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CIG Bids Interns Farewell

CIG Bids Interns Farewell
Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson takes a photo with GIS interns Japhia Augustine (left) and Emelina Montoya (right).
(Media credit: Japhia Augustine, Emelina Montoya and Bina Mani)

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (GIS) --  Cayman Islands Government (CIG) Ministers and officials came together at the Government Administration Building on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 to say farewell to 120 interns who have worked for government this summer.

The one hour reception organised by the Chief Officer of the Civil Service, Ms Gloria McField-Nixon, and HR Benefits Coordinator for the Civil Service, Ms Christine Wright was well attended by the interns, elected officials, the Deputy Governor, Chief Officers, Heads of Department, and other civil service personnel.

Welcoming the attendees, Ms McField-Nixon noted that this year’s internship programme exceeded last year’s performance and the target set by the Deputy Governor’s to provide work experience for at least 100 Caymanian students.

Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson said he was impressed at the large number of interns and the excellent reports he had received on their performance. Remembering his own journey beginning as an intern at age 15, with the Immigration Department, to becoming the Head of the Civil Service, he commented that every intern has the potential, through hard work, to rise through the ranks just as he did.

“I’m delighted that the Cayman Islands Government was able to give so many of our bright young Caymanians the opportunity to work with us.” He highlighted the opportunity the event provided interns to network with top government personnel and among themselves.

Interns were heavily involved in the afternoon’s programme, including PoCS interns Zachery Wright who performed the National Song and Victoria Ramos who led the prayer. Government Information Services (GIS) interns Japhia Augustine and Emelina Montoya presented a slideshow documenting the scores of students who had been working in agencies across the civil service. Again, GIS interns including Abigail Ebanks and Tre Dilbert were at work providing videography and photography services.