Dart internship programme deemed a success

For several years Dart Cayman Islands has offered an intern programme to provide students with an opportunity to gain work experience from senior managers within a dynamic, real time business environment.

This year’s programme, which started on 1 July and ends 1 September welcomed 12 interns, each of whom has been placed in a different department within Dart and matched with a mentor for the entire programme.

‘At Dart Cayman Islands, we embrace our Internship Programme as an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with those who will be entering the Cayman Islands workforce in the near future,’ said Greg Barnes, VP Human Resources.

‘Under the guidance of a mentor, we aim to provide each intern with exposure and/or experience in a field that he or she is considering. In return, it allows us to showcase our company as an employer of choice and trust that students will consider a career at Dart Cayman Islands once they have obtained their academic qualifications.’

The interns hail from numerous institutions including the high schools, UCCI and several overseas universities. Ravyn Rankin, a Triple C Year 9 student, participated in the programme for her second year.

‘I find working at Dart very interesting,’ she said.

‘I’ve worked in the Human Resources Department and there is always something going on and so much to learn – it’s never boring.’

Kelsie Mclean, who is starting 6th Form at St Ignatius this year, is enthusiastic about the programme.

‘I work as an intern receptionist for Dart Cayman Islands, and have learned some valuable lessons, especially about how to be professional,’ she said.

‘The people at Dart are different from other companies that I’ve worked at in that even if they are very senior, the best at what they do, they are also friendly and welcoming. Interns feel really recognized for our work. I really like that, and hope to be able to come back after I graduate.’

Joanna Barwick shares a bit about her experience working in the marketing department for Camana Bay.

‘While the jobs I’ve had in past summers mostly involved admin or basic errand-running, in Dart’s Marketing Department my feet hardly touch the ground,’ she said.

‘The jobs I’m given could involve anything from assisting film crews, interviewing visitors, shopping for competition prizes, to preparing photo shoots and even spending the afternoon in a helicopter. I love that I’m kept on my toes, and the fact that I get to feel a part of the shaping of such a gorgeous town is a great bonus,’ she continued.

For more details on Dart Cayman Islands or the internship programme, contact Greg Barnes, VP Human Resources at 640-3670.