This diverse field of international internships can offer you direct experience in hotels, travel companies, tourist management, and other internships within the travel industry. Your tasks as an intern might include event planning, marketing, and customer service. See the complete list for a sampling of exciting global opportunities.
Events/Hospitality Internship at Chic Barcelona Accommodation
This chic and swanky accommodation is situated in the heart of Barcelona. It’s a modernist building typical of the city, completely renovated following an elegant and creative design, leaving a wonderful feeling of home. Founded in June 2010 the accommodation offers comfort, fun, tranquility and security in a central location.
The main tasks of the internship may include:
• Creating and developing events for guests
• Participating in departmental meetings to brainstorm and discuss business operations
• Sourcing out suppliers and negotiating budgets
• Collaborating with the PR Department to promote the events
to the public
• Ensuring the successful execution of events
• Welcoming guests at reception and providing general information about the city
• Promoting and informing the guests about daily, weekly and special events in house and throughout the city
• Helping out with reception
Opportunities may also exist in Marketing, Sales, & Reservations
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
• Communication and interpersonal skills
• English fluency, with other languages a plus
• Service orientation
• Multiple task coordination
Interns at this young, dynamic property leasing company will get to experience the real Barcelona. The company refurbishes flats in downtown Barcelona and caters to English speaking students, tourists, and businesspeople. The main tasks in this placement are related to client relations. Students with a hospitality or tourism focus will be able to meet with clients, organize events, provide support, and obtain an intimate glimpse into the industry. A background in hospitality/tourism and intermediate Spanish proficiency are required.
Ideal Candidate: An intern with intermediate Spanish language skills that has a background with coursework in tourism/
This is a unique hospitality placement with a family-owned & operated establishment located in the heart of Barcelona (along Las Ramblas). They seek talented business or hospitality students. The interns will receive a well-rounded experience in all facets of the business including reception/check in, accounting, finance, ordering and operations. The organization is dedicated to offering a valuable experience and encourages feedback and participation from the intern in the business, allowing for an amazingly tailored experience. REQUIREMENTS: Rising Junior, 3.0 GPA. A native English speaker with some Spanish background is ideal.
Ideal Candidate: Hospitality/Tourism experience and/or coursework. Must have interest in hospitality. Native English speaker is best. Great attitude needed, friendly and willing to bring fresh ideas. Owners are very open to feedback from a fresh perspective.
This travel agency specializes in organizing day trips, weekends away, and fall & spring break trips for study abroad students in Florence. They have been working with students for a decade organizing events and travel. Interns at this fun placement will market and promote programs, organize trips, and actually get to travel on the trips themselves to document! Previous interns have gotten to see Italy and write about their experience as part of their job. Those with marketing, PR, or a journalism background will flourish in this English speaking company. Students working here will gain experience in marketing, sales, event planning, business administration, and customer service.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing, PR, journalism, or tourism, and be outgoing and cheerful. No Italian language skills are required!
This hospitality company arranges day trips and weekend trips, for international students, service providers, and for UK universities, which are sold via our website, international student fairs, and through study abroad offices. We also arrange short term faculty led study abroad and study tours for university and high school students in the UK and USA. Tasks may include: assisting the Sales and Marketing department on a day-to-day basis to increase sales and awareness; assisting with new business research (online and by telephone); helping marketing staff manage contacts, including updating and maintaining records; assisting in creating e-mail shots, online marketing, and the use of social networking; helping the sales team create marketing materials, specifically developing our student online booking website; observing the operations department to understand how tours are created and delivered to our clients; providing support for staff at events.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have: an interest in travel; administrative skills; good customer service skills; the ability to communicate in a professional manner; great attention to detail; excellent organizational and record keeping skills; knowledge of MS Office Suite.
British Relocation and Social Orientation services
Working primarily with the Government Office for London and County Councils, this organization has helped thousands of those new to the UK. They help them arrive, settle, and most importantly, have a fantastic time as they acclimate to the country. This firm has been providing arrival orientation packages for international travelers for ten years. They work primarily with the UK government, several London boroughs, and other agencies.
Ideal Candidate: Sophomore class standing, 3.0 GPA, and strong organizational & interpersonal skills.
Experience with social media and events.
Can work independently.
High profile tourism company catering to wealthy and famous clients
This well established travel and tourism company catering to well-known clients in Paris is looking to add a valued team member who has the attitude to liaise with their customers.
Ideal Candidate: Well-dressed, intelligent, organized guide sought for reputable travel and tourism agency catering to political officials, celebrities and wealthy clients. Must have strong English and French skills as interpreting and translation is a critical component.
Since 2006, food and wine lovers have been coming to this Restaurant & Bar to enjoy something a little different. Known for their contemporary food, award-winning wine list and relaxed atmosphere, they take patrons on a journey with an eight-course tasting menu with matching wines, choose from their al-a-carte menu or just kick back at the bar with a cocktail or a glass of Burgundy and some bar snacks.
Ideal Candidate: A hosptiatlity or restaurant management student, hard-working and ready to learn all aspects of running a successful high-end restaurant and bar in the middle of swanky Surry Hills. Intern will gain exposure and experience with all front-end and back of the house day to day operations.
Located in the heart of Sydney's central business district, this intimate 36 room boutique hotel is located on the doorstep of Sydney's iconic Hyde Park. It is central to the best shopping, dining and entertainment districts. This is a great all around hospitality placement for someone seeking overall exposure to the industry and a very hands on experience. Tasks may include: reception/check-in, event planning, ordering and operations, reservations, general office administration, and other areas of interest.
Ideal Candidate: Background in hospitality/ hotel management and/or business.
One of Sydney's top boutique hotels also caters to an exclusive evening crowd of young professionals from creative industries. A place to stay and be seen, this is a great placement for someone to gain experience in high end hospitality and customer service.
Ideal Candidate: Keen interest in a career in hotel management and background in related area. Great presentation skills, excellent customer service. Quick learner.
Karley was just hired by the same company that she worked for in London! Karley did the internship program in London over the summer of 2012. After her internship in London she did another internship with the hotel group in the states which lead to full-time employment.
“I think it [the experience in London] helped me get my initial foot in the door. The goal of the internship London, as the management explained it, was to really teach the intern about the global revenue management department. There are a lot of different teams within because the company is so large and I spent time doing a lot of projects. During my time in London I did a lot of networking and it was key. I definitely got showcase my talent and I learned a lot as well."
Advice for future interns: "Try and go the extra mile. Make sure you make tons of contact with people before and after. The thank you email (or mail) is essential. Most people go into an interview saying you have to sell yourself, but you can't sell yourself if you're not being yourself. You need to be true to yourself and not spouting a bunch lies about what you think the employer wants."
"Interning through Global Experiences has been a unique and rewarding experience. Today, while so many students are studying abroad, there are few who gain practical work experience that Global Experiences offers. As an intern for a tour operator in Florence, I gained experience booking clients in the office as well as leading tours throughout Italy and Europe! This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to anyone."