The Gibraltar Internship Initiative Program

Our fifth cohort of the Gibraltar Internship Initiative in Washington D.C., created in partnership with the Government of Gibraltar in 2014, will commence their internship program in August 2015, making this the fifth consecutive semester for this successful partnership’s program. The overall objective of this program, created by the Advanced Leadership Foundation, is to help young professionals gain the necessary training and experience in order to succeed in the workforce.

After the success of the previous edition of the Gibraltar Internship Initiative program, our new participants are eager to begin their professional work experience in Washington D.C. Based on testimonials from former participants in the program a great experience in the US capital awaits them. Liam Payas, who interned at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender said about the program: “My internship… aims to provide and promote quality legal representation for people who cannot afford it on their own. The casework that I’ve been exposed to has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has greatly advanced my professional development. The skills and knowledge I have acquired, as well as the contacts I have made during my time in D.C., are proving invaluable and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part in this program.”

At present a total of 27 interns have been selected to participate in this opportunity and are being matched with potential work locations, where advisors are guiding them to find the best suitable internship based on needs and interests in their field. Some of the areas of potential work experience include: advocacy, service & arts, business & global trade, international affairs, law & criminal justice, media & communications, politics & public policy, and science, technology & society. This unique opportunity will have a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, where possible destinations include Forbes 500 companies, U.S. government organizations, non-profits and the world’s most important multilateral organizations.

The skills and knowledge I have acquired, as well as the contacts I have made during my time in D.C., are proving invaluable and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part in this program.
— Liam Payas, Gibraltar Internship Initiative Alumnus