano to hear a pro athlete perspective on sport business.
New York Fashion Week
For the past two years, a few lucky students have gotten a free trip to New York City to represent South Carolina’s Department of Retailing at the IMG College Licensing's Collegiate Experience at NYFW: The Shows.
Students gain valuable work experience each year at some of the most famous golf tournaments in the country thanks to the college’s industry partnerships. Recent experiences include the PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Wells Fargo Championship and other PGA Majors.
When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament came to Columbia in 2019, College of HRSM students enjoyed a courtside classroom. The national event provided a range of opportunities, including event volunteer opportunities and venue tours with professors and venue managers.
The Big Show
The National Retail Federation hosts the biggest retail industry conference in New York City, and South Carolina retailing students are at the center of the action. Each year, a group of students and faculty head to the Big Apple to learn the latest trends and connect with top employers.
Learning at the Ritz
Hospitality management lessons take on new meaning when the Ritz-Carlton is your classroom. International hotel management students got to spend the day touring the luxury hotel brand’s Charlotte location while hearing industry best practices from the hotel’s executives.