If you want to hire a hospitality student for your internship vacancies we believe that we have the ideal solution.
Hundreds of hotels around the UK recognise the benefits of employing an intern. However, fewer choose an international student believing that it isn’t possible or that it is too complicated. Working Holiday Store makes the process simple and opens up access to talented and enthusiastic young internship applicants from around the World.
Using our overseas recruitment partners we make the process simple and straight forward allowing you to recruit the most suitable applicant for your hotel’s needs.
What is an internship?
An internship is a temporary placement that provides work/industry training and experience. Most interns are university level students or recent graduates who are looking to increase their experience and expand their hospitality industry knowledge before looking for a full-time career job.
What’s in it for an employer?
Interns are looking for any opportunity to showcase their talents and hopefully jump-start their careers. They have a finite time to prove themselves and as a result they work hard. Hiring an intern can increase the productivity of your business without breaking the bank.
International interns can provide huge value:
- Affordable, short-term and flexible
- Enthusiastic and committed
- Relevant experience through studies or work
- International perspective to help identify with your guests
- New ideas/view points to stimulate the workplace
- Enable you to develop and explore new projects
- Encourage international job and knowledge sharing
Why recruit an intern through Working Holiday Store?
Working Holiday Store acts as an intermediary. We are based in the UK where we provide employers with a quick and efficient service. We understand your main focus is maintaining and growing your business. Our aim is to help you find the most suitable, well prepared intern in the most efficient way.
If you are new to hiring interns we will guide you through the process. If you already offer an internship scheme we will work with you to make sure our systems align. We maintain a pool of talented young students and will short-list only those who we feel will be of most relevance to your hotel and internship opportunity. Assuming that you are happy with the candidates that we present we will help arrange telephone/Skype interviews before you make your final selection. Following interview you will issue the candidate your usual fixed term contract of employment. The relationship of employee and employer is direct and we won’t get in the way of your usual HR processes.
In the unlikely event that following an interview you aren’t sure about the applicant then let us know. We’ll inform the students and pass on any feedback. Where possible we’ll try and find someone more suitable for your business.
We work with long-standing partners in each of our represented countries. All interns are pre-screened so when you consider a Working Holiday Store intern you can rest assured that they have:
- an appropriate educational background or relevant work experience
- realistic expectations
- a clean police record and medical clearance
- been pre-screened for visa eligibility and where appropriate they’ll receive assistance with the visa process
- assistance with international travel arrangements and travel insurance
- pre-arranged accommodation (where necessary)
- assistance obtaining their National Insurance number and bank account formalities
- on-going support in the UK
Do I have to pay recruitment fee?
No. Employers do not pay any fee to be introduced to the intern. However, all of the interns through the Working Holiday Store are seeking a paid internship. You are obliged to pay the intern a salary appropriate for the tasks and training that they will receive and no less than National Minimum Wage.
Can I take an unpaid intern?
Yes, subject to the regulations surrounding UK Minimum Wage, it is possible to have an unpaid international intern. However, this arrangement is best suited to short-term placements. Unpaid interns have a “volunteer” status which means that they can come and go as they please, are not under any contract of employment and in general terms are only able to shadow an existing staff member. If you want to train and benefit from the intern’s skills then you should expect to add them to your pay-roll. Working Holiday Store does not work with unpaid internship placements.
The internship is an educational experience and you will demonstrate this by providing an outline training plan. This will be of benefit to the intern, helping them to understand whether your position is right for them. Department Managers will find it helpful as a reference point to ensure the student is gaining the right experience.
Interns are looking for operational experience in one or more of the following areas
Food & Beverage (experience across different outlets, room service, and it could also including Conference, Banqueting and Events)
Front Office/Guest Relations
Kitchen Trainee chefs and Culinary Art students looking to gain kitchen experience across different sections of the kitchen.
In normal cases the intern will benefit most if they are able to rotate through a number of different departments or sections, learning from existing staff and undertaking tasks that will enhance their knowledge and experience. They can also undertake projects or research work, or simply contribute to daily tasks. Interns are not, and should not be used as an alternative to low-skilled employees and the work they do must be skilled to an equivalent of NVQ or SVQ level 3 or above. An intern should be seen as positive and contributory staff member. To get the most out of them, you should provide them with clear tasks and objectives. This will help productivity and will also be useful should you take another intern in the future.
What are the benefits of taking an international intern?
Experience shows that interns who are travelling overseas have more to gain and therefore more to lose from a placement. As such they are fully committed to the post. International applicants bring a new dimension to your hotel, they share new ideas and thoughts and your full time staff will become more globally aware.
EU interns do not require any additional visa documentation.
Non-EU interns enter the UK under the UKBA Tier 5 – Government Authorised Exchange initiative, a sub category of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker programme. The programme is intended to promote youth mobility. While there isn’t a direct one-for-one arrangement for reciprocal exchange, by providing overseas visitors with this type of experience, participating countries are more likely to welcome young British nationals on similar work and internship programmes. Working Holiday Store and each of our partners offer international opportunities to young British people. In an ideal situation, larger hotels will be able to support local and international interns.
If you would like to consider international interns through this programme, please send us your contact details and we will get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail. We can look at our current pool of applicants and consider any specific requirements that you may have.
In most cases we suggest you expect a six to eight week lead time. This allows time to view applications, interview and prepare documentation. With the help of our partner, the intern will have time to make their visa application (where necessary) and prepare for their trip.
Awesome Work & Travel
Working Holiday Store is proud to work with Awesome Work & Travel South Africa. South Africans are known to deliver some of the best service within hospitality and these enthusiastic students are eager to gain some international experience.
GoXplore is our partner in Sweden. The students and young people of Sweden have a great work ethic and outstanding language skills. They are also fun loving and make the most of every situation they’re presented with.
International Exchange of North America (IENA)
IENA has been arranging reciprocal international work exchange programmes to and from the USA since 1995. They are designated by the US Department of State to sponsor several J-1 visa categories for work & internship programmes in to the USA.
IENA partner with major universities across North America, where they promote the benefits of overseas work and travel experience.