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Opting out of internship: Perceptions of hospitality, tourism and events management undergraduates at a British University

Author(s): Mandy Aggett | Graham Busby

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 106;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: placement | internship | decline | tourism | hospitality | events

Despite the irrefutable benefits, the number of students at HEIs in the UK opting to undertake a work placement is in decline (Little & Harvey, 2006; Morgan, 2006; Walker & Ferguson, 2009). The aim of this research was to determine the reasons that Tourism, Hospitality and Events students of one British university opt out of the placement year, and identify support mechanisms required in order to increase students’ participation. Responses indicated a number of issues and suggestions are made for initiatives that emphasise the value of the opportunity and encourage students to consider their career development.
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