Clubs and Organizations
The School of Hotel Administration is home to approximately 20 clubs and organizations that are a part of the Cornell Hotel Society, Collegiate Chapter (CHS, CC), the School’s club umbrella organization. CHS works with clubs to help students discover their career paths, develop their leadership skills, and form a wide network of contacts who can help students after they graduate.
SHA clubs offer the opportunity to further develop your interest and passion in a variety of hospitality-related areas, including spas, sales and marketing, food and beverage, real estate, entrepreneurship, and much more. Clubs are active throughout the academic year with a wide-range of events, including bringing in industry leaders -- often alumni of the school -- who share their expertise, hosting charity events, and holding competitions such as"Battle of the Chefs". You may join more than one club as a member and can also run for an elected officer position. At the beginning of each fall semester, you may learn more about the clubs by attending the Club Fair.
More information on the below clubs can be found on Cornell University's Student Organizations site:
- Beverage Club
- Club Managers Association of America
- Club for Real Estate
- Cornell University Spa Association
- Epicurean Society, The
- Female Leadership in Hospitality
- Hospitality Consulting, Cornell
- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
- Hospitality Research Analytics, Cornell
- Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
- Hospitality Students International
- Hotel School Ambassadors
- Hotelie Entrepreneurs
- Hotelies Serving Society
- National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
- Sustainable Hospitality
- Wings Society, Cornell
- Ye Hosts Honorary Society
Beverage Club aims to promote passion for beverages by providing opportunities to gain knowledge, practical skills, and participate in workshops. The organization provides networking opportunities, field trips, and numerous training seminars that will broaden students' perspectives to the vast career opportunities that exist in beverage management.
CMAA, Cornell Chapter promotes close ties between the CMAA and students at the School of Hotel Administration. The club promotes and advances friendly relations between its members and professional club managers while educating students in the field of club management.
The Club for Real Estate is a group of students sharing their passion for all aspects of hospitality real estate finance, banking, and development. The group works to foster an understanding of the industry and the trends in the marketplace, providing opportunities for networking with hospitality professionals.
CUSPA seeks to educate not only Hotelies but also the entire Cornell community about the spa industry. CUSPA strives to educate, connect, and promote the spa industry to Cornellians.
The Epicurean Society is an organization uniting students with a strong interest in food and beverage in an effort to promote industry networking and career aspirations in the food and beverage industry.
The Female Leadership in Hospitality Club educates and encourages future female leaders in the hospitality industry. Members gain insights and learn from the challenges faced by female industry leaders through research, guest speakers, and networking. We aim to learn about and break stereotypes while creating strong bonds. Members attend the female leadership conference as well as have female guest speakers come to club meetings to share experiences and challenges.
CHC provides students with an opportunity to apply academic concepts to case studies and real-world consulting projects. We strive to embody the goals of the school (learning hospitality leadership through a blend of theory and practice) with a focus on analytic consulting. CHC targets students who have an interest in applying what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. We achieve our mission by working together on case studies for new members, gaining experience from real world consulting projects, and learning from guest speakers.
HFTP is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs, and other hospitality-related businesses. The Cornell University Student Chapter promotes closer ties between the HFTP organization and the School of Hotel Administration students and promotes the fields of hospitality finance, accounting, and technology within the school.
Research and data analytics is at the core of the Hotel School. CHRA aims to further establish the importance of research and innovation among the students of the school by connecting students and professors interested in research, and providing an environment where students can share research ideas, receive insight on current research projects, and explore their interests.
HSMAI provides Hotel School students insight into the marketing profession and opportunities to gain valuable marketing experience in the hospitality industry.
Hospitality Students International provides support for student development by facilitating international work opportunities and serves as a source of information by building international friendship and contacts. HSI cultivates a truly global network of social and professional contacts with alumni members, international industry leaders, and global hospitality programs.
The Ambassadors seek to promote a positive image of the Hotel School to all visitors including industry leaders, incoming students, and alumni. Ambassadors, who assume the role of student advisors, act as a support system for first-year and transfer students. They also serve as hosts for companies holding presentations and receptions at the school.
Hotelie Entrepreneurs helps students to seek developmental opportunities in the hospitality industry and to exercise their creativity to develop successful enterprises. Through think tanks, guest speaker seminars, and business competitions, Hotelie Entrepreneurs promotes entrepreneurship and creative thinking.
HS2 encourages Hotel School students to develop a lifelong spirit of service. The organization, formerly known as Hotelies Volunteering Today, is committed to helping students find opportunities to volunteer in their community and apply what they have learned about service in the classroom to making better their community.
NSMH is a national non-profit organization that seeks to promote hospitality education, to foster professional advancement for minorities, and to create awareness of minority diversity in the hospitality industry. The Cornell chapter serves as a mechanism to meet the needs of minority students of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American descent in the school.
Sustainable Hospitality seeks to assist in the advancement of sustainable knowledge for students by promoting relationsh ips and experiences in the hospitality industry. We hope to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be environmentally sustainable in their future careers and gain industry experience in an exciting field.
Wings Society, Cornell
The Wings Society explores the aviation/airline industry as a whole and educates members to the various opportunities that exist within the business. They provide resources to help students learn more about the industry and build the knowledge and network to work in it.
Ye Hosts is a group of select students who strive to set examples of overall excellence in the Hotel School and to make charitable contributions to their community.