Supporting Education


Our corporate philosophy places considerable value on education. Through mentoring and other programs, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. supports the educational pursuits of employees, their families and other individuals who live in our destination communities.

L’Ecole Nouvelle Royal Caribbean

L’Ecole Nouvelle Royal Caribbean, one of the first schools to be built in Haiti after the earthquake, was officially opened by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on October 12, 2010.

The 6,500-square foot school complex will serve children in pre-kindergarten through 9th grade. The school, built on land that the company leases from the Haitian government, is located in northern Haiti close to nine towns and villages. Each of the six buildings has 12 classrooms, administrative offices, a computer lab and restroom facilities.


A team of 50 local Haitian workers were hired by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., to build the school complex, which was completed in four weeks, just in time for the 2010-2011 school year. The waterproof and energy efficient buildings were constructed using fiber composite panels that can sustain hurricane winds and resist earthquake conditions. Building materials were transported from Miami on the company’s cruise ships.

The school curriculum was developed by Prodev, our Haitian partner, in keeping with the Haitian government’s educational requirements.

Florida International University (FIU) Partnership

Florida International University | Production Studio

In partnership with Florida International University (FIU), our company has created a state-of-the-art production studio which further enhances our ability to produce the highly sophisticated shows that guests sailing on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have come to expect.

Our joint partnership makes it possible for us to provide 20 corporate and shipboard internships for FIU students. The internships give the students unprecedented access to the production facility and opportunities to receive cruise industry training in areas such as operations, management, research and hospitality. Studio access will also be granted to students and faculty in the College of Architecture and the Arts, and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Also under the joint partnership, performers for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will be housed in existing FIU student housing and new housing will be built to for the growing student population.

CARTA Students

Starting in January 2015, five art students at FIU will work as entertainment interns at the new production facility built by the cruise lines and located at FIU’s North Campus. During the internships, the students will learn rigging, sound and lighting, vocals, costume maintenance and entertainment productions. Internship applicants will go through a selection process conducted by Human Resources personnel, as well as Royal Caribbean International and the Celebrity Cruises Entertainment staff.

Information Technology

Our Information Technology Department stays connected with FIU faculty and the most promising students in science and computer technology by attending annual science fairs. The fairs are also a good way to identify candidates for our Technology Summer Internship Program. FIU students make up 80 percent of our information technology interns who are often considered for full-time job opportunities with the company when they graduate.

Chaplin Students

Students from FIU’s Chaplin Hospitality school participate in our corporate internships program at our company headquarters in Miami, serving in the departments of Hotel Operations, Food and Beverage, Revenue Management and Shipboard Human Resources.


To learn more on our Mentoring Programs please click here.

Internships and Leadership Development

University of Miami – Building on Talent

Building on Talent (BOT) is our learning and development program for employees who exhibit high-potential to serve in leadership positions at the company. A hallmark annual event of the BOT program designed and offered by the University of Miami (UM) is a customized multi-day leadership workshop. During the workshop, UM faculty members offer their unique perspectives on topics ranging from strategy to globalization, finance, and leadership. The enlightening and thought provoking exchanges that come out of the workshop sessions often generate levels of thinking and ideas that employees take back to their jobs and help enhance work performance.

RCL/Bacardi University of Miami MBA Internship

In the summer of 2011, the University of Miami School of Business Administration, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the launch of their collaborative internship program for UM business administration students. Every year, five students are selected to spend a summer in the highly competitive program where they learn about business from different company and industry perspectives. The departments they will carry out their internships include Continuous Improvements, Finance, Marketing, Newbuild and Hotel Operations.

Global Leadership Development Program

The Global Leadership Development Program is an accelerated rotational program for recent MBA graduates. The graduates spend from 18 to 24 months intensively engaged in opportunities with the cruise lines multiple brands in the areas of Hotel Operations, Global Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management and Finance. When they successfully complete the program, they are e placed in key director-level roles leading our regional strategic plans in the United States or China.

Targeted educational institutions include:

  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Duke
  • Stanford
  • Wharton
  • Kellogg

Posse Foundation

The name of The Posse Foundation was inspired by a student’s lament. The student said, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” Formed in 1989, The Posse Foundation identifies and supports public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The students are placed in supportive, multicultural teams or ‘posses’ of 10 students dedicated to helping them pursue personal and academic excellence. In 2012, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. formed a partnership with The Posse Foundation and set up a Summer Internship Program providing opportunities for the students to have real world work experiences along with their formal education.

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship

Student interns of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Summer Internship Program gain valuable experiences through exposure to real-life business situations at our corporate headquarters in South Florida. For eight weeks in the summer, interns become a part of our dynamic workforce and work closely with our leadership to learn how we create the products, systems and services that help us deliver the best vacation experience to our guests. Students also have opportunities to interact with executives during Emerging Leader speaking engagements and operational ship tours.