Immigration Hosts Interns
The Department of Immigration is delighted to participate in the government's internship programme for college and high school students. This programme has allowed 18 students to gain working experience from 7 July to 31 August 2015 and get an in-depth awareness of the functions of the Department.
The participants are: Felicia Connor, Dimitri Ritch, Ericka Rockett-McBean, Rhonique Bodden, Jenneska Johnson, Kisha Stewart, Dylan Evans, Ashley, Franz Manderson Jr, Kristy Welds, Shante Whitelocke, Vanessa Bodden, Alejandra Belfoure, Timisha Edwards, David Scott, Alexis McDonald, Nika Myles, and Jacob Wood.
Interns are deployed to the various sections of the department. These include Cayman Centre (work permit administration), Passport and Corporate Services, Enforcement, Border Control (airport) and headquarters which consists of the Public Counter, Filing, HR, Accounts and the Business Analysis section.
According to University College of the Cayman Islands student Kisha Stewart, who is assigned to Immigration Headquarters, this was a "unique experience". She is gaining valuable experience working at the counter and assisting the different personnel, she says.
Independent Means intern David Scott has had a pleasant and rewarding experience and is thankful for the opportunity to gain insight into processing of applications for Permanent Residency and Caymanian Status. He said he would like to continue a working relationship with the Department during his holidays, and hopefully on graduation from university, since he aspires to seek a full time position with the department.
Passport and Corporate Services intern Alexis McDonald is also having a pleasant yet rewarding experience working at the customer counter. She is particularly pleased and encouraged with the support and assistance she received from the staff.
Commenting about the work of another intern Timisha Edwards, Acting Director of Boards & Work Permit Shari Powell said, "Timisha is an excellent intern who applies herself diligently and consistently to the assigned task. It is a pleasure having her work in this section."
Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith expressed his appreciation to the staff accommodating the summer interns during their own busy schedules. "Providing a positive interest and experience for young adults while showing them how we conduct business and serve the community on a daily basis has been a rewarding opportunity for the Department."
The Department wishes to thank all the interns and hope they will continue to excel in their studies.