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Opinion Article 3 March 2021

HVS Internship Study: Effectiveness of Internship in the Indian Hospitality Sector

By Mandeep S Lamba, MRICS, President (South Asia), New Delhi and Dipti Mohan, Senior Manager - Research, New Delhi and Shalloo Dhillon, Vice President Executive Search (South Asia)

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The Indian hospitality sector has grown rapidly in the past couple of decades and is a key employment generator for the country. According to WTTC, travel & tourism sector contributed 6.8% and 8% to the country's total GDP and employment, respectively, in 2019.

However, shortage of quality personnel has been a perennial problem for the sector even though several students graduate from specialized hospitality institutes in the country every year. It is high time that the hospitality sector introspects on this challenge, especially as several hospitality students prefer joining other sectors after their graduation. An effective and fruitful internship experience, which in most cases is the first practical exposure to the industry for young students, can go a long way in overcoming this challenge by changing the perception that students have about working in the sector.

Internships will become even more important going forward as hospitality companies try to achieve a leaner team and prefer graduates who have already accumulated experience within the workplace as this will also reduce training needs. Meanwhile, a successful internship will help fast track employees in the right direction, achieving middle management and executive levels at a faster pace.

Through this study, HVS endeavors to gauge the effectiveness of internships in the hospitality sector, exploring the perspectives of different stakeholders involved. As part of the research process, we conducted an online survey with students and in-depth interviews with academia and industry stakeholders. The study aims to identify and understand the challenges faced by students as well as the industry during the internship programs, while providing recommendations that can help make internships a fruitful process for all the stakeholders.

Download 'HVS Internship Study' here.


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