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​New Caledonia intern thrown into the deep end

News 15 Sep 2017

The opportunity to intern at Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) has opened Solenne Kerleguer’s eyes to what happens in the wider Pacific region.

Stemming from New Caledonia, the 20-year-old final year Ecole de Gestion et de Commerce student has recently joined PCF to complete a two month internship, which is part of her course requirements.

Solenne was thrown straight into the deep end at PCF, travelling to Apia soon after her arrival to take part in the facilitation of the Pacific Wave Samoa.

At the one-day forum, staged at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting, Solenne was exposed to many various and interesting people interested in how embracing digital technology can benefit people and improve their wellbeing throughout the region.

“It was the first time I have participated at a big event such as the Pacific Wave conference,” Solenne says.

“It was a true pleasure to meet these people and discuss many different issues affecting business in the Pacific with them … now I know more about the Pacific market.”

Solenne’s course covers all aspects of business, which is why the bubbly student chose this particular school.

During the school year, she is placed in a human resources company in New Caledonia for two weeks, and then attends classes for one week.

“I’m curious and I like to do various tasks so this course was a good choice.

“I have learnt a lot about business but also about me too … it's a very good experience but we don't have holidays,” Solenne adds.

Eventually, Solenne would like to try her hand at being an entrepreneur, and start her own business or have responsibilities within a company.

“I want to help my home country and/or the Pacific.

“For me it's important to do something I like that also benefits people.”

For the past few years, PCF has been hosting interns from the business school in Noumea, with interns providing positive feedback about their experience with the foundation.

Solenne is no exception, and says she is loving her time at PCF.

“The PCF team is like a family, they are very kind.

“I have had the opportunity to develop my skills and my English, and moreover, I have met so many lovely and interesting people from all around the Pacific.”

Solenne’s internship at PCF concludes at the end of the month.

(Picture caption: Solenne with Pacific Wave Samoa panellist Jeff Gilpin, in Apia during the forum.)