Industry internships: feedback from participating faculty and industry executives

Kimberly J. Harris (Associate Professor at the Dedman School of Hospitality, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Jinlin Zhao (Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality Administration, Florida International University, North Miami Beach, Florida, USA)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 1 December 2004


This study investigates the experiences of both faculty and hosting property executives with internship programs offered through the Council for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. Surveys were sent, via myriad methods, to participants asking for a summary of their experiences and suggestions for improvement. Also of interest was the feedback from hosts; therefore, surveys were also sent to all hosting company representatives for similar feedback. It was discovered that internships are of growing value to faculty and hospitality organizations and the continued development of experiences must be a priority. An interesting suggestion made by hosting executives was the hope that they could arrange internships with educational institutions, wherein they could also return to the academic environment to rekindle enthusiasm, obtain new skills, and update their knowledge on issues facing the industry they represent.



Harris, K. and Zhao, J. (2004), "Industry internships: feedback from participating faculty and industry executives", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 16 No. 7, pp. 429-435.

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