Immigration Hosts Interns
The Department of Immigration (DOI) was delighted to participate in the government's internship programme for college and high school students during the summer.
The programme, which runs from July 4th - August 31st 2016, allowed the students to gain work experience and get in-depth awareness of the functions of the department. In addition to the practical work experience, interns were also trained in Workplace Ethics, Effective Teamwork and Excellent Customer Service Skills.
The 17 participants were: Coriah Hill, Amir Palmer, Janell Taylor, Tyrese Scott, Patrick Barrett, Toreann Shields, Tevin Yen, Alexis McDonald, Jamelia Bryan Jordanna Kirchman, Kristi Welds, Kayla Welds, Asanna Hodgson, Ericka Rockett-McBean, Ashley McLean, Jacob Wood and Channelle Thomas.
Interns were deployed to the various sections of the department including Cayman Centre (work permit administration), Passport and Corporate Services, Enforcement, Border Control (airport) and headquarters which consists of the Public Counter, Filing, HR, Accounts, Training and the Operations Unit.
Visa intern Tyrese Scott has his heart set on a career with Immigration. He previously got work experience with DOI while he was at CIFEC and was so impressed particularly with the operations of the Visa Section that he requested to do his summer internship there. He aspires to seek a full time position with the DOI, he says.
According to Iowa Wesleyan University student and Enforcement Intern Tevin Yen, he found working in that section fascinating as his career goal is to be a crime scene investigator. "Being in the Enforcement Section afforded me hands on experience and which will no doubt be of benefit in my chosen career path," states Tevin.
Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith expressed his appreciation to the staff for accommodating the summer interns during their own busy schedules. "It is our responsibility to get this next generation ready for a career in the civil service. Consequently, the department's employees model what it is to work in a hectic and essential arm of the government, while providing a positive experience for these young adults."
The department expresses appreciation to all the interns and encourages them to continue to excel in their studies.