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A four-star first year internship
A four-star first year internship - Vatel

A four-star first year internship

Alexandre Desmoulins did his first-year internship in the legendary Avoriaz ski resort. A winter season in the mountains, with a sense of community, autonomy and the pleasure of guest relationships.


Why did you choose Vatel?

I learned about the Vatel Group through some friends, and right from the very beginning I was interested in their educational methods, where theoretical courses and practical courses follow each other, so students can quickly gain hands-on experience, not just concepts. I like the hospitality and catering industries, and Vatel is one of the best schools there is. I really like human resources and marketing, two subjects I’ve been introduced to, which allow me to understand what goes on behind the scenes in the hospitality industry. When I graduate, I’d like to open a family-owned bar and restaurant.

Can you tell us more about your internship at the Hotel des Dromonts (Avoriaz) ?

It really helps when you leave with another classmate: I wasn’t the only new person in the company and the only one experiencing this professional environment for the very first time.
I did my internship at the front desk and in the restaurant. At the front desk, I took reservations for the restaurant and spa, did check-ins and check-outs, linked this with the rooms division, sometimes with other team members, but also sometimes autonomously. In the restaurant services, I started off as a kitchen steward, then I gradually had more and more responsibilities, and even was the captain several times.

What memories do you have of this first experience?

I really liked guest relationships, something I see as being really important.
And they never made me feel that I was just an intern: the young team always treated me like I was one of them and all of them did everything to convey their knowledge and know-how to me.
I went to this internship with no qualms and ready to go the extra mile, and came back pleased and delighted with the trust and liberty that I had here.

So, what’s next?

Wherever I do my next year’s internship, my primary goal is to become fluent in English, something you need when you work in hospitality.
I met a lot of people in Avoriaz: I’ll be keeping their contact details for when I’m looking for a job, after I have more experience and knowledge.

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