American experience raises Buxton’s international profile

15 December 2016

University of Derby Hospitality students are set to raise their international profile by working with some of America’s top hotels. 

Charlotte Guyot, of the Los Angeles-based International Training Network (ITN), told undergraduates at Buxton that understanding the US business model can boost their employability worldwide.

ITN provide international students with the opportunity to either jump-start or consolidate their careers through internships in some of America’s most renowned and luxurious four and five star hotels, resorts and restaurants, including Four Seasons, Hyatt, Marriott and independent businesses.

 Charlotte ITN’s European Market Manager speaking at Buxton

“What we are looking for is a great international profile for a school like the University of Derby by coming to the US,” said Charlotte, ITN’s European Market Manager.

“Future employers are really looking for students with American experience even if it’s only for six months or a year as the US is very well known for its business and management skills.

“Students would be considered as employees of the hotels, not interns, so that makes a difference.”

ITN – who also have offices across Europe, Indonesia and India – handle all the paperwork such as visas and work permits, as well as finding accommodation.

It was Charlotte’s first visit to the University’s Buxton Campus and its magnificent Dome: “It’s great - everything looks amazing,” she said.

“The students learn a lot of the practical side and do a lot of events. I’m really confident about their profile.”

The visit was arranged by Culinary Arts Lecturer Len Cseh, who said: “Our graduates can compete with the best anywhere, so it’s vital that we give them the opportunity to shine on the world stage.”

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