Hospitality Is for Everyone

Apr 15, 2023

Are you ready to launch your hospitality career? From entry-level positions to advancement opportunities, the American Hotel and Lodging Foundation’s workforce development programs, scholarship initiatives and educational resources elevate and empower the next generation of hospitality leaders.

The ‘A Place to Stay’ Campaign Will Help You Choose Your Career Pathway

Want to work in hospitality after graduation but don’t know where to start? Check out the “A Place to Stay” campaign to see how your learning in school can connect to the hotel industry’s 200+ career pathways through real-life hospitality success stories. Launched in early 2022, this ongoing effort shows job seekers the myriad of perks and unique benefits in hospitality, such as competitive wages, travel, flexible schedules and potential for advancement. From part-time jobs to a lifelong career, hospitality has something for everyone. As a student embarking on your career, hospitality will allow you to test-run different pathways to uncover your ideal fit. Explore the endless possibilities at, follow the social media channels @thehotelindustry, take a career pathway matching quiz and apply to hotel jobs in your area.  

Professional Development Scholarships Bolster Your Industry Credentials

Once you land that great job, you can earn industry-recognized certifications by applying for a Professional Development Scholarship. Professional Certifications are the perfect way to distinguish yourself in the hospitality industry. An industry-recognized credential enhances your professional skills while growing your industry knowledge and showcasing your expertise. The AHLA endorses over 20 certifications, from entry-level to advanced certifications and are administered through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

AHLA Foundation Career Center and Hiring Portal Helps You Find Jobs

Another excellent resource for taking your hospitality career to the next level is the AHLA Foundation’s hiring portal. AHLA Foundation partnered with HCareers to connect high-quality candidates with employers. You can search for jobs via the portal, research resources and search for career pathways to support you and your career search. Registration on the site is free and allows you to manage your job preferences and quickly apply to job openings.

Funding the Future: More Than $1 Million in Academic Scholarship

Are you considering attending college for hospitality? Apply for an AHLA Foundation scholarship. Each year, the AHLA Foundation allocates more than $1 million in academic scholarships to two- and four-year hospitality students. While the portal is closed for the upcoming school year, check out our website for more scholarship information and future funding opportunities.  

Registered Apprenticeship Training Program Provides Opportunities for Lifelong Learning

The AHLA Foundation registered apprenticeship training program offers a combination of online courses and on-the-job learning. The program allows you to earn industry certification and college credit to advance your career at no cost. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation’s first hospitality apprenticeship is a win-win for employees and employers. Available in three career pathways, learn more about continuing your training and education as an apprentice as a Hotel Cook, Maintenance Employee or Lodging Manager and fast-track your advancement with these specialized programs once you land that hotel job. Over 70 employers are already participating in this national program!

Take the Initiative to Grow Your Career

As you prepare to graduate from high school or college, you are in the driver’s seat of your future. These programs and resources will set you up for success as you begin your hospitality journey. Apply for a job today, consider your eligibility for scholarships and set yourself up for future professional development opportunities as you progress in your career. To learn more about how the AHLA Foundation can help you on your hospitality journey, visit


AHLA Foundation

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. We provide impactful solutions that drive the recruitment, retention and development of individuals for life-long careers in hospitality. The Foundation is funded by grants and charitable contributions from generous individuals and organizations who want to support individuals seeking opportunities to thrive in the hotel and lodging industry.

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