Four students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) recently joined InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa to kick-start their one year industry apprenticeship.
This is part of their degree program which would allow them to gain firsthand experience of the tourism industry and develop their skills in various departments prior to graduating in 2017.
With the objective to strengthen Fiji’s growing tourism industry by investing in its people, the resort is one of the principal tourism operators in Fiji to partner with USP for paid apprenticeships. The skills acquired through these internships will benefit the students regardless of their future career paths.
Internships at the InterContinental Fiji provide students perks which include gaining experience, developing skills, building contacts, strengthening resumes and learning about a new field all while assessing their individual interests and abilities.
“We want our interns to learn and accumulate as much practical experience as possible and to give them an opportunity to apply the theory they’ve learnt in the classroom to real-world situations. This programme equips the interns with the comprehension and expertise needed to excel in different facets of the hotel industry,” said Rinshu Singh, Training Manager at the resort.
The internship program, now in its 3rd year has accepted 20 students from around the country since its inception.
“It is my personal intention to come out more refined, experienced and knowledgeable about hotel operations,” says Polly Vatu, one of the four interns at the resort.
To be accepted into the program, students must be recognised as high potential candidates by their institution, and undergo a rigorous series of interviews at the annual USP Careers Fair, which was held in September last year.
In a past reference by Greg Cornwall, Coordinator of the Hotel Management Programme at the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management in the University of the South Pacific he stated that the initiative has been a great success one. He further said that practical experience is a vital skill in an increasingly competitive industry and that it is great students are being invested in and consequently the longevity of the Fiji’s tourism industry.