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