Live And Work In Jamaica With The Gracekennedy Birthright Programme

GraceKennedy Limited presents an exciting opportunity for you to experience life in Jamaica up close and personal!

If either of your parents or grandparents is originally from Jamaica, you could qualify to gain work experience in a diverse range of industries while experiencing the warmth and hospitality for which Jamaicans are famous.

The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is a cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the participants. It is designed to give the successful candidates a well-rounded Jamaican experience.

Over a 6-week period, (mid June – mid August) the interns will work on rotation within one or more of the companies within the GraceKennedy group. This will grant you hands on experience in a range of industries, while incorporating your professional interests into your work schedule. In addition to gaining practical experience, the Internship will develop your leadership skills and a good corporate work ethic.

The core values of the Programme focus on responsibility, hard work, courtesy, leadership qualities, and an eagerness to learn.

At the end of the programme the participant will make the transition from ‘Intern’ to ‘Ambassador’. He or she will return home filled with a rich knowledge of their Jamaican roots and culture and also with a greater understanding of the Jamaican corporate environment.

Enjoy Our Jamaican Hospitality

GraceKennedy will provide housing and transportation to and from work Monday through Friday and on planned weekend excursions. This is a great opportunity for you to interact with interns from other cultures and backgrounds.

It’s Not All Work

In Jamaica we work and play hard and so rest and relaxation should definitely be part of your agenda. There will be variety of weekend programmes know as the Heritage Pathways, which will expose you to the Jamaican heritage by educating you on our historic sites, natural and human resources, and of course, our beaches! Through our weekend programmes you will have an opportunity to, meet Jamaicans from all walks of life, and immerse yourself in our rich culture and history.

HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?

Candidates must complete an application form

Along with the application form, candidate will be required to include 4 passport size photographs, his/her official transcript, and a one-page essay on why he/she would make the ideal candidate for this programme.
Candidate must be pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree
Candidate must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above (i.e. a ‘B’ average or higher)
Candidate must be of Jamaican parentage/grand parentage
Candidate must be between the ages of 18 to 30 years old