American Cruise Lines

Summer Internship: Hotel Service Member

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Now accepting Summer Internship applications for Summer 2018!  This internship will run from May to August 2018! Training will take place in early May.



As an intern you will live and work aboard our fleet of ships based throughout the United States. We operate the newest cruise ships on rivers around the country and are always hiring happy, energetic students to join us. 


This is a unique semester-long (up to 16 weeks) paid position to gain experience in the hospitality industry aboard a cruise ship, for students who are currently enrolled in a 4 year college program.  Training will take place in May 2018. You'll be on board in May, June, July and August.  Interns are cross-trained in food & beverage, housekeeping, and customer service.


The Perks

  • Save Money – Pay ranges from $700 to $900 per week.  You'll earn upwards of $10,000 during your tenure.

  • Few Expenses – While on the ship, your accommodations and meals are all provided for you. It’s a dormitory-style environment most people are comfortable with from college.

  • Travel - We visit 28 states on our different cruises. While working with us, you will visit a number of unique towns and cities you may never have thought you would see.

    Hospitality Experience – This is an excellent beginning to a career in the hospitality industry and a way to build your resume with experience in food service, housekeeping, and interpersonal skills.

  • Upward Mobility – Successful stewards may apply for full time roles in either shipboard management or corporate positions. We have room to grow for qualified and successful candidates.

  • Refer a Friend - Mention us to a friend and have them apply.  We will try our best to get you on the same boat! 


The Expectations

  • Hard work – everyone in our organization works hard to keep guests happy. For Hotel Service Members (Stewards), that means waiting tables, servicing staterooms, and responding to all requests with courtesy.

  • Long hours – While on the ship, you live where you work. That means you have responsibilities every day, even early in the morning and late at night. At least twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for sixteen weeks.  We do ask that, you can commit to at least 6 weeks to qualify for the internship. 

  • Commitment to Excellence – Everything we do is for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our guests. Every request should be handled with precision and care.


The Ground Rules


If this unique travel experience is of interest, just make sure you will comply with each of these criteria and we would love to hear from you:

  • You are at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school.

  • Must be currently enrolled in a 4 year college program.
  • You are an American citizen or legally permitted to work in the United States.

  • The 12-7-16 Rule. You have to be willing to work at least 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 16 consecutive weeks (minimum of 6 for internship)

  • The US Coast Guard requires a pre-employment drug test that includes tests for marijuana. We are also an alcohol free company.

  • You can meet moderate physical demands, including lifting, bending, climbing, and long periods of standing or walking.

  • Calm under pressure – and positive attitude.

All successful candidates Must be well groomed with neat appearance and not have any major arm, hand or neck tattoos or piercings.


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American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships around the country. Our people make the difference. We recognize that our employees have made, and will keep us America's leading river cruise specialist. Our philosophy for success is simple; hire talented people then provide training, support systems and motivation so you will thrive.




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