Scholarships and Internships
For many years, IACC has granted scholarships to deserving students in hospitality programs globally and supports a number of initiatives aimed at educating the next generation of industry leaders, to the possibilities that exist in the conference centre industry.
IACC’s chapters work hard to deliver a range of initiatives:
- Student Scholarships
- Partnering with global Hospitality School’s
- Student particpation at conferences, events and volunteer groups
- Global Internship Program
Currently, IACC’s portfolio of student financial aid programs includes:
- IACC Conference Venue Industry Scholarship
- The Doris Sklar Award at New York University
(Scroll down for descriptions of these programs)
IACC CONFERENCE VENUE INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP
Annually, the Americas and European Chapter provide hospitality students an opportunity to participate in a industry related research project, which is delivered in person by the students at the chapter annual conference. This provides important learning for students and valuable insights for IACC’s members:
- Raises awareness of conference centres and IACC to global hospitality students.
- Encourages student groups to tackle industry issues by developing research and delivering trends.
- Allows students to participate in learning opportunities at IACC events.
- Provides IACC members important insights by providing quality research and trends.
- Encourages the generation of industry leaders to interact and participate in debates and discussions alongside current industry leaders.
DORIS SKLAR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
In 1997, IACC joined forces with NYU’s Tisch School of Hospitality Management to fund this award in honor of Doris Sklar, long-time supporter of the conference centre industry and highly recognised leader in the meetings industry. First awarded in 1999, each year the Doris Sklar Award provides a $5000 grant-in-aid to a deserving hospitality student at New York University. As well as one registration for the annual conference, and the option to attend the full pre-conference tour, or the one-day tour option preceding the annual conference.
If you are a student in the hospitality program at NYU, contact Donna Quadri-Felitti, Ph.D., CHE, CHDM, Academic Chair and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU School of Professional Studies to express your interest in the Doris Sklar Award. (Previous IACC scholarship winners are ineligible).
Past Doris Sklar Award Winners
- 2019 – Michelle Vuong
- 2018 – Camille Aké
- 2017- Kate Blumenthall
- 2016 – Yiyi Ge
- 2015 – Daniil Dunaev
- 2014 – Chloe Hsia
- 2013 – Hanna Geim
- 2012 – Serena Sun
- 2011 – E.J. Lee
- 2010 – Priscilla Plasai
- 2009 – Zhe Li
- 2008 – Danielle Shapiro
- 2007 – Chanelle Dolbeare
- 2006 – Ilisa Stein
- 2005 – Stephanie Nelson
- 2004 – Angela DeVoe
- 2003 – Mi-Kyung Chang
- 2002 – Cheng Wang
- 2001 – Sonia Datta
- 2000 – Ivan Turnipseed
- 1999 – Georgia Condoulis
IACC member conference centres operate in over 20 countries worldwide and provide hospitality students with national and international internships. Many students go on to develop exciting careers in the conference centre industry with IACC members.
Case Study of a IACC Intern
Miguel-Angel Siedi-Kosunen, Kendall College, Chicago.
“My idea after graduating from Kendall College was to work in an environment that would allow me to use all my abilities and skills. I had that opportunity at the Summit Executive Centre. Even though my main role was to handle the front desk, I assisted in F&B functions, marketing, room set-up and more. I truly enjoyed my experience, not only because I personally grew as an individual, but also because the new skills and abilities that I acquired will be beneficial for me in the future. My experience at the Summit Executive Centre exceeded my expectations.”
Louise Silberman, Managing Director, Summit Conference Centre, Chicago.
“I attended a breakfast workshop at Kendall College and was seated next to Miguel-Angel Siedi. I was impressed from the moment I met him. He was eager and enthusiastic about joining the hospitality industry. When I hired him a few months later, I was not disappointed. He clearly was prepared for what it takes to be successful. He understood the importance of customer service and was extremely detail oriented. In the time that he worked for the Summit he left his mark!”
If you are interested in applying for a IACC internship at a IACC conference venue in any of the 20+ countries IACC has members, please submit your interest here.