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Students of Jamaican heritage living across the Diaspora, who wish to be considered for the third installment of the GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Programme, have until February 10 to send in their applications.The forms are available online at www.gracekennedy.com and will be accepted via email at: jamaicanbirthright@gkco.com.
Established in December 2003, the GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Programme aims to deepen ties with second and third generation Jamaicans living and studying in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, through a unique internship programme.
This year, GraceKennedy Limited will host six university students for a two-month period from mid-June through to mid-August. The successful candidates/interns will then work on a rotation basis within the GraceKennedy Group of Companies, allowing them to gain invaluable hands on experience in their chosen career field, while benefiting from mentorship from the GraceKennedy management team.
“The programme is a cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the selected candidates and is a direct response to the yearning by the second and third generation Jamaicans in the Diaspora to claim their Jamaican heritage,” noted Douglas Orane, Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited and creator of the programme.
According to Ann Marie Grant-Brown, Manager of GraceKennedy Money Services Centre in Brooklyn, New York, one added benefit of the programme was the identification of goodwill ambassadors’ throughout the Diaspora.
“Another of the objectives is the creation of a pool of persons, who through positive experience in this programme, will be goodwill ambassadors for Jamaica in the Diaspora as well as stimulate a desire in them and their associates of similar heritage and profile to consider returning to the country to contribute to its development and advancement upon completion of their studies,” she told JIS News.
Mrs. Grant-Brown noted that since its inception in 2003, the programme had enabled 12 students to see and participate in a variety of social, cultural and economic activities in Jamaica, “all in an atmosphere, which combines learning, fun and professionalism, to create a unique experience”.
To be considered for the programme, candidates must be pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and must be between the ages of 18 to 30 years.
The GraceKennedy Group of Companies comprise a varied network of some 40 subsidiaries and associated companies across the Caribbean, North and Central America and the United Kingdom. Its operations span the financial/remittance, food manufacturing and distribution industries.