An investigation of student satisfaction from hospitality internship programs in Greece.

Marinakou, E. and Giousmpasoglou, C., 2013. An investigation of student satisfaction from hospitality internship programs in Greece. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 1 (3), 103 - 112.

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DOI: 10.17265/2328-2169/2013.12.001

Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to investigate internships in the hospitality sector and identify factors that contribute to student satisfaction from this working and learning experience. One hundred and sixteen students who had completed their internships from both public and private higher education institutions in Greece participated in this study with a survey questionnaire that required participants to rate their internship experience and identify challenges and benefits. The findings suggest that overall students demonstrated a favorable perception towards their internship experience. This research also suggests that working in a professional environment, the learning experience, social interaction with supervisors/staff, and the working conditions are factors that contribute to motivation and student satisfaction from internships. Finally, students’ expectations towards the internship experience were focused in learning and working in a professional environment. Long working hours, low or poor pay, and lack of coordination are issues that were raised as challenges and may contribute to low satisfaction. This paper proposes that institutions should provide students with clear information on internships and the challenges of working in the hospitality sector. They should offer programmes that include experiential learning and the practical aspect of the profession. In addition, it is proposed that the internships should be carefully planned and organized, as well as monitored by trained instructors to ensure the appropriateness of the learning experience to the students.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2328-2169
Uncontrolled Keywords:hospitality, internships, expectation and perception, Greece
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:26708
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Jan 2017 16:22
Last Modified:30 Jan 2017 16:22

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