17 students intern with Immigration Department

Preparing next generation for civil service careers

The Department of Immigration interns with Human Resources staff and senior managers at orientation.

Seventeen college and high school students traded in their summer break for some work experience with the government since July 4, providing them with practical work experience and training.

They have been placed in various areas of the Department of Immigration, including Cayman Centre (work permit administration); Passport and Corporate Services; Enforcement; Border Control (airport) and headquarters, which consists of the Public Counter; Filing, Human Resources; Accounts; Training; and the Operations Unit.

The interns also participated in training on topics such as workplace ethics, effective teamwork and customer service skills.

One of the interns, Tyrese Scott, who previously interned with the department when he attended the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, wants to establish a career with Immigration’s visa department. According to a press release, he specifically requested to intern there for the summer.

Tevin Yen, a student at Iowa Wesleyan University, said working in the enforcement department has been fascinating, as his career goal is to become a crime scene investigator.

“Being in the Enforcement Section afforded me hands-on experience … which will no doubt be

Immigration Department Interns work together on their problem-solving skills.
Immigration Department Interns work together on their problem-solving skills.

of benefit in my chosen career path,” said Tevin.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smithsaid, “It is our responsibility to get this next generation ready for a career in the civil service.

Consequently, the department’s employees model what it is to work in a hectic and essential arm of the government, while providing a positive experience for these young adults.”

The government internship program will host the immigration interns until the end of August.

The other interns are Coriah Hill, Amir Palmer, Janell Taylor, Patrick Barrett, Toreann Shields, Alexis McDonald, Jamelia Bryan, Jordanna Kirchman, Kristi Welds, Kayla Welds, Asanna Hodgson, Ericka Rockett-McBean, Ashley McLean, Jacob Wood and Channelle Thomas.