Denihan Hospitality Offers Summer Externship Program for NYC Career and Technical Education Instructors

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Denihan Hospitality, (“Denihan” or the “Company”) a full service hospitality company, is excited to announce that it will be hosting four certified New York City Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education instructors this summer for a two-week externship program at its The Benjamin and Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia. Instructors will translate important aspects of business management and operations to inform their curriculum and teaching practice.

“We hope our teachers will be able to take what they’ve learned back to the classroom and better serve our students.”

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“This externship program is an extension of our commitment to service communities in which we do business,” said Gul Goknar Turkmenoglu, Regional Vice President of Operations for Denihan Hospitality. “We believe the educators in this program—and by extension their students—will share our approach to brand management, customer interaction, employee engagement and value creation.”

Over the course of four weeks this summer, teachers will shadow management teams to learn our principles on effective management and sustainability.

“We are thrilled for Denihan to partner with us in our mission to improve education and classroom learning,” said John Widlund, Executive Director, Career and Technical Education of the New York City Department of Education. “We hope our teachers will be able to take what they’ve learned back to the classroom and better serve our students.”

About Denihan Hospitality

Denihan is a privately-held, full service hotel management and development company. The Company owns and/or operates boutique hotels in major urban markets throughout the U.S. For over 50 years, Denihan has been creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing independent assets. The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under The James and Affinia Hotel Collection brands, as well as Manhattan independent boutique hotels, The Benjamin, and The Surrey, voted #1 hotel in New York City in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ in 2016 and 2017. The portfolio also includes an impressive list of chef-driven restaurants and bars. Denihan’s uniquely guest-centric approach, refined through three generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry leader in hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as hotel operations, management and marketing. More details can be found at

About New York City Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Schools and Programs

Managing the largest Career and Technical Education (CTE) portfolio of any city in the world, the New York City Department of Education supports over 260 programs, which train approximately 64,000 students per year. Over the past 90 years, CTE in New York City has evolved from needle-point and jewelry-making to 3D-printing and computer forensics. In collaboration with private sector partners representing nine different industries, our schools work to ensure students graduate college and career ready.