Internships provide the student with a chance to put theory into practice and to gain “hands-on” experience that will be of benefit in a managerial role once he has graduated. The student is able to discover the complexity of real life situations, but also to appreciate the effect of his own behavior and work. The industrial placement provides a way for the student to experience the major field of study prior to graduation. It is an excellent way to build on the knowledge and skills gained during the first 2.5 years of the curriculum. Further, it is a strategic avenue for the student to becoming employed by the company of his choice following graduation.
The industrial placement also enables the student to establish an industry network. The 21-week internship is spent in leading hotel organizations or related organizations around the world. Some students choose to perform their industrial placement abroad. They experience foreign cultures and acquire knowledge of international Hospitality Management. Placement opportunities are available in a range of countries including Belgium, Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, the Netherlands Antilles, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Jamaica and Aruba. A complete overview can be obtained from the Academic Administrator and Third Year Co-ordinator.
During the placement, the student will complete a project commissioned by the host company. For the project, the student will need to use the research skills he has developed during the writing of the dissertation in the third year. The project should include a problem statement, literature research, a description of the methods used and conclusions and recommendations for the company. At the end of the placement, a presentation of the project will be given for the Management of the host company. The projects provide additional information for placement mentors and lecturers on trends and developments in the industry which can be used in updating and revising the curriculum.
Industrial placement is the final stage of the student’s training and some students receive offers for permanent positions in their industrial placement company.
Some of the companies where our students have completed their Industrial Placements:
eMakhosini Boutique Hotel, Durban
The World, International Cruise Ship
Black Marlin Seafood Restaurant, Simon’s Town
The Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa, Johannesburg
Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hemingways Casino, East London
Shamwari Townhouse, Port Elizabeth
Labadi Beach Lodge, Ghana
Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town
New Kalala Camp – Kafue National Park, Zambia