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The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program

Rita and Navin Dimond founded Stonebridge Companies in 1991 and have grown it to become one of the nation’s leading development and hospitality management companies, with a portfolio of more than 60 hotels. The Dimond Fellows at MSU Denver will be afforded unique access to education and training opportunities that will prepare them to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.

Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Intern (paid) at select Stonebridge Companies properties in Denver for one semester, rotating through all major departments while earning three credits over the course of the 15-week semester
  • Earn the chance to win a $5,000 award for the Top Fellow of the year
  • Gain access to an invaluable network of leaders in Denver’s hotel industry

Spring 2021 Dimond Fellowship Application




Spring 2020 Dimond Fellows


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Claire McAteer recently graduated the School of Hospitality with a degree in Multidisciplinary Hospitality Studies. During her fellowship, Claire worked at the Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek.

When asked about her experience, Claire said, "In my time spent as a Dimond Fellow at the Hilton Garden Inn I learned to adapt quickly, build relationships with guests, and look at the bigger picture of what it truly takes for a hotel to run. This experience allowed me to grow as a leader and find my place in the hospitality world. I am excited to see where my career in hospitality can take me!" 


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Brian Mittler recently graduated from the School of Hospitality with a major in Restaurant Management. During his fellowship, he worked at the Doubletree Denver Tech Center.

When asked about his experience, Brian said, "I really enjoyed my time learning all about the hotel industry during my time at Doubletree DTC. I was able to learn how all of the different departments interact and make the hotel run. Unfortunately my time was cut short due to coronavirus but I learned a lot of great things that I will use throughout my career."


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