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Internship Stories | Charli & Anika Work Alongside Tourism Experts on their QRC Internship

Putting Theory into Practice.

Studying in the tourism hubs of Queenstown or Paihia, students quickly understand how important the tourism and hospitality sector is to the New Zealand economy.

Industry immersion starts on day one at QRC and we are proud to have an extensive industry network across New Zealand and around the globe.

With dedicated internship managers, students are taught the importance of personal brand, effective communication and are enabled to develop tangible job-seeking skills.

A Fully Paid 9-Month Internship

Why Internship?

The purpose of both the diploma programmes is to provide a seamless transition from tertiary education to graduate employment in the adventure tourism / hospitality sector. Pivotal to Graduate success is the completion of the fully paid internship midway through the programme which provides the opportunity to apply practical skills and knowledge within the professional industry environment. 

The unique learning outcomes see students becoming a practitioner who can apply themselves to departmental roles at industry standards & deploy self management strategies. QRC internship students are capable and ready to reason their theoretical classroom learning and industry knowledge in the analysis of policies and processes within business and utilise standard industry practices to resolve problems in the workplace.

 

Employer & Student Expectations

QRC’s expectation of industry partners is for employers to treat our student/intern the same as they would any other employee; offering them the chance to undergo in-house training and gain practical experience and exposure to the industry.  The employer also commits to the student’s direct line manager completing a performance report at the 3-month mark, allowing us to assess how they are tracking and offer any additional
support if required, and then again at the end of employment to enable us assess the development of the student while under the guidance and mentoring of the company

Where can I go?
  • New Zealand & East Coast Australia; students are encouraged to leverage the advantage of QRC’s extensive network of industry partners.  From Hamilton Island and Wolgan Valley in Australia to iconic NZ brands across the country, the opportunity to learn from within and network among the leaders in tourism and hospitality is at hand
  • Worldwide; students are able to travel across the globe to pursue their specific interest where commitment and understanding from the employer can be assured & visa requirements are met by the student.

Students identify the location and businesses that are most of interest to them for internship and are supported to achieve this goal.

Duration & Earning Potential

Level 6 Diploma  – Adventure Tourism | Hospitality

1000 fully paid hours are undertaken in appointed roles with a view to comparing and contrasting learnings to industry application over an allocated 9 month period. $20,000 earning potential

Level 7 –  Graduate Diploma

200 fully paid hours are undertaken in appointed roles with a view to comparing and contrasting learnings to industry application over an allocated 3 month period. $4,000 earning potential

A Competitive Advantage

The key benefits of an internship include: 

  1. Develop an awareness of workplace issues
  2. Explore different career areas
  3. Identify and develop transferable skills
  4. Become self-aware
  5. Apply theory to practice
  6. Enhance CV with good, practical and relevant experience
  7. Improve self confidence and sense of responsibility
  8. Boost employment chances
  9. Earning capability to offset study /living costs
Continued Support

As an extension of the classroom, the practical setting of internship within real life business extends many challenges to students. Support networks remain in place at college to buoy  internships students through their placements when necessary and they very much remain part of the QRC community.  The focus is on the learning outcomes and the lessons learnt from both positive and negative experience within the workplace. 

A Unique Proposition

 

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