Professional experience to boost your career start

Our Swiss Professional Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HF) is highly practice oriented. The internship experience that you gain during the program will give you a competitive advantage in the job market and contribute to faster career progress.

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Two Years of Real-World Experience

In order to complete the degree, before entering the last study semester, you must have completed at least 24 months of work experience. This requirement can be achieved in several ways:

  • Internship 1 – Hospitality Operations: Your first internship takes place in Switzerland in an operational function at a hotel or restaurant of your choice.
  • Internship 2 – Management: The second internship must be completed in a supervisory or administrative role, in any type of company. It can also be done in Switzerland or abroad.
  • Other Ways: Previous work experience in hospitality can also count towards the 24-month requirement, and in-program internships can be extended from 6 to 12 months to fill in missing time.
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High-Quality Internship Opportunities

Having internships integrated into our curriculum ensures the internship placements meet strict guidelines to give students experience that consolidates their knowledge and skills learned during the school semesters.

The Career Service Team at EHL Swiss School of Hospitality & Tourism supports students in finding internships that will help them build experience to support their career goals.

Network of Internship Partnerships

EHL Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality has a large global network of internship companies and maintains an active exchange with them. The Career Services Team supports students in choosing an internship company and is present to assist students if problems arise. At the end of the internship, students evaluate the company and this information is also made available to future interns, helping them to choose the company that best suits their needs.

Here are just a few of our partners who regularly recruit EHL Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality students for internships:

Testimonials

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Internship Preparation

The members of the Career Services team have sound industry experience and training in consulting and coaching. Thanks to this expertise, students are optimally prepared for their internships in workshops. Individual one-on-one coaching ensures personal contact between the internship supervisors and students.

After the successful application phase, which may include job interviews and taster days, EHL Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality Career Services draws up the internship contracts and takes care of submitting work permits for students from abroad.

Internship Support

During the internship, students deepen their appreciation of theory learned during the study semesters through practical experience and reflect on their experiences with the help of agreements on objectives and regular journal entries.

The internship visits, which are carried out once every six months in Swiss companies by specialist teachers and the Career Services team, serve as an exchange between the school, the company and the students.

With the feedback received, the practice-oriented school programs of EHL Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality are continuously developed. Interns abroad are guided online and by telephone.

FAQs

Finding an internship, the perfect one that combines one's passions, ambitions and professional skill development is not easy. So many factors have to be taken into consideration: the location, the company, the position, personal motivation. Here are some steps to starting looking for the perfect internship that suits you best. 

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By participating in an internship while obtaining your degree, you will come out with the education you wanted along with the work experience you need to land a job that puts you on your desired future career path. Check out some ways that a school supported internship is worth your time and focus.

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Internship salary depends entirely on the location and company where you do the internship. Some countries have a minimum wage for interns, some do not. Some employers, especially in remote hospitality resort locations, may offer accommodation for interns, but most do not. By Swiss law, trainees in Switzerland must be paid a minimum monthly gross salary of CHF 2,212.