Internship at Gran Hotel Sonet - Iva Kvardová

How did I arrive in this country and job? During the semester offers with foreign interships appeared on a bulletin board on the Information Document Server. Since I had always been interested in going somewhere far away, to improve my language skills and to learn about a new culture, I did not hesitate to send my CV and cover letter.
The big surprise for me was when I received a response in Czech, which included an inquiry about the position I would particularly be interested in because there were a few positions listed. I found out that there was a student from our university from whom I gradually got more and more information about this position. The more I found out about it, the more I knew that I wanted to truly go there. The second step was a telephone interview with a man who was in charge of trainees and about a week later, I got the results. Therefore, I was accepted for the position of Assistant to the Sales and Marketing Department.

In the first week of my practical training, there was a previous intern, so he could pass me all the documents and information about my future job, explain how to work in a variety of programs that the hotel uses and generally helped me to become familiar with the working environment and colleagues which was a big advantage.

Main tasks:
- Prepare daily reports regarding hotel occupancy for the Reservation Manager.
- Production of monthly presentations and charts that take into account the effectiveness of campaigns, publishing on the Internet, news about PR and various analyses of our clients.
- Preparing email campaigns and newsletters and sending via MailChimp.
- Adding new members to the loyalty programme Friends of Son Net.
- Work with the photo editing programme and updating pictures on various Internet sites.
- Search and compare the prices of competing hotels.
- Handling correspondence, dealing with customers and answering their questions.
- Working with documents regarding the health and safety of our clients in the hotel.
- Support departments in necessary matters.

Job description
My normal working hours were from Monday to Friday from 9 am until 5 pm, although twice a week I went with some other interns to Spanish lessons before work, in which our employer tried to support us.

Every day I wrote the reports regarding availability of different types of rooms and average intake. Once a month we prepared comprehensive reports and presentations with charts so that management could decide on which target group they will focus, and where more or less to invest. Furthermore, I often worked with a colleague who was in charge of Public Relations or PR. I helped her with graphic design images and campaigns in general. This work for me was probably the most interesting overall because I really like working with photos and editing them.

Leisure time
On weekends I traveled a lot with other interns. Mallorca is a beautiful island that offers many things to see. Everyone can choose something. The highest peak in the island’s range is 1,500 metres above sea level, so biking and hiking are not too demanding. Otherwise you can relax on either the sunny sandy or pebble beaches or shop in one of the luxury stores. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the capital city of Palma, which was not far away from our village and is available by bus even during the weekend. There is a summer residence of the royal family - Almudaina Palace, which was originally an Arab fortress, the Cathedral of Light, Arab baths and a bullring, the latter which is only open in the high season. Due to its geological past the island is rich in caves. The most beautiful and largest of them, which we visited, was the Dragon´s Cave. It is situated in the east of the island, and during the tour there is a boat trip with live string music. Anyway the greatest experience for me, was a visit to the northern tip of the island, where a huge white lighthouse rises majestically, and after which only the open sea is visible.

During this five-months internship, I had the opportunity to gain a lot of new experience, whether in dealing with people or working with various computer programs (OPERA, MailChimp, Photoshop). I learned how the marketing department operates and overall I had access to the luxury hotel industry, which for me is an interesting novelty. I met a lot of nice people as well, not only in the working environment, but also around Mallorca, who dearly accepted me as one of them. I had the opportunity to experience a new culture and learn a new language, which will surely be a big advantage in the future. I am really gratefull to Škoda Auto University for giving me this opportunity and also to the European Union, from which we obtained a grant to help cover the costs associated with travel and food . At the end I would definitely recommend to others to not be afraid and go for it!

My five-months practical internship lasted from September 2014 to January 2015 and was at the Gran Hotel Son Net, which is located in the village Puigpunyent, approximately 25 kilometers from the capital city of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca.

Our student Václav Volf travelled to Ingolstadt in Germany to do his compulsory internship in Audi AG. He worked in the Department for Coordination of Fair and Exhibition Vehicles, where he supported the permanent staff in the process of planning vehicles for fairs. He was responsible for this year’s exhibitions in Detroit, New York, Shanghai and partly also for the Frankfurt fair in autumn. You can read the whole report from his stay in Ingolstadt below. 
​Martina comes from Jičín but currently lives in Prague. She completed her follow-on Master’s degree programme at ŠKODA AUTO University in 2014. Right after graduation, Martina started working for Estée Lauder, first in the HR department. She worked her way through marketing to a PR position and currently takes care of promotion of seven world-renowned brands.
She likes to spend her free time doing sports – mostly running, badminton, volleyball and mountain hiking. Also, because of her profession, she likes fashion and design.
​Viktor Myslil, a graduate of our Bachelor’s degree programme Business Administration and Operations, comes from Prague. His passion for ŠKODA AUTO cars made him decide to study in Mladá Boleslav. He also wanted to try something different than all his other classmates.
​I have been dreaming about living in a foreign country since I was small child. This wish made ŠAVS more appealing during my “university selection period” because I learned, thanks to their Open Day and a visit from the ŠAVŠ PR Department to my high school, that this school offers a lot of possibilities to study and complete internships abroad, the latter which is important in one’s future career. When I got the opportunity to spend my mandatory internship abroad, I did not hesitate a single moment. After my Study Erasmus in Slovenia, I left to spend another semester in Dublin, Ireland to work with Škoda’s Irish importer.
Mladá Boleslav is the hometown of our graduate Ing. Ivan Vaněk, who currently works for the British luxury car manufacturer, Bentley Motors Ltd., where he undertook his six-month internship as a student of ŠKODA AUTO University.
​Our graduate Michal Maruška works as a coordinator in the Connected Car and Infotainment Department. His internship involved many technical responsibilities. However, in order to further grow professionally, he needed a study programme that focused more on management. For this reason, he chose the Bachelor’s and follow-on Master’s degree programme Business Administration and Operations, both which combine the two fields in an ideal manner.
​Ondřej is a graduate of the Bachelor field of study Business Administration and Financial Management and the follow-on Master field of study Corporate Finance Management in the Global Environment.
​Our student Andrea listened to the advice of her classmates when choosing her internship. She also visited the Magna company booth at the ŠKODA AUTO University Career Day and she– this was the partner for her six-month internship.
I would recommend an internship to everyone. It is a great way to discover yourself, plus you get to learn the language and customs and most of all, it is an unforgettable experience.
Martin Dolejší, student of our Master Programme Global marketing and Sales, spend quite a lot of time abroad whilst studying at our university. Now he has three different experiences abroad: studies in Finland, internship at ŠKODA AUTO UK and also the prestigous programme, Global Village, in the USA. You can read the interview we did with Martin to see what he learnt and how he assesses his stays abroad.


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