Department of Tourism Welcomes Diandra Capdeville as its Summer 2013 Intern in New York

~ St. Thomas native will work with Development Counsellors International through August; search for Fall intern candidates still underway ~

 U.S. Virgin Islands (June 27, 2013) – The Department of Tourism is pleased to announce that Diandra Capdeville – a sophomore Public Relations major at Rider University, New Jersey – has joined the Department of Tourism’s New York-based public relations agency of record, Development Counsellors International (DCI), as the USVI team’s summer intern. During her internship, Diandra will support several marketing and communications initiatives on a full-time basis, allowing her to develop the skills and experience necessary to pursue a career in travel and tourism public relations.

“I am aware that the selection process was very competitive and I am pleased that I have been given this very unique opportunity,” said Diandra. “During this internship I am looking forward to gaining hands on experience in the public relations field and tourism industry.”

Born and raised in St. Thomas, Diandra enjoys working in roles that require regular interaction with people. She previously worked at St. Thomas’ Old Stone Farmhouse restaurant as a hostess. After entering Rider University, she took on a position at the University’s Office of Annual Giving, where she reached out to Rider Alumni to encourage donations to the Rider Annual Fund.  At Rider’s Office of Admissions, Diandra currently works as a tour guide, where she escorts prospective students and their family members around the Lawrenceville campus to show them all that the establishment has to offer and answer their admissions questions.  She is also a peer mentor with the school’s Multicultural Student Leadership Institute.

To enhance her public relations experience outside of the classroom, the Dean’s List student also serves as the Public Relations Chair for Rider University’s Global Studies club. The role has given her experience as a social media manager and developer of marketing materials.

“We received interest from a number of outstanding candidates,” said Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty.” Ultimately, Diandra’s excellent academic standing, interest in the travel industry, commitment to pursuing public relations as a profession and knack for working in interactive roles led us to select her for the summer program.”

In addition to the opportunity to intern with the Department’s public relations agency, the DOT’s long-standing summer internship program provides students from St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the tourism industry and explore career opportunities locally within the Department. This summer the DOT is employing 13 high school interns – seven working out of the St. Croix office and six based in St. Thomas. The New York-based internship opportunity with DCI is an extension of the program that seeks to provide University-level students with an interest and background in communications/marketing with the opportunity to develop the skills and experience necessary to promote the USVI internationally.

The Department is still accepting cover letter and resumes from candidates interested in applying for the New-York based Fall intern position. Qualified candidates will be Virgin Islands residents who are recent graduates of or in their final year of study at an accredited undergraduate or graduate university program with a major in marketing, mass communications or public relations. He or she will possess sound written and verbal communication skills, exceptional organizational skills and have an eye for detail. Strong candidates will have a proven ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments and deadlines as they arise, and generally exude a positive, “go-getter” attitude. They will also be able to illustrate their deep knowledge of and passion for USVI culture and heritage.

The chosen candidates will receive round-trip air to New York with a monthly stipend to cover housing, transportation and other living expenses. The Fall intern will support the USVI account team at DCI’s New York office on a full-time basis (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily from Monday to Friday) from September to November 2013. Additional work hours may be required some evenings and weekends. 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 and developing content for the DOT’s social media channels.

Applicants may e-mail their resume and cover letter to Irving Clara, Senior Account Executive at DCI at irving.clara@aboutdci.com.  For more information about the internship program, contact Allegra Kean-Moorehead at akmoorehead@usvitourism.vi.

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Allegra Kean-Moorehead

Director of Communications

(340) 774-8784 ext. 2234

akmoorehead@usvitourism.vi