Through our excellent network of contacts in the industry and the reputation of IMI, our Internships Team will help you to find suitable and challenging positions, either in Switzerland or abroad.

An internship is a period of practical training which allows you to put into practice what has been learnt during the academic semester. IMI accepts internships of minimum 22 weeks duration and in some programmes the internship is an integral part of the course. Please refer to the section on Programmes for more information about whether the internship is compulsory or optional.


"On this internship, we actually learnt how to manage a restaurant rather than just doing the everyday operational tasks."

Fiona Lim from Singapore , graduated in 2016
F&B Service Trainee at Panoramarestaurant Titlis , Switzerland

Internships in Switzerland

In most cases, IMI will send your CV to select employers and as soon as a potential employer confirms interest an interview is organised. Students are given information about the workplace and briefed for the interview. If successful, a contract of employment will be signed between the employer, the student and the school. By Swiss law, trainees in Switzerland must be paid a minimum monthly gross salary of CHF 2,179.

For internships overseas, support is also given throughout the whole process: starting from CV review, links with reputable companies worldwide, interview advice and employment contract review. Our Internships Team also give advice and assist with the paperwork required to facilitate work permit applications. It should be noted that the internship salaries abroad vary according to the local market and we guide our students individually regarding their internship location choice.

During your internship in Switzerland an IMI staff member will visit you to ensure that you are happy with the progress of your training and to guide you with the internship assessment procedures.

For overseas internships IMI will maintain regular contact with you and your employer to ensure that your experience live up to your expectations. Quite often, site visits are also conducted by staff members travelling to the region.

Personal placement service

Unlike in most other hotel schools, at IMI, all these services are provided free of charge for the first placement, the second placement any additional placements the student wishes to embark upon. It is important to note that you do not have to pay school fees during your internship.

On completion of the internship, you will be required to submit an internship report as well as an employer evaluation about your performance. Guidance will be given accordingly during the end of semester briefing sessions held for students heading out on an internship placement.

For more information on internship opportunities please contact the Internships Team on the following email:

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