Clubs and Organizations
The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) 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 them after they graduate.
SHA clubs offer students the opportunity to further develop their interests and passions 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 touring facilities to learn more about a particular aspect of the industry.
Students may join more than one club as a member and may also run for an elected officer position. At the beginning of each fall semester, learn more by attending the Club Fair. You may also learn more about SHA clubs and organizations on OrgSync, a web-hosted platform that creates an online community for SHA clubs, and for clubs and organizations at Cornell as a whole.
More information on the below clubs can be found on Cornell University's Student Organizations site:
- Air and Sea Society, Cornell
- American Hotel and Lodging Association, Student Chapter, Cornell University
- 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 Sales and Marketing Association International
- Hospitality Students International
- Hotelie Entrepreneurs
- Hotelies Serving Society
- National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
- Nightlife Hospitality Club
- Securities Analysts
- Ye Hosts Honorary Society
The Ambassadors seek to promote a positive image of SHA to all visitors, including industry leaders, incoming students, and alumni. Ambassadors, who assume the role of student advisors, provide a support system for first-year and transfer students. They also serve as hosts for companies holding presentations and receptions at the school.
The Air and Sea Hospitality explores the aviation and cruise industries. The club involves more than just purchasing a plane/cruise fare, boarding, and arriving at your destination. Every aspect of that simple process comes with variables that dictate everything ranging from the price you pay to the quality of service you receive onboard!
The American Hotel and Lodging Association is an advocate of the American lodging industry for SHA students through education, information, and member services, and aims to build meaningful and professional connections between AH&LA and Cornell Univeristy.
CMAA, Cornell Chapter promotes close ties between the CMAA and students at SHA. 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 and 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 SHA students, and promotes the fields of hospitality finance, accounting, and technology within the school.
HSMAI provides SHA 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.
Hotelie Entrepreneurs helps students seek developmental opportunities in the hospitality industry and 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 SHA 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 communities and apply what they have learned about service in the classroom to bettering those communities.
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.
The Nightlife Hospitality Club cultivates an understanding of the nightlife industry and the relevance of nightclubs, bars, and casinos as important revenue streams for hospitality companies. Serving as a conduit between executives in the industry and students, the club sponsors charity events, hosts guest speakers, and organizes nightlife venue tours.
The CU chapter of the New York Society of Security Analysts brings together SHA students interested in pursuing a career in financial services, connecting them with alumni and industry leaders through on- and off-campus events. Members will become more informed about working in the industry and gain exposure to successful industry leaders.
Ye Hosts is a group of select students who strive to set examples of overall excellence in SHA and to make charitable contributions to their community.