Abta’s 2019


Abta has chosen its latest intern from five students who spent a day at the association’s London

headquarters to get a taste of the travel industry

Sustainability will be the focus for Abta’s fifth intern, who will take on a research project for the association having been chosen for her impressive knowledge on the industry and an essay on the issue. The 22-year-old was chosen from a shortlist of five candidates who attended Abta’s London office for a selection day on March 20. They heard from various staff and saw presentations from Abta’s communications, legal and sustainability teams.

Members of the association’s financial

protection and public affairs teams also presented to the students to showcase the range of roles at Abta that represent the wider travel sector. The chosen intern, Charlene Pink,

will work with Travelife in July and will undertake a research project for Abta. Vicki Wolf, education partnerships manager at Abta said: “All of the candidates impressed our team. The standard was extremely high and it was very difficult to make a decision. “Charlene particularly impressed the

interview panel with her clear, well- thought-through answers in the interview. She also impressed the panel with her knowledge of the travel industry and excellent essay on the impact of sustainability on the purchase decisions of UK travellers.” Wolf urged Abta members to contact

Internship candidates, from left: Melissa West,

Caitlin Pickford, Stevie Maher, Charlene Pink and Eleanor Greatorex


I’m studying international tourism

management at the University of Surrey. I applied for the internship at Abta because I have a lot of interest in sustainability and marketing. A large part of the internship will

be centred around a campaign with Travelife, which I’ve learnt about on my course. I had incorporated Travelife into a few of my assignments, so I was familiar with what they did before I went to Abta’s headquarters. I wrote an essay about the impact

sustainability has, and will have, on travellers’ purchasing decisions. It looked at how sustainability affects decisions and how it sometimes gets overlooked. I can see sustainability having a greater impact on decisions in the future and a rise in sustainable tourism and more-authentic travel. My dream job would be working in

marketing for a small or medium-sized tour operator with a focus on sustainability.

universities that are already affiliated to the association. “I would really encourage Abta members who are considering an intern to advertise their opportunities to our partner universities. All the students have chosen to study travel and tourism and therefore have a sound knowledge of the industry and a passion to work in the sector. “Every one of our interns has been

excellent and they have made a valuable contribution to the team in a short space of time. They have hit the ground running.” This year’s internship candidates

were chosen from five of Abta’s partner universities. They were Stevie Maher, from Plymouth University; Eleanor Greatorex, from Leeds Beckett University; Caitlin Pickford, from Cardiff Metropolitan University; Melissa West, from Bournemouth University; and Charlene Pink, from the University of Surrey.


Abta members who would like to get in touch with partner universities can do so by emailing education partnerships manager Vicki Wolf on or by contacting the universities direct. They are all listed in the Partner Area and Education zone on

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