Interested in what life is like throughout an internship at HoCoSo? I’m Camiel, 23 years old and a student at Hotelschool The Hague in Amsterdam. My internship at HoCoSo was possibly one of the most inspiring and fulfilling professional experiences of my life. As a Hotel Analyst Intern, I received the irreplaceable opportunity to not only work alongside inspiring, dedicated and experienced people but also to be treated as a full member of a continuously growing company, in which no days are alike. But before sharing more about my personal experience, let me tell you what HoCoSo actually is, does and what the position of Hotel Analyst Intern entails.
HoCoSo stands for Hospitality Consulting Solutions and is a Swiss-based consulting company that specializes in Product & Concept Creation, Asset Management and Hospitality Education Development. Founded and co-owned by former Vice President of Development Planning at Marriott EMEA, Jonathan Humphries, HoCoSo brings together a global team of experts, working and living in the city of their choice, translating into a team located in Zurich, Berlin, London and Beirut. If there is a need for a project visit or team meetings in Switzerland, we step into a plane and within a few moments, we’re all reunited. This is an exceptional structure, and HoCoSo firmly believes that when adapting to the modern age, adapting the business model is essential.
My internship took place in Berlin, a city formed by history, creativity and the appreciation of freedom. Working in one of the city’s coolest co-working spaces, St. Oberholz, I was given the chance to be an appreciated part of the HoCoSo team. As a Hotel Analyst Intern, I was working alongside Concept Development Coordinator Kilian Vollbach, and as mentioned earlier, had to fly to Zurich and other project locations throughout Europe from time to time. And the greatest part of the internship? The tasks, as they were different each day and within every project. Personally, I conducted a vast amount of market research, which then had to be analysed and translated into specific, suitable trends, facts or implications for clients. And not to forget, I was treated as a respected member of decision-making processes related to proposed concepts and within client workshops. Alongside research and concept development, as the job title indicates, analysis further played a critical role. This demanded a thorough knowledge and understanding of financial statements as well as economic market reports.
One of the many highlights of my internship included a trip to London for the Serviced Apartments Summit Europe, where HoCoSo presented one of their newest hotel developments, a luxury boutique serviced apartment hotel in Zurich. During the conference, I received the opportunity to network with key industry figures, next to attending presentations and panel discussions from leading hospitality professionals.
It becomes clear at this point that this internship does not just revolve around one topic or requires just one skill; it takes you on a journey through a wide pallet of aspects that are needed in shaping today’s industry landscape.
At HoCoSo, I wasn’t just ‘another intern’, but I was a member of their family, respected and trusted by my fellow employees. I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to utilize everything I’ve learned at Hotelschool within the past few years and grow further within the world of hospitality.
Swiss-based HoCoSo, which stands for Hospitality Consulting Solutions, brings together teams of global experts to create tailor-made solutions for client projects. Jonathan Humphries, Chairman and Owner of HoCoSo, and his direct team specialize in the extended-stay hospitality market, the boutique sector, and resort developments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). We create innovative and future-oriented solutions for each of our clients across the following three fields of services:
- Product & Concept Creation, for both portfolio & individual asset developments.
- Strategic Project Scoping, Execution & Asset Management, with a focus on strategic business planning, partner selection, and market & financial feasibility studies.
- Hospitality Education for companies and academic institutions, with a focus on course development, training and teaching innovation.