The Union Club Hotel at Purdue University, Autograph Collection

Seating and central fireplace of the hotel lobby.

The Union Club Hotel at Purdue University

LAUNCH Immersion Program

The Union Club Hotel, 8Eleven, Leaps Coffee and Boiler Up Bar are all managed by White Lodging, one of the leading hotel management and development companies in the United States. The cornerstone program of the hotel’s student engagement is the White Lodging LAUNCH Hospitality Immersion Program. LAUNCH is designed to propel high-caliber Purdue University students into the hospitality industry by providing a paid, hands-on experience across all hotel and restaurant operational areas.

Student Spotlight

One of the many unique elements of The Union Club Hotel is its student staff. The Union Club Hotel is the only Autograph Collection hotel across the globe that is student run - from hospitality students to aeronautics students to engineering students. They will be the first to welcome you on your next visit to this luxury property. Learn more about these remarkable students below.

Carpet with the Purdue University seal.
Male student staff in a vest and bow tie.
Male student staff in a vest and bow tie.

Why did you choose Hospitality & Tourism Management?
I enjoy the hands-on and high-energy atmosphere in a hotel environment where the ultimate goal is to make guests happy.

What is your career aspiration?
I want to work in hospitality sales.

Bucket list vacation destination?
New Zealand or Dominican Republic

Favorite place on campus?
Top floor of the Purdue Memorial Union

What has working in hospitality taught you?
It has taught me that it takes a team to pull off great service.

Three words to describe you?
Committed, goal-oriented, energetic

Female student staff in a formal jacket and button up blouse.
Female student staff in a formal jacket and button up blouse.

Why did you choose Hospitality & Tourism Management?
I worked at the local grocery store in my hometown as a cashier, and I quickly found out that I love being around people.  My dad recommended that I study hospitality and then I found my passion for events.

What is your career aspiration?
I want to work in banquets as a Manager until I feel like I have mastered the position.  I really like the idea of being on task force, where you go and help other hotels and also learn how other hotels operate based on their size, location and demographics.  I would eventually like to own a banquet hall or wedding venue.

Bucket list vacation destination?
I want to see the mountains in Switzerland.

Favorite place on campus?
Slayter Hill because local bands perform on the stage whenever there's good weather.

What has working in hospitality taught you?
It has taught me that it is really important to put yourself in the shoes of others.  Everyone has their own story to tell and people want to be heard and understood.  I have learned to listen and assure people that I can help them, and make sure they get whatever they need.

Three words to describe you?
Ambitious, reliable, spontaneous

Female student staff in a cardigan over a collarless shirt.
Female student staff in a cardigan over a collarless shirt.

Why did you choose Hospitality & Tourism Management?
I love working with people.

What is your career aspiration?
I would like to be a hotel manager.

Bucket list vacation destination?
New Zealand, Bhutan, Japan and Croatia.

Favorite place on campus?
Horticulture Garden

What has working in hospitality taught you?
I've learned how to handle stressful situations and help people.

Three words to describe you?
Empathetic, Perceptive, Patient

Leading The Way

White Lodging’s relationship with the university provides students, faculty and staff with access to information and resources, including guest lectures and curriculum consulting, directly from a hospitality leader.