Summer Interns Gaining Work Experience at FortisTCI
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Tuesday, July 24, 2018) – Sixteen fourth and fifth form high school students and two college students are gaining summer work experience at FortisTCI through the company’s Student Internship Program (SIP) and Summer Student Employment (SSEP) Program.
The SIP is designed to engage high school students in a highly developed professional environment, while exposing them to the different types of careers within the electric utility sector. The first group of SIP participants began work on Monday, July 16, 2018, and will work over a two week period through Friday, July 27, 2018. The second group of fourth and fifth form students will join the company on Tuesday, August 7 until Friday, August 17, 2018.
This year’s July SIP participants are Devana Higgs, Avielle Amaya Brown, Pandel Lightbourne, Aiyana Been, Davis Gardiner, Caelan Musgrove, and Ashanti Robinson from Raymond Gardiner High School; Rodneyson Jean and Zaria Ingham from Maranatha Academy; Kendly Smith from Clement Howell High School, Diavion Ebanks from Holy Family Academy; Caitlin Lewis from TCIPS, Chinaza Chukwu from Champions for Christ; Lukas Barclay from Wesley Methodist High School; Shaqueena Gibson from British West Indies Collegiate; and Trevante Brown, a recent graduate from Oxon Hill High School in Maryland, USA. These students are gaining hands-on experience within the company in various departments that include customer service, IT, engineering, energy production, environmental health and safety, finance and transmission and distribution.
The SSEP selects highly qualified college students and provides them an opportunity to work two months over the summer alongside industry professionals. This year’s SSEP participants are Roshawn Cox, a Clark Atlanta University student studying Computer Science, and Cristhofer Lugo Bernabel, a Turks and Caicos Islands Community College student taking Computer Studies.
Both SSEP and SIP are intense programs that require students to go through a rigorous selection process. College students must demonstrate a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and submit two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. High school students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their principal or guidance counsellor and must submit an essay outlining why they should be hired as an intern at FortisTCI.
Ruth Forbes, FortisTCI Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO, said, “This is the fourth year that FortisTCI has offered its summer internship and employment programs to help develop the country’s youth into soaring professionals in the 21st century.”
Mrs. Forbes continued, “At FortisTCI, investment in people, particularly the youth, is a constant conversation and a focus to which the company remains committed. Work experience at FortisTCI is not just about having a summer job, but also about the discovery of self and uncovering talents and passions as a way of guiding our youth on their destined paths. We congratulate all students for their hard work and determination to be leading professionals.”