During your hospitality course, you may be offered a variety of internships and work experiences. This is an evolving and changing programme to ensure you get the best opportunities. We currently have students doing internships at Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Buzzlines Travel to name just a few. Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links. In year 2 you will be able to take a workplace/work-based learning module which will enable you to complete a ’live’ task and finish project with employer support.
A recent internship with the Hub was entitled ‘Supporting young people accessing meaningful work placements in the Kent visitor economy: a business stakeholders’ perspective’. This 10 week project was a collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub, and Destination Management Organisation, Visit Kent. The project was designed to support an exciting initiative focusing on skills and career progression for young people in the sector: the ‘Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild’. The intern worked on a project ‘to explore the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy', supported throughout by the project lead at Christ Church and Visit Kent.
Kristina Zelinkova, a third-year Tourism Management student, was selected as designing the winning concept and logo on a live project with Visit Kent, for the newly developing initiative, the Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild.
Some current members of the tourism teaching staff are from, grew up in or studied in countries from across the world. This includes Cyprus, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and the USA. Between us we can speak several languages and play a variety of musical instruments.
Industry stakeholders regularly contribute to the lecture programme to enhance the student experience and we hold an annual student conference at which the region’s employers come to talk to our students about the key challenges they face in the workplace and the best graduate routes into working in the hospitality industry.
“The course gave me a good insight of the hospitality and tourism industry. So when I started working in a hotel there are many things that I could relate with. Even the assignments is not only theory based, they are also applicable in the workplace. For this reason, I decided to go a step further to enhance my career opportunities and success, by enrolling in the Masters course."