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Summer Interns announced for 2017-18

News 6 Jul 2017

Twenty-four New Zealand Scholars have been selected for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Summer Internship initiative for 2017-18. This is the third year the Summer Internship programme, facilitated by PCF and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), has been run.

Promoted heavily at the two-day Pacific Island Scholars Alumni Network (PISAN) North Island and South Island events earlier this year, the Summer Internship attracted close to 60 high calibre applicants, from across the region, and who are studying a huge range of subjects at various NZ tertiary institutions.

The number of applicants and selected interns has gradually increased over the past three years, and this coming summer will see 24 scholars placed in various NZ organisations, and several in regionally-based organisations.

Programme Development Manager for PCF Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika is pleased with both the number and high calibre of applicants, and he is now tasked with the job of matching the scholars with relevant host agencies.

“The students will spend 10 weeks at these host agencies, where they will learn professional skills and gain practical experience which we hope will assist them when they eventually find employment in their home country,” Ralph says.

As part of the criteria of MFAT’s NZ Scholarships, scholars are bonded to their home country for two years following the completion of their degree.

“Summer Internships benefit both the scholars, who gain invaluable workplace experience, but also the host agencies,” Ralph adds.

“Not only do they get an extra pair of hands in the organisation for 10 weeks, but it is a chance for these organisations to establish relationships with the Pacific, while supporting the development of businesses and communities in the region.”

The interns will be informed of their placement once Ralph has met with host agencies to go through the best fit process.

The Summer Internship commences on November 20, 2017 and concludes February 16, 2018.

Visit PCF for more information on this initiative.

Summer Interns for 2017-2018

Vilimone Raqona

University of Otago

Master of Applied Science (Geographic Information System)

Fiji

Rayans Helehahimae

University of Waikato

Bachelor of Laws

Solomon Islands

Margaret Mase

AUT

Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion)

PNG

Sina Ah Sam

Victoria University

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law and Taxations)

Samoa

Siaoauli Fatu

Victoria University

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Samoa

Ebony-Jean Ta’avili

University of Canterbury

Bachelor of Science ( Geography)

Samoa

Romella Bue

Massey University

Bachelor of Applied Economics (Min: Finance)

Vanuatu

Martinha Amaral

Lincoln University

Bachelor of Environmental Management & Planning

Timor Leste

Emmanuel Pitakaka

University of Waikato

Bachelor of Laws

Solomon Islands

Ivo Da Silva Alves

MIT

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Timor Leste

Danny Shadrech

University of Otago

Bachelor of Science (Oceanography & Geology)

Solomon Islands

Charles Vatopu

University of Waikato

Bachelor of Business Analysis (Accounting)

Solomon Islands

Maria Mafi

Victoria University

Master of Professional Accounting

Tonga

Taiala Fulivai

Victoria University

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

Tonga

Salote Faupula

University of Otago

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Management0

Tonga

Shulei Andrew

University of Waikato

Bachelor in Management Studies (Marketing)

PNG

Juvelino Sequeira

Unitec

Bachelor of Applied Technology (Civil)

Timor Leste

Theo Zobule

AUT

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)

Solomon Islands

Robyn Tom-Ata

Victoria University

Master in Public Policy

PNG

Ricardo William

Massey University (P)

Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

Vanuatu

Zach Fonoti

Victoria University

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science)

Samoa

Andre Westerlund

Victoria University

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

Samoa

Lulu Numiman

Lincoln University

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)

PNG

Annetta Lakopo

Victoria University

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science)

Samoa