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City interns complete successful eight week internship

The City of Hamilton’s summer interns (Photograph supplied)

Eight “knowledge-packed” weeks of paid summer internships offered by the City of Hamilton will conclude today.

The city hired 13 students from a pool of more than 110 applicants.

Each intern got linked with a mentor to guide them through duties and learning outcomes outlined in their student plans.

They were placed in departments and roles across the organisation – from finance and administration to marketing and communications, engineering and parks.

Students had the option of switching departments to pick up extra experience.

Lindell Foster, the city’s director of human resources, said six to ten were hired in a typical year – but extra interns were taken on this year because there had been “so many outstanding applicants”.

She added that the city sought to give interns a “fully immersive experience” to build the widest set of skills and help them determine if the city might hold potential career choices.

Malaysia Roberts, who interned with the marketing and communications department, helped plan and executive the popular Summer Sunday: City Funday held in July.

She said it had been “a truly awesome experience”.

“I really enjoyed the work environment and the people; it felt like a family – everyone was very nurturing and encouraging.”

The Berkeley Institute student plans to study marketing and business administration at university next year.

Danielle Foote is in her final year studying architecture student at Savannah College of Art and Design.

She was placed with the city’s engineering team, working with the assistant city engineer on renovation for the Earl Cameron Theatre bathrooms and dressing rooms.

She said: “The whole experience has been really positive. Overall, I have gained more confidence in myself working with a team. It has helped me to not only recognise skills that I already possess but also how to feel confident in showcasing them outside of the office.”

Dwayne Caines, the city’s chief executive, said: “Summer employment programmes are so important for young Bermudians – often providing that crucial `foot in the door’ work experience that employers are seeking these days.

“In fact, many of our own City staff members started out as summer students, so the programme is extremely fruitful for us as well.”

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Published August 26, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated August 26, 2022 at 7:47 am)

City interns complete successful eight week internship

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