Are you looking to gain international work experience in the tourism, hospitality or travel industries? At Intern Abroad HQ, we offer a diverse range of overseas internships and virtual internships that can set you up for a successful career in hospitality, tourism and travel.
Employers in this sector favor a global mindset and international experience with reputable travel organisations across the world. Our tourism and hospitality internship programs are personalized to suit your career goals, enabling you to gain relevant experience, build a deep cultural intelligence and nurture soft skills. These are essential if you are to flourish in the fast-paced and competitive tourism and hospitality industries.
Why do tourism employers favour candidates who have interned abroad?
If you’re seeking a career in the tourism industry, then having experience traveling abroad is a huge bonus. Interning abroad is strongly associated with a range of impressive skills which you can add to your job applications or CV, such as:
- Confidence and the ability to push yourself out of your comfort zone
- Independence and excellent organisational skills
- Strong communication and people skills
- Deep cross-cultural understanding and respect
- Highly motivated, open minded and conscientious
- High impact work experience that benefits both people and the planet
- Ability to set goals and achieve them
Best Tourism & Hospitality internships abroad
Intern Abroad HQ offers a wide range of hospitality, travel and tourism internship placements in some of the most sought after destinations around the world. These programs give interns the opportunity to gain relevant experience on real world tourism projects with some of the most cutting-edge and impactful travel and hospitality organisations around the world.
Our flexible booking policy makes it easy to change your dates, internship and destination for free. Check out our range of fully-hosted overseas tourism internships below.
Where can you do a Hospitality & Tourism internship abroad?
Tourism and hospitality are two of Bali’s biggest and fastest growing industries, making this an exciting place to gain work experience. Whether you want to help attract more customers through marketing or improve the customer experience, Tourism & Hospitality Management internships in Bali are highly customized to suit your area of interest. There is opportunity to be placed in a wide range of tourism companies, hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and more.
Antigua is one of the most iconic cities in Guatemala and has long been a favorite amongst tourists for its colorful streets and dramatic volcano backdrop. Hospitality and Tourism interns are able to get valuable industry exposure by assisting in hands-on roles across a range of placements to suit your career goals. This includes tourism start-ups, hotels and high-end hostels, tour operators and more.
This tourism internship provides the unique opportunity to combine sightseeing with career development. Interns are placed with tour companies in Dublin and get to experience world-class, full day tours around the city and wider Ireland, acting as mystery shoppers to provide feedback and contribute ideas on ways to improve. You’ll also get the chance to develop your social media marketing and customer service skills.
‘My internship involved me being a secret shopper. I visited the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Wicklow and other places - where I would rate the tours, compile the details, and present back to the company. I learned about marketing and how to run social media websites for a tourist company. What I enjoyed most about my time was knowing that I could work for a company in Ireland, get used to the culture, get used to being in this type of work environment and feel confident about it.’ - Kenneth Sitkowski, Tourism Operations Internship in Ireland
Cape Town has been named by both the New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph as “the best place in the world to visit”, making it the perfect place to complete a Tourism & Hospitality internship. Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in tourism, hospitality management, online marketing, sales, or customer service - and all roles are customized to suit your goals. Whether you’re interning on a winery or with an adventure company, this is an amazing way to gain relevant experience while enjoying the sites of Cape Town!
The paradise island of Zanzibar is a hidden gem in the Indian Ocean and is fast becoming one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations - for good reason! Tourism & Hospitality interns have the chance to gain hands-on experience in hotels, resorts, boutique accommodation, restaurants, tourism operations, or even with water sports companies as a surf or diving instructor. Internship roles are personalized to your experience and objectives - and give you the once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy this stunning island while helping tourists to do the same!
Irish hospitality is known across the world for being welcoming, warm and lively! These Hospitality and Hotel Management internships enable interns to gain hands-on experience and contribute to the vibrant hospitality industry in and around Dublin. Placements are in a range of high quality hotels, restaurants or bars, helping to serve customers and contributing to their operations and marketing alongside experienced professionals.
‘One of the best experiences of my entire life! I was placed with an incredible family, put into a great work environment, and given the time to explore and take in the culture and ways of life of the local people. I met so many lifelong amazing friends, made connections, unforgettable memories, and furthered my knowledge in my line of study. I couldn’t thank Intern Abroad HQ enough for all of the support and one-on-one connection that they provided during this time.’ - Emily Hughes, Hospitality & Hotel Management in Ireland
Events, Business and Marketing internships abroad in the tourism industry:
If you’re looking to gain Marketing, Events or Business experience in a travel or tourism setting, Intern Abroad HQ offers a wide range of internship opportunities that cater to this. Here are a few of the most popular options:
- Marketing & Communications in Peru (placements available in tourism agencies)
- Event Management in Bali (placements in tourism companies)
- Marketing & Sales in Bali (placements in tourism companies)
- Cultural & Artistic Heritage in Italy (placements in museums and art galleries)
- Business & Commerce in Czech Republic (placements available in tourism)
- Marketing & Communications in Spain (placements available in tourism)
- Cultural Arts in Zanzibar (placements in artisan markets)
- Event Management & PR in New Zealand (placements available in hospitality)
‘The best internship I’ve ever had. The summer I spent in Cusco, Peru was incredible, to say the least. I loved my internship placement so, so much. I was interning with an NGO that works with Indigenous communities to buy and sell their textiles for fair trade prices, provide scholarships for their youth, and support sustainable tourism to indigenous villages.’ - Guilia Piscitelli , Marketing & Communications in Peru
Best remote Hospitality & Tourism internships
For those preferring to stay at home, Intern Abroad HQ also offers flexible and convenient remote internships. These virtual programs enable you to start when you like, choose your own hours and can be completed from your laptop.
Popular remote options include Business and Marketing internships that enable you to gain experience within the tourism industry:
Conduct online research, marketing and usability testing to support the development of an app that informs users about parks and wilderness areas around the United States.
Help tourism SMEs in Valencia to develop and implement growth strategies, identify new market opportunities and deliver streamlined business processes.
How can I get started?
Our step-by-step guide on how it works provides you with more information on how to get started. The process is user friendly and there are two options you can take to get the ball rolling.
If you’re unsure of which internship program is right for you, you can simply check availability to submit an enquiry which will help us to point you in the right direction. If you want to chat over the phone, you can also find our full contact information here.
If you already have an idea of what you want to do, and when you want to do it, you can submit your application. It doesn’t cost anything and won’t take more than 5 minutes. However, your formal expression of interest provides the foundation for us to help you take the next steps.