Visit Baltimore Launches 2019 Diversity Apprenticeship Program

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:30am

(Baltimore, MD) – Visit Baltimore, the official destination sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, today announced the launch of its second Diversity Apprenticeship Program cycle. In partnership with the Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation, Inc. and Destinations International, the program will grant one emerging or recent graduate unmatched on-the-job experience in the tourism and hospitality industry followed by guaranteed employment*.

In the program’s inaugural year, apprentice Deedra Mills completed the program and was hired as a Sales & Services Coordinator at the Baltimore Convention Center. “We were excited for the opportunity to bring Deedra on-board at the Center. The training and experience afforded by the Diversity Apprenticeship Program exposes the intern to a range of opportunities available in the industry. The program leaves them with comprehensive skill sets that can only serve as an asset to any employer,” said Peggy Daidakis, Executive Director Baltimore Convention Center. In her role, Mills provides on-site assistance and support to the Sales and Services Department in booking and production of events. Her duties include conducting facility tours and overseeing set-ups of exhibit halls and meeting rooms, allowing Mills to collaborate with Baltimore Convention Center clients and staff.

“Following Deedra’s success, we’re excited to kick off the second year of the Diversity Apprenticeship Program and help a worthy recent graduate get hands-on experience at Baltimore’s destination marketing organization as well as exposure to the tourism industry at large,” said Al Hutchinson, President & CEO at Visit Baltimore. “Tourism is one of the largest economic drivers in the City of Baltimore and we’re hopeful that this program, in partnership with the Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation, Inc., will continue to spread awareness about the great career opportunities available in our industry.”

As in its inaugural year, to successfully complete the program the apprentice must fulfill 600 hours of paid work, which includes shadowing across all of Visit Baltimore’s functional departments as well as relevant industry partners. The 2019 program will also follow a new model by allowing the selected apprentice to focus the majority of their time at Visit Baltimore in one of three tracks based on skills, experiences and interests: operations, marketing or sales.

While the program is open to anyone meeting eligibility requirements, it seeks to promote diversity. Priority applications will be accepted through December 2018 and the chosen apprentice will be offered a flexible start date after January 2019. To learn more about the program including eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit the Diversity Apprenticeship Program section of the Visit Baltimore website.

*If a position cannot be offered at Visit Baltimore or a participating partner, SearchWide Global will assist in out-of-market placement.

Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit