Dearbhail’s New Zealand Hospitality Internship in 2012

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Name: Dearbhail

University: Ulster University

Studying: BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management

Placement Length: 12 months New Zealand

Start Date: July – September 2011

Programme: Hospitality Internships in New Zealand

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Dearbhail applied for a New Zealand hospitality internship with her friend James. HTE Internships will be placing James and Dearbhail into the same city in New Zealand in 2012. We asked Dearbhail some questions about why she applied and what she is most looking forward to in NZ. You can check out what she said below.



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Why did you decide to apply for an internship abroad?

I chose to apply for an internship abroad as it would be a great opportunity to see other cultures and customs as I have always wanted to travel the world but especially to New Zealand and experience first-hand there customs and this is a great opportunity to do this. It is also an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends from all cultures and backgrounds and make contacts that will help me in the future.

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How do you think this will help you in the future?

This placement will give me a great opportunity to advance my skills while also learning new skills that I will never lose; these will help me in my career and will always be beneficial as this experience will always stay with me as it be a whole new exciting experience that will never be forgotten.

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What are you most looking forward to in New Zealand?

I am looking forward to seeing the culture of the local people and also being able to learn about the past and where they are now and the future of New Zealand and how they will be changing in all aspects not just in the hospitality industry. I am also really looking forward to seeing the different geographic factors that New Zealand has to offer especially they volcanos and in the south of the island the Aurora Australis that occurs within the southern hemisphere, also being able to visit the national and regional parks. I am also really looking forward to being able to experience all of what New Zealand has to offer and also being able to go to Eden Park in Auckland and experience the atmosphere would be unforgettable as New Zealand are known for their rugby and to see the All Blacks and to see Ka Mate would make the trip unforgettable. I am also looking forward to taking part in the adventure parks and adventure activities that you cannot experience in Ireland.

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What do you hope to achieve/ learn on your internship abroad?

I hope to learn new skills within the hospitality industry and experience different departments would be extremely beneficial for my career, also to be in a hotel that is different to what we have at home because New Zealand is a for-runner in the hospitality sector it would be and experience of a life time and the knowledge and skills I would learn would be unforgettable and this experience would help me further my career and will always be relevant in all aspects in the hospitality industry.

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How do you think future employers will view your time abroad?

Future employers will find the experience extremely beneficial as this gives me a wider range of experience than most people within my degree as I will have experience within different cultures and will have knowledge that most will not have and all of this and the fact that it was in a country that is known for its hospitality and its hospitality industry will therefore be extremely beneficial for future employers as it shows how diverse my experience is and this will be a vital part for future employers. This therefore means that I will stand out from the rest of the candidates.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you?

I am extremely looking forward to be able to have the opportunity to travel and work within the hospitality sector in New Zealand as it will be an experience of a life time. I am also extremely excited to be able to meet new people and experience all of what New Zealand has to offer. I hope I have the opportunity to work and travel within New Zealand.

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If you’re looking for a Hospitality Internship like Dearbhail, click through to the Hospitality Internships page for more information, or if you are ready to apply now for a great internship in New Zealand or Australia, click through to the Apply Now page.

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