Margaritaville Restaurants College Internship Program

Where is Margaritaville?

Palm trees provide the camouflage, ocean breezes bring the seaplanes and sailboats, tourists and travelers. Passports are not required. Island music rules. There is a beach and a thatched roof bar perched on the edge of the turquoise sea where you can always find a bar stool. Where is Margaritaville?

Its in your mind...

Working Vacation

Come aboard! Life's good on our boat.

Program Overview

The Margaritaville Restaurants College Internship Program is a paid, 10–12-week experience where you will be fully integrated into the day-to-day activities of a team working in one of the most dynamic and energic food and beverage locations in the country. You’ll be working in some of the most beautiful beach and tourism areas in the country while learning the inner workings of one of the most popular brands.

We offer two programs:

Margaritaville Restaurants College Internship Program

The program will include:

  • Front of the House position: Restaurant Host, or Retail Associate. Server opportunities are available for students with over 2 years’ experience.
  • Heart of the House: Prep Cook

Margaritaville Restaurants Culinary Internship Program (For culinary students only)

This Program Will Include:

Embarking on a new journey with our Margaritaville Culinary Program as you create lasting impressions and unforgettable experiences for guests from around the world. Master your craft as you work side-by side with culinary leaders and fellow "heart of the house" teams.

As a Margaritaville Internship Program participant, you will gain on-the-job experience working in our Margaritaville and Landshark Bar & Grill locations, will participate in unique learning experiences, and can meet and work with people from all over the world. Work is augmented by weekly meetings with leaders and supervisors who share the inside view of their work at Margaritaville and their experiences as leaders. The open discussion format allows participants to learn directly from leaders, ask challenging questions, and address critical issues. Participants will have the opportunity to work side by side a supervisor or manager to learn the responsibilities, duties, and real-world work experience.

We will host weekly Leadership session with Executives in Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Culinary and students can learn about philanthropy and charity elements of Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett, and will have a chance to have a work session with the CEO. The discussions are structured to provide both a functional overview of the organization and insight into a variety of leadership approaches.

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Program Ends:


Students will choose arrival and departure dates based on school schedule and housing.

You’ll be paid an hourly wage based on your position less all applicable taxes and withholdings, payable bi-weekly. If overtime is required, we will try to give you as much advanced notice as possible. Training is also paid.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university pursuing a certificate or degree
  • Have completed at least one semester of college
  • Able to start internship working at least 35 hours/week (Mid May through Mid – Late August. We will work around your back-to-school schedule.
  • Legally authorized to work in the US on a fulltime, permanent, and ongoing basis without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
  • Willing to relocate or currently live near to any of our locations that has a summer internship opportunity, including:
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Destin, FL
    • Panama City Beach, FL
    • Daytona Beach, FL
    • Miami, FL
    • Key West, FL
    • Mall of America – Bloomington, MN
  • Students must have housing confirmed and a valid driver’s license before May 2023.

Program Highlights

Why people love working for Margaritaville? Get Paid to Love Your Job, Upbeat & Fun Work Environment, Growth & Development, Opportunities, Flexible Hours and Discounts.

While this is a paid internship opportunity. Hourly wages will be based on the salary for each market.

The internship experience will be an extension of what you learn in class with a chance to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.

  • To acquire new knowledge in a new setting to enhance classroom education.
  • To apply higher order thinking skills (critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, complex problem solving) to “real world” situations.
  • To learn employer expectations for workplace behaviors.
  • To expand oral communication skills.
  • To increase skills for understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to work effectively within diverse environments.
  • To acquire additional interpersonal communication and interaction skills.
  • To develop self-reliance and self-confidence.
  • To develop and use an ethical perspective.

Transferable Skills learned during your internship include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Customer Service
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills

Your professional development includes networking events and training sessions; your calendar will always be full!

  • We’ll help you have fun outside of work with events, community connection, and networking events with leaders and other activities.
  • There are many perks to being a summer intern, but a few standouts are:
    • Access to our company store that has steep discounts on Margaritaville products
    • Contests and Prizes
    • Flexible hours
    • Working with great, diverse, and like-minded people

Special arrangements can be made to accommodate academic degree requirements. Leaders and program managers are available to meet or correspond with academic advisors, review mandatory assignments, and complete evaluations based on specific academic needs.

Ongoing communication and evaluation is encouraged as a part of every experience for the program. Participants and managers also take a step back at key points to assess your experience and measure progress Exit interviews and final evaluations help us understand how we can improve the program and provide you feedback on your performance.

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Available Positions

  • Retail Associate
  • Host
  • Server
  • Prep Cook/Culinary Assistant
  • Bartender
  • Supervisor