USA Internships


The Private Hotel School is the South African partner school of the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) and a member of the International Hotel Management Schools (IHMS). 
This means that our students also have access to the renowned AHA USA Internship Programme and its many benefits, offering most of our students their first international working experience within the greater global hospitality industry.

The Internship Programme forms an integral part of all diploma programmes presented at AHA International Hotel Management Schools. This distinguished structured USA internship programme is one of the main competitive advantages we offer students. The AHA has a 20-year track record of training experience and students are given the opportunity to get world-class practical training at some of the USA’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. This list of partner hotels includes a veritable who’s who of the hospitality industry, including the Marriott, Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Westin, Starwood, Holiday Inn, Radisson and several premier vacation ownership properties.

The components of the coveted AHA internships in the USA include paid internships in the USA at one of the premier hotel companies mentioned above, as well as furnished accommodation, transport and utilities. The internship curriculum include a SERVLEAD internship manual as well as practical, actual “on the job” training.
Students also receive training plans and competency details, as well as classroom training on pivotal issues such as leadership and cultural awareness. The internship students obtain access to the Passport to Culture programme, while regular evaluations are done to ensure successful students receive their AH&LA certification.

Because the AHA is a designated US Department of State J-1 Visa Sponsor, it is allowed to issue the DS-2019 form or Certificate of Eligibility for J-9 Exchange Programmes. This form is the legal paperwork required by all students participating in any training programme in the USA.
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