Knowledge exchange and networks: A new destination for tourism internships?

Ruhanen, Lisa, Breakey, Noreen and Robinson, Richard (2012) Knowledge exchange and networks: A new destination for tourism internships?. Current Issues in Toursim, 15 3: 183-196. doi:10.1080/13683500.2011.577890

Author Ruhanen, Lisa
Breakey, Noreen
Robinson, Richard
Title Knowledge exchange and networks: A new destination for tourism internships?
Journal name Current Issues in Toursim   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-3500
Publication date 2012-04-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13683500.2011.577890
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 183
End page 196
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Traditional host-student internships always aim to provide positive real-world learning outcomes for students. The industry partners are often considered to benefit from the arrangement, primarily through recruitment opportunities and achieving corporate and social responsibility objectives. Supplementary host benefits can include knowledge exchange, such as receiving innovative ideas and the latest theories from the students, as well as developing a collaborative relationship with the university. It is these, usually peripheral, benefits that emerged as the key positive outcomes for the tourism industry stakeholders of an innovative destination immersion internship, conducted by the School of Tourism, The University of Queensland. A third key outcome, identified through the in-depth interviews, and not usually associated with internships, was engagement with the destination network. This paper reports on the industry participant's expectations, experiences and satisfaction with the destination-based internship program. In particular, the research considers the benefits and challenges beyond the established internship literature. The findings of this study show that there is broader scope and reciprocity from internship programmes than has previously been identified in the literature.
Keyword Internships
Knowledge exchange
Destination networks
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes iFirst article. Available online: 19 May 2011.

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