Business student from Kilmore joins prestigious business programme in USA

From left, Peter Shannon and other students taking part in the programme, Niamh Devlin, Brian McCarthy and Katrina Puncule.
From left, Peter Shannon and other students taking part in the programme, Niamh Devlin, Brian McCarthy and Katrina Puncule.

A Wexford business studies student studying in Dublin City University is taking part in a prestigious Bennett Hospitality Internship Programme in the United States.

Peter Shannon, from Ballyseskin, Kilmore, left for Charleston, South Carolina last week to begin a summer internship with the Bennett Hospitality group. The internship programme is a collaborative initiative, initially devised by Mike Bennett, founder of Bennett Hospitality and Trustee of the DCU Educational Trust, in 2009. Mr Bennett, an entrepreneur who grew his business from a bicycle and moped rental company in 1977 to an organisation running 16 hotels and eight restaurants today, created the programme to provide students with insights into the skills required to run a successful business. Interns learn the ropes of the hotel industry by rotating through a variety of departments, including marketing and sales, finance and human resources. Participants also get to grips with the day-to-day essentials of running a hotel. 'I have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the hospitality sector.. so this a great opportunity to gain industry experience and also to learn valuable lessons from a successful entrepreneur and business person like Michael Bennett,' said Peter.

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