Get a job testing 5-star hotels…. but there’s one catch

Stephanie Yip 22 April 2016

senior-internshipAnd the catch is: you have to be 60+.

Travel deals website Luxury Escapes is currently searching for up to six "Senior Interns" to travel to Bali and spend 10 days in three of its luxury hotels for free. The criteria for this role is simple: you must love to travel, must be able to picture yourself being paid to try out 5-star hotels around the world and, obviously, must be over 60 years old. The internship is available to Australia and New Zealand residents who hold a valid passport for overseas travel. If you're an avid traveller, this shouldn't be an issue anyway. What's included:

  • 2 days of training at Luxury Escapes headquarters
  • 10 days of luxury at three different Bali resorts chosen by Luxury Escapes
  • All meals, airport transfers & $100 daily allowance included
  • You’ll also experience and review spa treatments, poolside cocktails and day excursions

While the role does involve testing out spa treatments, sipping cocktails by the pool, day activities and experiences and lounging about your plush suite, Luxury Escapes has made a point of noting that this internship isn't all about the 5-star treatment (although it does most definitely include it). As part of the internship, the successful candidate will be flown to the Sydney or Melbourne office to undergo two-days training in Facebook, Instagram, marketing, blogging, mastering the art of the "hero shot" and more. They will use these to review their trip. Nominations close 10 May and travel will take place 8-17 June. If you fit the bill, or know someone who does, you can apply or nominate someone for the position here. The best bit? Auditions are open to single travellers and couples (can be friends) - which means you can nominate nana AND pop for the position. Now won't you be the favourite grandchild if they get it?

Fairmont-Sanur-Beach-Bali-square
Grand-Hyatt-Hotel---Bali-square

The Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali (left) and Grand Hyatt Bali (right) are two of the 5-star resorts the lucky winners will stay in


What's in an audition?

Like many dream travel jobs, you'll need to state your case as to why you're the perfect fit for this role. In this case, it involves either submitting a 30-second video clip or 200-word explanation. Let us just state here that creativity and originality is key to be considered. So here for your consideration are our top tips on how to shine in your audition:

  • Show your personality: This will help the judges understand what kind of feel you'll bring to your review.
  • Follow instructions: The criteria states a 30-second video clip or 200-word explanation. Don't go over or your application may be disqualified.
  • Actually be creative: Don't make your application vanilla. Go above and beyond to make those judges really remember your audition.
  • Show off your skills. Once requirement for this internship is that you bring your own device to use. While training will be provided, it's always good to show that you're already a little tech savvy (or at least keen to learn).
  • Think outside the box: Instead of writing 200-words make a word graph comprising of 200-words and instead of submitting a 30-second video-clip of you merely talking, submit a 30-second mini-movie of you in action.
  • Don't be afraid to act as old as you feel. No one ever said you had to act like a senior. Still feel 21? There's nothing wrong with that at all.
  • Spare the time to be exceptional: Few of us can muster up the perfect audition in two-seconds so take the time to think and create your application before submitting it. Going over it once or twice before you hit "submit" is always good, too.
  • Run it by someone: It's always good to get a second opinion so don't be afraid to ask your family and friends for constructive criticism.
  • Submit an application: You gotta be in it to win it, right?

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2 Responses to Get a job testing 5-star hotels…. but there’s one catch

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    Helen | August 8, 2016

    I am 61 year old widow who is a self funded retiree living in Brighton East Victoria.
    I am interested in any jobs that might involve assessing Luxury escapes in Queensland.
    Not interested in overseas travel but curious as to whats available up north.
    I am sure that’s the attitude of many in my position.
    Past experience in venue searches for Teachers conferences for the Education Dept in Victoria and also Cruising holidays with P@O for nurses.

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      Stephanie | August 11, 2016

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please be advised that finder.com.au is a financial and travel comparison site and not a job site.

      For jobs involving assessing luxury escapes in Queensland, you might like to contact a travel publication in the area with your credentials and keep on the job websites for whenever something you like comes up – you never know!

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help,

      Stephanie

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