Gabrielle Creque, an Elmore Stoutt High School student, worked this summer at the Deputy Governor’s Office as part of the Department of Human Resources’ Summer Employment Programme. Photo: GIS

Nursing, development planning and law were among the professions tried out by about 200 students as part of the Department of Human Resources’ Summer Employment and Apprenticeship programmes in July and August.

Most participants were either college students or high schoolers who have completed fourth form, according to Government Information Services.

They were placed in various ministries and departments throughout the public service.

Gabrielle Creque, an accounts student at the Elmore Stoutt High School, was assigned to the Deputy Governor’s Office with the Summer Employment Programme.

Speaking to GIS, she described the job as “an opportunity to experience firsthand the professionalism of a working environment.”

Sherene Liburd, a second-year law student at the University of East London, was assigned to the High Court Registry with the Apprenticeship Programme.

“I felt like a part of the staff and was exposed to a wide range of professional duties,” Ms. Liburd said. “It was also satisfying to return home and serve my country while at the same time gaining professional experience.”

Michelle Donovan Stevens, acting director of the HR Department, said the agency “has facilitated such studentships in times past and will continue to coordinate more educational and professional exchanges for students and employees within the Virgin Islands and other countries.”