Department of Tourism Welcomes New York Summer Intern George Cannon III

St. Croix native hired to work at New York City public relations firm this summer 

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (June 19, 2015) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pleased to announce George Cannon III has joined the Department of Tourism’s New York-based public relations agency of record, Development Counsellors International (DCI). The position, a partnership between DCI and the DOT, is designed to provide opportunities for Virgin Islanders to gain valuable professional experience. Cannon will support DCI’s account team on DOT public relations and promotional initiatives targeted at a national U.S. audience.

A St. Croix native, Cannon has in-depth knowledge of the territory’s unique offerings which he will learn to shape into messaging which draws attention to the tourism experience and attracts visitors whose spending contributes to the local economy.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to grow as a marketing professional while promoting my beloved U.S. Virgin Islands,” said George Cannon, “I am thrilled to be here and proud to represent my home.”

A recent graduate of Monroe College in New York City, where he received a Master of Business Administration, Cannon brings past experience as a creative service intern with Scripps Interactive and the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“The Department of Tourism sees providing development opportunities to our territory’s young adults as a priority” says Commissioner of Tourism, Ms. Beverly Nicholson-Doty, “The pool of qualified candidates applying for this year’s summer internship was extensive.  George’s prior professional experiences both in St. Croix and New York City gave him an edge over the other applicants.” 

Fall 2015 Internship Opportunity

The DOT is now accepting cover letters and resumes from candidates interested in applying for the New-York based fall 2015 internship position. The successful candidate will support the U.S. Virgin Islands account team at DCI’s New York office on a full-time basis from September to November 2015. Daily tasks will include, but will not be limited to, media pitching, event planning, drafting and editing press materials, conducting research and working with on-island tourism partners.

In order to apply, candidates must be residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands who are recent graduates, or in their final year of study, at an accredited undergraduate or graduate university program with a concentration in marketing, mass communications or public relations. Strong candidates will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and be extremely organized and detail-oriented. The chosen intern will receive roundtrip airfare to New York with a monthly stipend to cover housing, transportation and living expenses.

Qualified applicants may e-mail their resume and cover letter to Maureen Haley, Vice President at DCI at by August 15, 2015.  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