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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Misk Foundation is calling for applications for a hospitality training program in Paris in collaboration with luxury brand Bulgari.

The program will enable a new generation of Saudis to take the reins of the hospitality industry, with training taking place at Bulgari’s Paris hotel.

At this bold, Italian-style establishment, which offers fine dining and lavish spas, Misk interns will have the chance to launch their professional careers and receive comprehensive training in all hospitality-related departments.

“The program will include a rotation, so they can go to concierge, reception, administrative support, and they will also work with the restaurant,” Jawharah Altheyeb, the program manager, told Arab News.

The Misk Internship Program has helped over 4,000 interns since 2018, partnering with over 400 leading local and international organizations in various sectors to offer internships.

Misk’s team traveled to Paris ahead of Eid to meet with French partners, resulting in the foundation’s latest venture into culinary arts and hospitality.

“The agreement with Bulgari is to have interns on a rolling basis, so once we have the first lead, after six weeks, we will re-announce the program and have Saudi interns throughout the year at the Bulgari Hotel Paris,” said Altheyeb.

The aim is to enable young Saudis to engage in cultural exchange and gain valuable professional hospitality skills, which aligns with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.

“We are also targeting people interested in the hospitality industry, so we are fueling the economy in Saudi Arabia where we also have a mandate to develop human capital in the tourism industry and hopefully place them in full-time opportunities in multiple regions. in Arabia,” Altheyeb said.

The hotel, located in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Paris, will offer paid internships with the help of Niko Romito, the famous Italian chef behind Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, who has outlets in Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai , Milan and Paris. .

Romito will pass on his menus and skills to Misk’s trainees. Before bringing his expertise to Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, he was chef de cuisine at Reale, which was awarded three Michelin stars.

Catering interns will learn skills in kitchen management and will also be trained in in-room catering.

The rooms division will assist with front desk, housekeeping, reservations and butler training, “delivering the highest level of excellence to every guest” staying in the hotel’s 76 rooms and suites.

“As a pilot I think it’s very good to have an eight-week program, so it will be more about shadowing the experts in those areas. I don’t think the trainees will be experts, but it will give them visibility in a very high quality hotel,” said Altheyeb.

The collaborative program accepts fresh Saudi graduates in the fields of catering or catering, hospitality or resorts, tourism and travel, or hospitality administration or management. Applicants must also be fluent in English and French or Italian, or both.

The deadline to apply is August 13. The internship program will last two months, from October 17 to December 17.

James C. Tibbs