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Bennett Hospitality Internship Introduction

The Bennett Hospitality internship programme is a collaborative initiative with the DCU Business School and the DCU Intra Placements Office. Michael Bennett, long term supporter of DCU and former member of the DCU Educational Trust Board of Trustees, is the owner of the Bennett Hospitality Company, a successful property development company in the United  States. 

The internship is open to final-year students studying the New Enterprise Development module as part of their Business Studies undergraduate degree and the 3rd year Global Business undergraduate degree (who are required to complete a summer internship for academic credits). Four DCU students are selected through a competitive recruitment process. 

The four selected students travel to Charleston in South Carolina to complete a nine-week paid internship working with Bennett Hospitality. This opportunity allows students to embark on a challenging programme that will enrich both their personal and professional development.

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The four selected interns gain practical experience in the hospitality industry working in Hotel Bennett and one of two additional Bennett Hotels; The Embassy Suites by Hilton and The Hampton Inn. All three hotels are located in the historic city of Charleston and are within walking distance of each other.

Participants rotate through all areas of the hotel from operations to business development, human resources and finance, gaining a broad understanding of the wider business and its operations.

This is a paid internship with self-catering accommodation also provided free of charge for interns by Bennett Hospitality at the College of Charleston Dorms, within walking distance to the three hotels. Interns will be paid at the rate of US$15 per hour.

Selected interns are required to write three blog posts on their experiences in Charleston for dissemination by the DCU Business School and or the DCU Intra Placement Office.  

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Hotel Bennett

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The Embassy Suites by Hilton

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The Hampton Inn

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  • Students are responsible for booking, and covering the cost of their return flights to Charleston. 

  • Students must apply for the J1 Summer Work  and Travel Programme through SAYIT. 

  • Students should make their own arrangements for health insurance before they travel to the US. 

  • Successful candidates must have a valid passport to allow them to apply immediately for the J1 programme. 

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We have outlined the six stages behind the application and interview processes below. Please take your time to reach each of the steps as they contain important details. 

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Stage 1: Video Application

If you would like to apply for this internship opportunity, you will need to prepare a 60- second video to explain: 

∙ What will this experience mean to you?  

∙ How will this internship support your career ambitions? 

To apply, upload a copy of your CV and a link to your video at by no later than 5pm on Thursday, 29th February 2024. 

Acceptable video formats are .mov and .mp4. We recommend that applicants upload  their video to Google Drive in order to provide a shareable link. Ensure the sharing settings  for the file are set to “Anyone at Dublin City University with the link can view.” 

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Stage 2: Preliminary Interview 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a preliminary interview on Monday 4th March with an interview panel scheduled from 1-5pm on campus. This interview will be with DCU staff members.  

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Stage 3: Final Round Interviews 

Eight applicants will be selected for a final round video interview with the Bennett Hospitality team on Tuesday, 5 March, and Wednesday, 6 March, via zoom. 

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Stage 4: Internship Offer 

Four candidates (two male and two female) will be offered an internship place by no later than Friday, March 8.

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Stage 5: J1 Visa Application

Visas have been reserved for successful applicants with SAYIT. Once the internship offers  are made, students must immediately begin the J1 visa application process.

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Stage 6: Departure 

  • Interns will fly to Charleston to begin their internship in late May
  • Check-in Friday, May 24, Check-out Saturday, August 3
  • Work starts Tuesday, May 28, and ends Tuesday, July 30
  • Student responsible for transportation to and from Charleston