Internship Satisfaction of Students of Hospitality and Impact of Internship on the Professional Development and Industrial Perception

Seyitoglu F., Yirik S.

ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, vol.20, pp.1414-1429, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10941665.2014.983532
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1414-1429
  • Keywords: tourism, professional career, internship, tourism sector, tourism education, students, UNDERGRADUATE TOURISM, PERSPECTIVES, ATTITUDES, CAREER
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to determine the internship satisfaction of tourism students and the impact of their internships on their professional development and industrial perception. In line with this purpose, an implementation was conducted on the students of Akdeniz University Faculty of Tourism. This implementation involved a questionnaire form which was filled by 305 faculty students. The findings included demographic information; then three scaled questionnaire form which intended to determine the internship satisfaction, vocational tourism education, and professional development and industrial perception of the students was analyzed by taking mean scores of the scales of the form; using stepwise regression of the multiple regression analysis, the relations between the scales were shown, and the results were interpreted. The results showed that internship satisfaction of the students had a positive impact and impact by itself on professional development and industrial perspective, and together with vocational tourism education the students receive, this impact increased.