How do hotel and tourism students select internship employers? A segmentation approach

Lawrence Hoc Nang Fong, Hee Andy Lee, Chris Luk, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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The major objective of this study is to segment the hotel and tourism students into groups based on their perceived importance of the criteria for selecting internship employers, which is grounded in the expectancy theory and job choice framework. Drawing from a self-administered survey of 273 hotel and tourism management college students in Hong Kong, the study used cluster analysis to generate four clusters of students, namely learning enthusiasts, social support seekers, brand seekers, and school followers. Chi-square tests showed that school followers generally do not have internship experience. Implications for educators and internship employers are discussed in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-79
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Cluster analysis
  • Hong Kong
  • Hospitality
  • Internship
  • Job choice
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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