Hospitality Careers Academy
The Hospitality Careers Academy is a terrific summer opportunity for students who are interested in a career in hospitality and tourism. During the week long Academy, students will:
  • Listen and interact with guest speakers in the industry, including speakers from Chick-fil-A
  • Participate in job shadowing and industry tours
  • Take part in team-building and leadership activities
All of this will assist students with the capstone project that integrates the skills and information the students have gained throughout the week, by executing a real event for 200+ guests. The team of students will be responsible for creating and executing the event themselves with the guidance of our mentors. 

Application Process

The Academy requires acceptance through a competitive application process that includes a completed application, an essay question, 3 recommendations, and a personal interview.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Click here to fill out an application.

Academy Dates

July 25 - July 29, 2021


The Academy's $550 registration fee includes four nights of hotel accommodations, meals for the week, and training for industry professionals.  
This fee is not due until the student is accepted into the program.  

**Different scholarship opportunities are available for students, once accepted.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact Shannon McCullough at 706.357.4405 or email.

HCA Testimonials

Patty Dennison

Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY
“HCA had a very big impact on me because in that week, they immersed me in the hospitality industry. Without HCA I would have never realized my love of the Hospitality Industry.”
Charleston Mumphery
Auburn University
“During the summer before my senior year of high school, I was blessed with the opportunity of participating in The Hospitality Careers Academy. I didn't know what to expect going into HCA, but it quickly became a week of hard work, networking, and fun. HCA challenged me in ways that I didn't think were possible: working outside of my marketing realm, making new friends with those around me, and even working effectively with little sleep. I ventured into careers I would have never thought about before through HCA, and looking back, it was one of the best experiences I've had in my life. I would challenge everyone with the opportunity to apply. The experience and connections that can be gained from joining the HCA family is invaluable, and again, I would recommend anyone with the opportunity to take advantage.”
Jennifer Golden
University of Georgia
“The biggest impact of HCA for me was the feeling you get after you successfully design, plan, and execute the event that you work on all week long with your fellow teammates. Another big impact HCA had for me was the bond that our team formed and how well we worked together.”
Jordan Makin
Georgia Gwinnett College
“The Hospitality Careers academy was more than just a program but a family, a team of people who understood the hard work and determination needed to succeed in the hospitality industry. I was blessed to learn that just because you start off with a struggle doesn't mean you will end that way. It’s all worth it in the end; from the beautiful people you meet, to the family you become.”
Paxton McCullough
Monsignor Donovan High School
“It really changed how I thought about my future. I was so lucky to learn from different people during the week that truly enjoy what they do. Their passion and dedication inspired me to get out of my comfort zone.”
Zariyah Williamson
Arabia Mountain High School
“I was able to be a part of the Hospitality Careers Academy in the summer of 2014. It was a great experience; although the eight of us came in not knowing anyone, we connected quickly and became very close. In the beginning of the week we put together our plan for our big event on the last day of The Academy. Our event had a great outcome; our hard work was apparent throughout the entire event. I enjoyed this experience and if I could have the chance to do it again I would! Thank you HCA for allowing me to have this opportunity.”
Madison Howard
Georgia State University
“HCA has solidified my love for the hospitality industry. When I went to this camp, I had no idea what to expect but I met so many people that shared their love for the industry that I just knew event planning was the job for me!”