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Internship Program

Our Interns for 2014 have been selected.  Applications for 2015 will be accepted from September 2014 onwards.


For over 30 years, Tan-Tar-A Resort has been privileged to welcome students from all over the world to our ever-growing internship program.

Voted by Lake Lifestyles Magazine "Best Place to Stay on the Water" in 2013, and a leader in the hospitality industry, Tan-Tar-A Resort offers a paid educational work experience at an award-winning resort that includes structured rotations, observation of other departments, interesting and useful seminars, special intern projects and regular feedback opportunities. 

We welcome students May through November each year, on three month programs or longer. Those students who stay for an extended period of time usually rotate through more than one department. Our program encourages students to share experiences, set goals for learning, identify self-improvement and understand performance expectations. The special intern projects are a unique opportunity to demonstrate skills and learning and rise to new challenges.

Tan-Tar-A Resort is currently recruiting interns for Spring/Summer 2014. We would love to hear from you!


Applicants to the program must:

  • currently be studying a hospitality-related subject
  • require an internship for credit or an essential part of their formal studies
  • be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evening and holidays

Intern Opportunities

Interns will experience one main department.

Restaurants: Learn the practical duties of a casual dining restaurant, fine dining restaurant and food court operation. Learn budget processing, forecasting, payroll, scheduling and other hotel operations.

Catering: Learn the various roles within banquets and catering operations, from planning office operations to service and after-event follow-up. Shadow Audio and Visual specialists and observe the sales office or the food and beverage teams that work behind the scenes.

Culinary:  Experience a variety of kitchen facilities on property, including a high volume banquet kitchen and both a casual and and fine dining restaurant, as well as storerooms, purchasing, receiving and requisitions.

Beverage:  Be part of a wide variety of beverage functions, including lounge, restaurant, banquets, poolside and liquor room, and observe management duties such as scheduling and wage control.

Front Office:  Practice and perfect your customer service skills on front desk, PBX (hotel operators), guest services, night audit and rooms control. Dip a toe into the world of housekeeping to fully understand the check in/check out process. Students are required to fulfill a six month commitment.

Housekeeping:  Join the "heart and soul" of the resort and see what it takes to uphold the very highest standards of cleanliness and customer service. Discover new muscles while gaining a true appreciation for room control and the strongest work ethics. Housekeeping is an essential background program to support future Front Desk Managers. 

The internship experience is further enhanced by opportunities to work, shadow or observe as many other departments as you can fit in to your time. With full support from your departmental managers, Human Resources, Directors and General Manager, our Interns are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime, unrivaled learning opportunities, lifelong friendships and memories.


The advantages of an internship at Tan-Tar-A Resort include:

  • Dormitory style housing on and off property at minimal cost
  • Use of recreational facilities
  • Discounted hotel rates for family and friends
  • Cafeteria located on property, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at minimal cost
  • Seminars linking practical experience with theory and real-life management practices

Intern Testimonials

"Doing this internship made me realize I have found my field."
Lydia, Restaurant Intern 2013

"I would recommend an internship at Tan-Tar-A to anyone-the experience is amazing and the friendships you will build are unforgettable!"
Kelly, Culinary Intern 2013

"Arriving here felt like home... This has been a GREAT experience! The front desk has been a test of my work ethic but it was fun at the same time!"
John, Front Desk Intern 2013

"I really enjoyed meeting other interns, learning about the hospitality industry and spending time on the lake."
Justin, Housekeeping Intern 2013

“After mastering the basics I was able to get experience in public space, laundry, rooms inspector, houseman, and office controller. I HIGHLY recommend participating in Tan-Tar-A’s housekeeping internship. If you want to further your career within the front office, understanding these processes is ESSENTIAL. After completing this program you will have so much more respect for this department and the time and energy that is put into keeping a property’s standards to where they need to be!”
Ryan, Housekeeping Intern 2012

How to Apply

If you are interested in an internship with Tan-Tar-A Resort, download an application form  and send with a resume and cover letter to:

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Human Resources Department
Attn: Layla Thurman
P O Box 188TT
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Contact us for more information at:

Phone: 573-348-8424
Fax: 573-3488428
Email: lthurman@dhmhotels.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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