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FIU's public-private partnerships serve as cooperative arrangements between the university and other public or private entities. In joining forces, the public and private sector are able to leverage resources to enhance learning opportunities for FIU students through experiential learning and aid the private sector as they work to develop their future workforce.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The Royal Caribbean partnership has created impact for students since the establishment of the partnership in 2014. Through a summer internship program, master classes, and the Royal@FIU World Stage, the two anchor institutions (FIU and RCL) prepare and train Royal Caribbean shipboard performers, while affording learning opportunities to FIU students. Students have a chance to participate in behind-the-scenes shipboard tours, connect with Royal Caribbean's management teams, learn from entertainment professionals, and even access Royal Caribbean's proprietary data for reserach. 

FIU students interested in learning more about internship opportunities with Royal Carribean can do so at

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    students participated in the summer internship experience in various departments throughout RCL headquarters and at the RCL World Stage at BBC

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    alumni are currently employed at RCL headquarters

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    FIU theater and music students have participated in 3 master classes at the RCL World Stage

The initiative aligns with FIU's strategic commitment to the arts and its robust effort to build win-win public-private partnership. For Royal Caribbean, the partnership builds on the company's passion for innovation and for encouraging employees to learn from one another. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg

RCL Day at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) kicked off their first RCL Day at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus with smashing success in March, 2019. More than 175 students flocked to the RCL Day on March 26 to engage with FIU alumni and RCL leadership at events focused on increasing students’ competitiveness in the job market and Royal Caribbean career pathways.

To increase FIU students’ competitiveness in the job market, the organization worked with FIU’s Career and Talent Development to host an on-campus Resume Fest. RCL recruiters spent one-on-one time with students, providing feedback on their resumes. The recruiters were so impressed by the students, they opted to stay for an extra hour to make sure every student had the opportunity to highlight their talent.

RCL partnered with the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and took it one step further by offering a Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management class. Marcus Louis and Cesar Menedez, senior revenue analysts at RCL, presented a typical work day at RCL, traits hiring managers look for in candidates and guidance for students who are interested in careers in revenue management.

Later in the afternoon, RCL leadership shared their perspectives on the hospitality industry, problem solving, leadership and what it’s like to work for Royal Caribbean during a Chaplin senior seminar.

Learn more about RCL Day here.

My favorite part about RCL Day was getting to talk to students who are in the same position I was in just a year ago. I made a difference to someone and got to spend a couple hours talking about this amazing company I love and hopefully inspired other students to come work here, too.Mariam Parada '18, shore excursion specialist and previous intern at Royal Caribbean