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Work Experience powered by IHG® Academy

The IHG® Academy Work Experience programme gives you the chance to spend time working in one of our hotels or corporate offices and see for yourself what goes on behind the scenes. You'll leave with a better understanding of the hospitality industry, and your potential career options. You'll also gain valuable work-place skills that will set you apart from other candidates, no matter what career path you choose to follow.

Your career at IHG is far more than just a job - it's the beginning of your next adventure, the start of discovering just what you're capable of, no matter where you are on your career journey.

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Work Experience Opportunities


What You'll Need

You'll be at school or college, or be associated with one of IHG's community partners. We're looking for people who are interested in learning more about hospitality and gaining employability skills.

How Long Does It Last?

From 1 day to 2 weeks, depending on your requirements and hotel availability.

What You'll Be Doing

You'll be observing IHG colleagues, helping them with day-to-day tasks where possible. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with our outstanding leaders and find out more about career opportunities in the hospitality industry.

What Happens Next?

With our varied portfolio of hotels around the world, as well as our brilliant reputation, we can offer a career full of exciting and rewarding possibilities. Check out our Apprenticeship and Internship Programmes for more information.


"After my work experience as a trainee, I had made a plan for my career. I took an opportunity to rotate between different divisions in the hotel. Through this experience, I learnt in depth about hotel operations and various systems.

I enjoy guest interaction, so a transfer from Concierge to Front Desk would be ideal after the rotation period. In my future career, I aim to gain work experience at Front Desk and continue my development with IHG."

Caesar Xiao

Front Desk trainee, InterContinental Chengdu Global Center

What's in it for me


With access to outstanding coaches and mentors


With an interesting, rewarding experience that helps you develop your employability skills


With a welcoming, supportive environment from colleagues and peers


With daily interaction of colleagues and guests from around the world

How to get Work Experience

1. Express interest

Search for work experience opportunities by clicking 'Search and Apply' and express your interest (or if you live close to the hotel or office, stop by and ask if you can speak to HR in person).

In your application, tell us about what interests you about gaining experience in the hospitality industry.

2. Screening

Someone at the hotel or office will review your interest and you may receive a call from HR to have an initial conversation.

Be prepared to share your passions and interests and how they will help you in your work experience.

3. Interview

It's a good opportunity to bring to life what interests you and to find out more about the hospitality industry.

4. Offer

If you receive an offer of work experience at one of our hotels or offices - congratulations and welcome to the IHG family!

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Find and apply for your perfect role by browsing our opportunities here.

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