Call for Applicants for DOT’s Summer 2015 Internship Program in New York

Opportunity for a qualified college senior or recent graduate
for a public relations and marketing internship in New York City 

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (April 7, 2015) – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeking applicants for its summer 2015 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 a Virgin Islander the opportunity to develop skills and obtain experience to pursue a career in tourism marketing. The chosen intern will play an important role in promoting the U.S. Virgin Islands to a national audience, helping to increase visitor arrivals and tourism spending in the territory.

“Since the summer of 2013, our New York City internship has provided six young professionals from the Virgin Islands the invaluable experience necessary to pursue a career in tourism marketing and public relations,” said Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are eager to identify another talented candidate to join the program this summer and ask everyone to spread the word to encourage enthusiastic, qualified Virgin Islanders to apply.”

Candidates must be from the Virgin Islands and a recent graduate 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. Qualified applicants must possess sound writing and verbal communication abilities, exceptional organization skills and have an eye for detail. A proven ability to adapt to new, fast-paced 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 U.S. Virgin Islands and its unique offerings.

The chosen candidate will receive round-trip air to New York City and a monthly stipend to cover housing, transportation and other living expenses. The summer intern will support the USVI account team at DCI’s New York office from June through August 2015, on a full-time basis. Daily tasks will include, but will not be limited to press release and pitch writing, media outreach, assisting with event planning and trade show logistics, drafting and editing client documents and assisting with media coverage reporting.

Interested candidates may e-mail their resume and cover letter by Wednesday, April 30, 2015 to Development Counsellors International’s Maureen Haley at  For more information about the internship program, contact Luana A. Wheatley at

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Luana A. Wheatley
Assistant Director of Communications
(340) 774-8784

Maureen Haley
Development Counsellors International
(212) 444-7145