Mary-Anne Tiria (marketing administration) and Marei Nicholas (trade and communications) have both signed up for the corporation’s “Intern Cook Islands” programme.
The pair will be based at head office for the next six months where they will work with the marketing team to develop their skills and achieve set objectives.
Tiria, 24, is a recent graduate from AUT University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Tourism Management.
With her passion for tourism and helping our Cook Islands people, she is more dedicated than ever to apply her skills outside of the classroom.
Since graduating, Tiria had been looking for a suitable position based in Rarotonga, but kept her options open with a couple of opportunities in Auckland, just in case.
Since securing her internship, which she discovered through peer networks, she aims to build strong working relationships within the Cook Islands Tourism Industry while making a positive contribution towards sustainable tourism development in the Cook Islands.
“The internship is a great kick start to my career development of a journey I started four years ago at the university, so it is great to put everything into practice,” Tiria said.
Nicholas is the corporation’s youngest staff member.
At only 17, she has already ticked off a goal for 2018 by securing employment within the tourism industry.
Her interest in tourism came from her last year at Tereora College where she took Tourism Studies as an elective, and loved it.
She loves the way in which her home is portrayed to the world and is eager to learn about the marketing strategies that support the Love a Little Paradise brand.
Nicholas’ goals during her internship are to gain a more practical understanding of the tourism industry and develop her knowledge of the Cook Islands offerings to equip her for a future career in the industry.
She is also an active member for the Avatiu Netball premier team with interests in art and design, travel and photography.
Intern Cook Islands aims to develop young Cook Islands professionals to thrive within the tourism industry.
The programme provides an encouraging working environment where interns can gain practical experience and applications of real world scenarios.
Since its inception in 2013, Intern Cook Islands has recruited a total of 13 interns who were positioned to provide support within both the marketing and destination development teams.
Head Office digital coordinators, Daniel Fisher and Tayla Beddoes are both graduates of the programme and are a testament to the opportunities and pathways that this Internship presents.
- CI Tourism