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Skål Scholars Program



The Skål Scholars Program exists to increase industry exposure and networking opportunities to university students interested in pursuing a tourism-related career. An intensive one-week program integrates mentorship by hospitality executives, career insights, industry discussions, and behind-the-scenes company networking visits. Program participation will give students a deep understanding of the fields (i.e., meetings and events, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, destination marketing organizations) that comprise tourism, the largest non-governmental sector in Washington D.C.


The Program is designed to:

  • Expose the younger generation of Travel & Tourism Professionals to the wide array of business’ and careers that our industry offers
  • Assign a Mentor to each participant to help with networking and provide career advise
  • Concentrate a number of industry visits, for the participants, within a short period, thereby highlighting the range of business options within Tourism
  • Create greater Awareness of Skål International among the younger generation of Travel & Tourism
  • Strengthen the relationship between our Skål Washington DC Chapter and the local universities in the region


Applications are now open for our 2018 Skål Scholars Program!


Application Deadline: June 30, 2018


Program Dates: August 20th - 24th


Specifics: This one-week program will incorporate eight half-day sessions at designated Washington-DC based tourism-related businesses. The interactive sessions will be in conjunction with executives who are also members of Skål DC. In addition, you will have personal advising meetings with accomplished senior executives who will serve as your Skål Scholar mentor.  


Benefits: Students will receive a small monetary stipend for full program participation, a certificate of completion, and invaluable access to Skål DC industry executives. 


Criteria for Student Participation: 

  • Currently enrolled in hospitality high school/undergraduate / graduate studies focused on a tourism-related field.
  • Be fully available to participate the entire week.
  • Dress in business casual throughout.
  • Arrive on time for all meetings.
  • Be willing to participate in any activities asked of you by mentors.
  • Post on the Skål Facebook page with photos and a small synopsis of daily activities.
  • Be prepared for each industry appointment, ready to ask questions.
  • Take diligent notes to complete a one-page evaluation after program completion.
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner.
  • Attend (if possible) a complimentary Skål dinner in September for a certificate presentation and additional networking experience with the larger Skål DC community.

If you are a student and would like to apply to participate in the program that is scheduled this summer for the week of August 21st -28th please complete the application below.  If you are selected you will be provided a small monetary stipend for participating in the week.


Three students will be selected as Skål Scholars, and all applicants will be notified of the selection decision in early May.


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