Interns gain workplace experience

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority had six local students join its summer internship programme this year.

The interns all have different career goals but all share a desire to learn.

The students, who are at both the high school and university level, were placed throughout CIMA, in an area which matched their individual interests or study areas.

Tara Abdul-Jabbar, Assistant Human Resources Manager, was in charge of the placement of students.

‘CIMA’s goal is to…give the [students] an opportunity to interact with people from a variety of divisions and let them see how we operate,’ she explained.

The programme is mutually beneficial, Miss Abdul-Jabbar stated. ‘For CIMA, it is a chance to identify and groom potential future employees.’

The internship programme has been running for several years, with many interns returning on an annual basis due to their hard work and eagerness to learn.

‘I’ve been an intern here for three years now and I love it,’ said intern Melesia Webster. ‘[M]y placement as an investment and securities analyst offers me great experience in economics, which is what I am majoring in at St. Thomas University in Canada.’

Arikka Ebanks has worked at CIMA for the past four summers. Having recently completed her International Baccalaureate, she plans to earn her Bachelor’s degree in law and study forensic accounting.

Robert-James Berry, her supervisor at CIMA and head of the Compliance Division, has noticed Ms Ebanks’ growth over the past four years.

‘I feel that Arikka has progressed and developed a lot; she excels more and more in the tasks she performs every year.’

Brandon Ebanks is a graduate of John Gray High School but had not chosen a specific career path until he interned at CIMA.

‘Working here has led me towards choosing a career in information technology,’ says Mr. Ebanks, who was placed in the Information Systems Unit.

‘This job is exactly what I needed.’

Harvey Stephenson Jr. is a second-year student at Brown University in Rhode Island, where he majors in applied mathematics and economics. He also has interests in law.

He has been supervised throughout his internship by Langston Sibblies, deputy managing director, general counsel.

‘Most of my work revolved around Mr. Sibblies’ research needs,’ explained Mr. Stephenson. ‘I gained a much better understanding of how to present the most relevant research in the most efficient way possible under time constraints.’

Carmen Gorham graduated from Cayman Prep and High School and was able to gain a placement in the Public Relations Unit at CIMA.

While at CIMA, she has developed her writing, photography and Internet search skills.

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