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​Orientation Evening for Summer Interns

News 19 Aug 2017

Connecting and establishing a rapport between host agencies and Summer Interns is the focus of the Orientation Evening hosted by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) on August 24.

The event aims to bring together the 24 selected 2017-18 Summer Interns together with their respective host agencies ahead of the 10-week internship period which begins on November 20, 2017 and concludes on February 16, 2018.

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.

Last year’s Orientation Evening proved to be a hit with the NZ Scholarship students selected for internships at various organisations around the country and throughout the region, as well as with the host agencies.

Olisana Mariner completed her Summer Internship at PCF, and says the orientation evening was a great chance to meet my host agency and other industry leaders in NZ and the Pacific.

"I had to get over any feelings of reservation and shyness to truly make the most of networking, so I believe the orientation night was a catalyst that really helped bolster my confidence,” Olisana adds.

Programme Development Manager for PCF Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika says an orientation evening helps to ease the interns’ nerves before entering the workplace.

“It is also an opportunity for the interns to grasp an idea of what the host agencies do, and what the host agencies expect from them in the workplace,” Ralph says.

“Host agencies can learn about the intern who will be with them for ten weeks, and what that intern hopes to achieve during the Summer Internship.”

The Summer Internship Orientation Evening will be staged at MFAT’s Auckland office, and will get underway at 5.30pm.

See the full programme HERE.

Visit PCF more information about PCF’s Summer Internship initiative.