During your tourism 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 working with Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame, Dreamland, Howletts and Port Lympne 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 a project with employer support.
A recent internship with our Tourism and Event Research 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 University and Visit Kent.
Tourism students are also encouraged and supported to take part in as much volunteer work as possible during their studies.
Three 3rd year Tourism and Events students, Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, have gained excellent volunteering experience with Canterbury Festival. Helping with the implementation of Audience Finder surveys, at key events during the Festival, they have gained an insight into this area of work and it has shown them how the industry tools used in their marketing module are applied within the sector.
Rachel Pilard, Marketing Manager describes working with the students as:
“a fantastic experience, the students were incredibly professional and their work has helped the implementation of this year’s research immensely.”
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. For further information please have a look at how Kristina and others took part in the competition.
We work with a range of industry partners, which are supported by the work of the Tourism and Events Research Hub. Through these links we are able to secure internship opportunities for students and a range of industry guest speakers. We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and consultancy work.
“One of the greatest opportunities I have had was the chance to do an internship with Buzzlines Travel, popular coach company in Kent. I now work for the company full time and have had so many great experiences working in the office, travelling with the company and I owe it all to the University and my brilliant lecturers.”