University of Chester students soon to be riding on the crest of a wave!

Posted on 22nd November 2017

Two University of Chester students will be on cruise control when they graduate in 2019, having secured jobs with Royal Caribbean International.

University of Chester Royal Caribbean interns 2017. Back row left to right: Laura Cuthbertson; Fionnuala Ryan; Hannah Jarrett and Natalia Komorowska. Front row left to right: Lauren Verdon; David O’Rawe and Rhianna Rees.
University of Chester Royal Caribbean interns 2017. Back row left to right: Laura Cuthbertson; Fionnuala Ryan; Hannah Jarrett and Natalia Komorowska. Front row left to right: Lauren Verdon; David O’Rawe and Rhianna Rees.

Rhianna Rees, from Staffordshire, and Hannah Jarrett, from South Wales, were two of the seven students who began internships with cruise line brand Royal Caribbean in May. The students gained first-hand experience of the tourism industry through the one-month internship, as part of the University’s exclusive partnership with Royal Caribbean International.

Rhianna and Hannah have now been invited to join the company in permanent roles in 2019, after impressing the cruise line with their work over their five-week placements. The placements involved working in different departments and sailing on the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, which hosts its own waterpark, shops and restaurants.

Each intern had a specific project tailored for them during their placement. Rhianna, who studies Tourism Management, had an internship role created for her in revenue management. She said: "The concept of cruising is so dynamic, it enables cruise lines to grow and develop continuously. Royal Caribbean is looking for creative new ways to develop and grow into something 'extraordinary'. It is a privilege to be considered someone who is capable of helping to facilitate this and to be a part of the growth of an international cruise line."

Hannah, who studies Events Management and Marketing, spent her internship working in marketing and customer-facing roles. She said: “Royal Caribbean gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a marketing role where I could think creatively - I felt like part of the team from day one. I am definitely motivated to finish my studies and begin my adventure with Royal Caribbean, putting my skills to the test in the fast-paced cruise industry. I never thought that I would be receiving a graduate job offer at the end of my second year at university!”

The students are the first to be offered positions with the cruise line since the internship scheme began last year. Maeve Marmion, Programme Leader for International Tourism Management, said: “The students worked hard in their roles and they are a real credit to the University. It is rewarding to see the interns perform so well. The partnership with Royal Caribbean was inspired by a mutual professional interest in forging closer links between this key industry name and the University of Chester, in order to help our students to develop the skills and experience they need to succeed.” 

She added: “We are so proud of our Royal Caribbean interns and their achievements. Well done to Hannah and Rhianna, and all our intern class of 2017!”

Ben Bouldin, Associate Vice-President and Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, said: “Royal Caribbean is an extraordinary brand with exceptionally talented and skilled employees, so we are beyond delighted that Rhianna and Hannah, who both showed incredible talent and potential during their internships with us in May, will join our ever-growing team to begin their careers after graduating from the University of Chester. We look forward to welcoming them to the Royal Caribbean team in 2019.”

The University of Chester is now a recognised university within the Institute of Travel and Tourism, in addition to its accreditation with the Tourism Management Institute.