Call for Applicants for DOT’s Fall 2014 Internship Program in New York

~ One qualified college senior or recent graduate will embark on a public relations internship with Development Counsellors International in New York City ~

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (July 21, 2014) – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeking applicants for its fall 2014 internship in New York City. Co-sponsored with the DOT’s U.S.-based public relations agency of record, Development Counsellors International (DCI), the program provides one vibrant young Virgin Islander the opportunity to develop skills and obtain necessary experience to pursue a career in marketing communications. The chosen intern will also play an important role in promoting the U.S. Virgin Islands in an effort to increase visitor arrivals and expenditure.

“Since the summer of 2013, our New York City internship has provided four Virgin Islanders invaluable experience necessary to develop a strong foundation for a career in destination marketing and public relations,” says Commissioner of Tourism, Ms. Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are eager to identify another talented candidate to join the program this fall and ask everyone to spread the word to encourage qualified individuals to apply.”

Candidates must be from the Virgin Islands and be recent graduates or in their final year of study at an accredited undergraduate or graduate university program with a major in marketing, mass communications, public relations and/or tourism studies. Desired applicant qualities include sound writing and verbal communication abilities, exceptional organization skills and an eye for detail. A proven ability to adapt to new conditions, adhere to deadlines for assigned tasks and exude a positive, “go-getter” attitude will also ensure success in this role. It is recommended that applicants also be able to illustrate their deep knowledge of the Territory’s unique culture and heritage.

The chosen candidate will receive round-trip air to New York City with a monthly stipend of up to $2,500 to cover housing, transportation and other living expenses. The fall intern will support the USVI account team at DCI’s New York office from September through December 2014, on a full-time or, if necessary, part-time basis to accommodate the candidate’s University class schedule. Daily tasks will include, but will not be limited to media pitching, assisting with event planning, drafting and editing client documents, liaising with the DOT’s on-island tourism partners, conducting travel industry and/or consumer behavior research.

Interested candidates may e-mail their resume and cover letter by Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Development Counsellors International’s Alexandra Lue at  For more information about the internship program, contact Luana A. Wheatley at


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