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Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 05/17/2017

Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated supports PICRCs Summer Internship Program

 Last year, as a result of Palau’s 2016 Year of the Youth Small Grant Scheme, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) received a grant from the Government of India to support PICRCs Summer Internship Program. The program, focusing on building science and environmental capacity in Palau’s youth, was incredibly successful among the eight Palauan interns who joined PICRC. Now, to continue this program, PICRC has received a donation of $5,000 from Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated.

Blue Bay has been a supporter of many programs relating to the environment, sports, culture and the arts, and have continued to be a supporter for PICRC. Year after year , they have donated to our Arts and Tides Calendar, and fundraising events. “Blue Bay is excited to be part of this year’s PICRC Summer Internship Program and to be able to support participating students’ learning experience”, stated the Sales Station Manager for Blue Bay, Ralph Moses, “We wish them all the best and we hope to see them soon here in Palau in the future”.

The Summer Internship Program allows high school and college students the chance to gain research experience and build employable skills relating to marine research and resource management. Additionally, the program provides students the opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a variety of topics relating to conservation. Through this internship, students develop a network of long-lasting professional contacts for their future careers.

These internships are as valuable to PICRC as they are to the students. New interns bring new energy and fresh ideas to the Center and in return, we provide them with a chance to work towards a career in the field of conservation. PICRC researcher, Victor Nestor, started as an intern back in 2007 and returned as a researcher after completing his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. Now, Mr. Nestor has a Masters in Marine Science from the University of the Ryukyus (UoR) in Okinawa, Japan. “My internship at PICRC helped me narrow down my educational interests,” Mr. Nestor commented on his internship with PICRC. “I’m very grateful for this program that has lead me to two degrees and a career in marine biology”.

The Summer Internship Program would not be possible without Blue Bay’s  generous contribution and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.

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