PetroCaribe places nearly 150 interns

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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The PetroCaribe Development Fund has announced that it has placed close to 100 secondary and tertiary students at various public sector entities across the island, under the first phase of its summer employment programme, being executed in the month of June.

An additional 50 students will be placed in July.

Under the programme, each cohort will work for four weeks at government institutions including the Police Records Office, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, and the Jamaica Defence Force. They were placed according to their areas of interest and will each receive a stipend according to their level in school.

Nineteen-year-old Janoy St Jacques, an incoming medical student at The University of the West Indies, Mona and aspiring neurosurgeon, is among them. He is interning at the Jamaica Constabulary Force. He loves that the programme allows him to get an idea of the real workforce, and hopes to use the experience to improve his interpersonal skills.

Rochelle McKenzie, a 22-year-old final year student at UWI Mona, is interning at the PetroCaribe secretariat. She is a computer science major with a minor in Japanese, and is a member of the Jamaica Youth Chorale. During her first week of internship she performed duties such as graphic design, research, and document review.

Twenty-year-old Ruel Andrews, a fourth-year student at Excelsior Community College majoring in information technology, was placed at the All Island Banana Growers Association. Tasked with duties such as web design and managing the institution's website, he reported that he is enjoying the experience and the interpersonal relationships.

The programme, which is in its fifth year, has a budget of $8 million for 2018.

Dr Wesley Hughes, CEO of the fund, noted that “the summer employment programme is a very important mechanism for introducing our young people to the world of work. It's a way for them to learn new skills, meet new friends, and to earn money during the summer holidays”.

PetroCaribe reported that it received more than 4,000 applications for the programme this year. Ninety-six were selected.

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