Employing more than 235 million people worldwide, hospitality and tourism are fields of unusual depth and diversity. Career prospects expand every year and the World Travel and Tourism Council predicts that, by 2024, one in four jobs will be in the travel and tourism industry.
As a leading hospitality management school, Les Roches provides optimal preparation for a career in international hospitality management. Our students share a global worldview, a commitment to outstanding service and a passion for travel. Like us, they embrace the central mission of hospitality: making people happy.
Gain experience while building connections.
Internships are the most complete realization of Les Roches’ experiential education, allowing students to learn on the job while impressing prospective employers. Students are exposed to a broad range of internship opportunities at Les Roches; most will complete two six-month internships as part of their hospitality and management degree.
Choose your internship adventure
At Les Roches, internships are an integral part of the experience. Students are exposed to a wide variety of potential roles and employers on campus:
When considering internship possibilities, be sure to consider:
Language requirements: Most of the internship offers require proficient English, but some internships require other foreign language skills.
Visa and work permit regulations: Student nationality and international bylaws can influence the receipt of a work permit or visa for a particular country. The cost of work permits varies in each country.
Salary and facilities: Generally, companies offer meals and other benefits. Many offer lodging.
Once you’ve chosen an internship, you can focus on getting ready. The CDIP will be your ally and resource through this process, ensuring that you stay on pace with your preparation and paperwork. By the time you leave campus, you’ll be confident in your ability to perform at a professional level anywhere in the world.
Bachelor degree hospitality internships
For students in the bachelor degree program, internship options provide different experiences and develop specific skills.
Semester 2 internship: Your first internship is designed to give you real industry experience, putting into practice the basics you’ve learned at school. Depending on your program, you will intern at the operational level either in service (restaurant, bars, room service) or in rooms division (front office, housekeeping).
Semester 5 internship: The second internship, which can be completed in any department according to your interests and area of specialization, allows you to develop your understanding of administration, project management, time usage and communication in a hospitality workplace.
“I was given the opportunity to do my internship in the Human Resources Department at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Dubai. It was a great experience, contributing to my personal and professional development. Considering I am a people person, I enjoyed meeting colleagues from different cultures and doing my best to support them with their HR-related issues. I was given a chance to handle important responsibilities, including leave applications, internal transfers, sorting out CVs, assisting my HR manager with interviews and recruitments and new employee orientations. This internship helped me face and overcome challenges, adding immense value to my experience.”
Aradhana Khullar, India
Human Resources Intern | Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, U.A.E.
“I started my internship working for the maître d’hôtel and ended up assisting the F&B manager working on the new cocktail list for the bar and some events such as weddings and birthdays -- as well as controlling the stocks and staff schedules of the service team!
Les Roches gave me all the theoretical knowledge I needed for the internship. The school also gave me the basic knowledge of preparing a mise en place. Through its diverse student body, Les Roches most importantly taught me how to communicate with different people of different nationalities.”
Mickael Gautier, Switzerland
F&B Intern | Intercontinental “Le Moana,” Bora Bora, French Polynesia
“I originally signed my contract with Park Hyatt BC as the restaurant’s hostess. When the managers got to know me, they gave me the expeditor position in the evenings. Even though I was a first year intern and this was my first job, I was given the opportunity to work in a position normally held by someone who has much more professional experience in F&B/kitchen. The experience showed me that if you are passionate and dedicated to what you do, with a supportive team, you can exceed other’s expectations -- and even your own.”
Camila Ramirez Gonzalez, Spain / Argentina / Colombia
Service Intern - Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, Colorado, USA
“The Olympic Park is fantastic, I enjoyed every bit of it! On the first day of competition in the velodrome, numerous world records were broken. The atmosphere was absolutely electrifying. The crowd was just amazing -- and so loud that we had to resolve health and safety issues due to noise levels! We all worked over fourteen hours a day, seven days a week and walked an average of sixteen to twenty miles a day. We all worked hard together to make the 2012 Olympics special. I am so lucky to have had such an opportunity!”
Natalie Muscat, British / French
Events Intern | London 2012 Olympics
This balance of real, on-the-job work with theoretical management studies sets Les Roches students apart in the job market. Employers choose Les Roches specifically because they know that our graduates are ready: they already know what others need training to understand. Rest assured that when you receive your diploma, you will embark on your career with an eye for detail, solid communication and project skills, and a spirit of teamwork that will make you an asset to any job you pursue.
Employment status at graduation (All programs combined):
Every semester, more than forty of the hospitality industry's top employers visit Les Roches to recruit students. Our placement record is excellent, with an 89% employment rate at graduation.
During your time on campus, you can rely on the Career Development Industry Placement Office (CDIP) to organize interviews, get you ready for them and help you to evaluate job offers. CDIP is also a great resource for advice on writing CVs and cover letters.