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Sandals & Beaches Resorts InternshipProgram
Company Overview
Sandals Resorts International is the largest operator of luxury, ultra-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean overseeing Sandals Resorts andBeaches Resorts. Sandals Resorts has a total of 13 couples-onlyproperties in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Bahamas. BeachesResorts is the ultimate family getaway, with five locations on theCaribbean's best beaches in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands.Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is a stylish and luxurious BritishColonial-inspired 77-suite hideaway.
Interns should be active students of a Hospitality/CulinarySchool.
Applications in form of a cover letter specifying theduration and expected start date of the internship and aresume must be sent to Sandals Resorts to :Marion Weinbeer-Holding, Internship Coordinator(Marion.Holding@sri.sandals.com) for all the islands exceptSt Lucia and AntiguaandDonna Yitshak, Group Manager Internship, EasternCaribbean (donna.yitshak@sri.sandals.com) for the islandof St Lucia and Antigua.
A valid passport and a letter of recommendation from theschool are among the documents required for internship.
Students must speak English fluently. Other languages arealways an asset.
Medical and Health Insurance Coverage
Interns must be outgoing, personable, willing to work longhours when required and be capable of adjusting to a newenvironment.
The internship program allows for students to gain a solidknowledge of how an all –inclusive hotel operates learning the practicalside of the operation as well as understanding the administrationcarried out in each department.At present we are offering internship for
students: for culinary students theminimum duration is 3 months, for hotel/tourism management theminimum is 5/6 months.
Hotel/Tourism Management
Internship includes Operationaland Supervisory Level Program:Operational interns are given the chance to focus on one or twodepartments only or cross training in different departments includingbut not limited to F&B, Housekeeping, Sales&Weddings, Front Office,Concierge.In each department, students will start from the entry level and moveup based on their performance. Students will work along side teammembers so that they can have a full understanding of how task arecarried out in each area and which are the challenges and duties of each job level. This will take the form of hands on approach.Based on their skills, their Department Manager will evaluate if thestudent is ready to work alongside the supervisor. If the student showsthe skills necessary to supervise an area (restaurant, room block etc.)then the Department Manager might give the student the opportunityto do so under his/her close supervision.
Supervisory Level Interns
will be assigned to the department theywant to specialize in and they will be working along a supervisor fromthe beginning of their internship; based on their skills and upon theDepartment Manager discretion, they will move on and work along theManager in that department to get a full knowledge of theadministrative aspect of the operation.
Culinary Interns
will be assigned to either the kitchen or the pastryshop based on their qualification. Starting from easy and basic taskslike prepping, they will be assigned more complex tasks based on theirskills and performances. Based on the same criteria, they will be giventhe opportunity to work along the Sous-Chef and/or the Exec Chef togain exposure to the main administrative tasks and have an overallinsight of the multiple aspects of the chef’s job. 
Work Permit/Exemption
: Sandals Resorts will apply for thenecessary work permit or work permit exemption in compliance withlocal labor laws. As each island has different requirements in terms of paperwork, a list of documents relevant to the assigned destination willbe sent upon confirmation of the internship. As the processing timediffers from island to island, we will need to get the documents up to 6months prior to internship start based on the chosen destination.Documents should be sent by courier to the relevant Internship AreaManager.
This will be provided by each hotel and can be inthe form of basic shared accommodation either on or off property.Accommodation on property will be located in a dedicated staff area;those off property will be either within walking distance from the hotel
(approx.10 min.), or roundtrip transportation will be provided at settimes.Accommodation will have basic furniture; bedroom and bathroom’slinen will be provided along with basic utensils in thoseaccommodations featuring a kitchenette/kitchen.Students of the same gender will be required to share a room.Students will be responsible for their accommodation, for keeping itclean and tidy and for their own laundry. Students living off propertywill be required to abide by the rules of their landlord in addition toSandals’.
Roundtrip Transportation will be provided for allinterns upon arrival and departure.Upon arrival, students will need to go to the Sandals Airport Deskwhich will take care of their transportation. A Sandals Desk is availableat the following airports: in Jamaica, Sangster International Airport inMontego Bay (MBJ) and Norman Manley Internation (KIN), NassauAirport (NAS) in Bahamas, Providenciales Airport (PLS) in Turks andCaicos, Lester Bird Airport (ANU) in Antigua and Vigie Field (SLU) orHewanorra (UVF) in St. Lucia.For Exuma, transportation will be provided but students will be metoutside the airport Georgetown (GGT) as a Sandals Desk is not openyet.
Airline ticket and visa
: Return airline tickets should be provided bythe interns or the school. This is not provided by the hotel.Any necessary visa will be provided by the student. Ensure to forwardyour itinerary to the internship coordinator.
Work Week:
The work week consist of 6 days and
a minimum of 8hours a day
; however, due to the nature of our business this might beextended once discussed with the department head or Hotel Manager.
They will be paid a weekly stipend of USD 100 paid in localcurrency.
This will be provided while on duty and they are to be taken inthe staff cafeteria.Depending on the type of accommodation, interns will be allowed tohave all meals at the resort; conditions apply.
Internet Access:
Free wireless internet will be available at no extracost in the hotel, not at the accommodations.
Medical Insurance and Health Insurance
: Before traveling to anyof our hotels, each Intern must ensure that that they are fully covered

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