Hes-so Valais

Bachelor’s internships

Bachelor of Science HES-SO (BSc) in Tourism

Pre-study employment Bachelor's internship


The final semester of the Bachelor of Science in Tourism degree programme is set aside for the internship and the production of the Bachelor's thesis.

Every year around 90 students, trained for roles in the management of tourism companies, look for an internship to enable them to apply the theoretical knowledge gained at the Degree Programme Tourism of the School of Management.

During the 5 semesters preceding the internship, the study plan provides teaching in business management, marketing, communication, accounting, finance, human resource management, the languages of Switzerland and foreign languages, travel law, sustainable tourism, project management and several specialisations depending on the students’ interests (e.g. e-tourism, event management).

General profile of the students:


Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (Business) (maturité professionnelle commerciale) OR equivalent
5 semesters of the Bachelor of Science in Tourism degree programme

Average age


Useful information - Bachelor Internship

Internship company

The internship company must be active in the tourism sector.

Objective and requirements of the Bachelor Internship

The aim of the internship is to apply the management know-how and skills learned during the course. Students must have the opportunity to participate in various management activities such as product development, implementation of projects, development of commercial and marketing strategies, financial and human resource planning, analysis of results, etc.

Offers that do not meet these requirements may be proposed under other sections:

- Internships with mainly executive activities (e.g. receptionist, guide, brand ambassador, administrative assistant) are not accepted as Bachelor's internships. => Publication in the Pre-study employment section.

- Jobs for graduates: 1st job, permanent jobs, others => Publication in the employment section HES-SO Valais-Wallis.

Period of  internship

The internship takes place in semester 6 and starts in week 52 of the academic year at the earliestk. (from about December 20th or at the beginning of the year).

Duration of internship - Internship Agreement

From 2020, the internship duration will be of approx. 4 months full-time or 540 hours (excluding holidays). The internship can be full-time or part-time (min. 60%).

Employment contract

Following an agreement between the company and the student, the duration of the employment contract may exceed the duration of the complulsory internship.


The internship being part of the degree programme, the company commits to assisting the students and to providing them with regular support during the defined period of the internship agreement.

Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor's thesis can be undertaken on behalf of the company offering the internship. The subject may be proposed either by the company or by the student.

Important documents

Directive - Company Internship (internship in 2020)  

Directive Company Internship (internship in 2019)
Internship Agreement (internship in 2020) 

Internship Agreement (internship in 2019)

Advertising a Bachelor’s internship opportunity - Process to follow

1. Establish an internship offer / a job description that meet the requirements mentioned above: describe the most important daily tasks & projetcts. Specify the company's needs & the profile required.

2. Register the internship offer on the Internship Platform . This internship Platforme enables companies to advertise their internship opportunities, to manage applications and to evaluate the students they take on.

UserGuideInternshipplatform (Partner companies)

Recruitment process

Tourism companies are invited to take part in the students’ training by taking on an intern as part of their team. There are many advantages:

  • The opportunity to discover possible future employees
  • Support for a permanent team for a recurring or one-off project
  • Benefitting from work done as part of a Bachelor's thesis
  • Profiting from the skills of qualified students

Internship Office

The Internship Office acts as the interface between the companies, the students and the faculty. It is the first point of contact for any queries:
027 606 91 17