The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) Regional Internship Programme

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) Regional Internship Programme

Published:           5/10/2018 4:12:02 PM


The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is supporting a regional internship programme to provide career-related work experience for CARICOM and/or CCRIF member country citizens that enhances the graduates’ academic training and provides a real world introduction to the graduates in the areas of disaster risk management, climate change, meteorology, risk transfer and/or risk modelling. CCRIF partners with national disaster management and meteorology offices and regional organizations including the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) among others.

The CCRIF Regional Internship Programme has been designed to:

Promote academic, career and/or personal development for the selected interns;

Provide interns with the opportunity to integrate their academic knowledge with practical application and skill development in the workplace;

Provide experiential learning thereby ensuring that interns gain vital skills and experience that they will be able to use throughout their professional career;

Enhance and/or expand the interns’ knowledge in  areas related to climate change, disaster risk management, and/or risk insurance among others;

Offer interns challenging assignments that benefit the host organization while providing tangible work experience for the interns;

Enable interns to sample potential areas of work specialization and explore the workplace culture of the assigned organization;

Include an intentional “learning plan” for interns that is structured within the work experience and includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment of interns;

Balance interns’ own learning goals with the specific work the organization needs completed;

Expose interns to professional role models or mentors who will provide them with support and provide an example of the behaviours expected in the workplace;

Enable interns to develop a solid work ethic and professional demeanour, as well as a commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility

Interns will be exposed to a range of activities during the internship which may include among others:

Compilation/collation of data/information on various issues and making use of the data for empirical analysis

Participation in planning and research-related activities

Participation in field work and other similar research-related activities

Writing up meeting/conference/seminar notes and reports

Conducting literature reviews and web-based research

Assisting with the organization of events

Assisting with policy-influencing work

Administrative tasks

By the end of the internship, it is expected that interns would have:

Linked academic theory to practice as it relates to their specific discipline

Applied knowledge, skills, experience to a work environment

Acquired new learning through challenging and meaningful activities and tasks

Demonstrated professional skills in the workplace

Built and maintained positive professional relationships

Demonstrated awareness of community and/or organizational issues

Identified, clarified and/or confirmed professional direction as it relates to their academic studies and future career path

Developed self-understanding, self-discipline, maturity and confidence

Developed strong networking/mentoring relationships

Eligibility and Requirements:

Interns must be citizens of CARICOM and/or CCRIF member countries and must be graduates of a recognized university. They must have completed a course of study in any one of the following key areas of study:

Disaster risk management (DRM)

Environmental management


Climate studies

Civil engineering or civil with environmental engineering

Management studies with a focus on risk management

Environmental economics


Actuarial science

Preference will be given to candidates who are recipients of a CCRIF-UWI Scholarship or a CCRIF Scholarship.

Candidates applying must have completed their first degree by the beginning date of the internship.


The internship will be for two months, with the understanding that the internship can be extended at no cost to CCRIF SPC by mutual agreement between the host organization and intern. This agreement, if put into force, will need to be communicated to CCRIF. The internship programme will be on a full-time basis. Interns will be expected to work five full days a week in the organization that has been selected for them, under the supervision of an experienced staff member. Accepted interns will be provided with a monthly stipend by CCRIF to cover living expenses.

The timeframe for the internship will depend on the requirements of the host organization and normally will be between July and November.

Applicants who are placed outside their home country will need to provide proof of health/medical insurance before arrangements can be made for the internship. Accepted interns placed outside their country will be provided with an allowance for accommodation.


English is the offi­cial lan­guage of CCRIF and therefore all applications must be submitted in English.

Host Organizations 2018

Interns will be placed at organizations based on the project requirements specified by the host organizations and the qualifications, experience and skills of the applicant.

Potential host organizations for 2018 include, but are not limited to:

National disaster management agencies in CCRIF member countries

National meteorological agencies in CCRIF member countries

CARICOM Secretariat

Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission

University of the West Indies (UWI)

Centre for Marine Sciences - Mona

Centre for Resource Management And Environmental Studies – Cave Hill

Climate Studies Group, Department of Physics - Mona

Department of Civil And Environmental Engineering – St. Augustine

Department of Geography and Geology - Mona

Department of Geography – St. Augustine

Disaster Risk Reduction Centre – Mona

Institute for Sustainable Development – Mona

Application process:

All candidates must submit:

A complete application form

A curriculum vitae

Letter of intent explaining reasons for applying and how this internship aligns with their career goals and how their current knowledge and skills will effectively contribute to the work of potential host organizations

One report from an academic referee at the university level attesting to the applicants’ academic ability and potential

A second report from an academic referee at the university level or a letter of recommendation from a professional referee

Copy of undergraduate degree or transcript

Copy of postgraduate degree, if applicable

Proof of citizenship (copy of passport or national identity document with valid dates)

Passport size photo

Please note that the deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

Please email: or the HRD Unit at telephone numbers 468-5229/5230, if you require any further information.

Ministry:              Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development


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