Editor's Note: The University of Baguio deploys its Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism students in establishments in the country and abroad for its local and international on-the-job training program. For over five years, UB has deployed more than 200 trainees in more than three countries across Asia and America. In the following article, UB interns Princess and Claire, who trained in Vietnam, share their thoughts on the benefits of international on-the-job training.
Danna Claire Longay (left) and Princess Mae Liberato (right) with Christian Bernkopf, general manager of AVANI Haiphong Harbour View, a four-star hotel in Vietnam. Danna and Princess trained in Vietnam from April to July 2015.
International experience is essential for aspiring professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry. Interns work in hotels, resorts, theme parks and information centers. They are posted in the reception desk, marketing and communications department, or in management. They may also work in tour companies and event and conference centers in some of the most-visited cities in the world.
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your résumé, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective.
Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
International experience is a must for those interested in pursuing a career with a multinational hotel or resort company, and employers look for candidates with the depth of experience that an international internship provides. An international internship is a smart way for aspiring professionals to begin their career in the field. –Princess Mae Liberato and Danna Claire Longay
Princess Mae Liberato and Danna Claire Longay are graduating BS Tourism students of the University of Baguio.