Banco Popular Offers Exclusive Internship for Two VI Culinary Students



Viernes, Agosto 8, 2014 12:29 pm EDT



As part of its ongoing commitment to the Virgin Islands community, Banco Popular announced a one-of-a-kind culinary internship experience to two students. The internship is a result of the bank’s annual effort Ultimate Flavors of the Islands, a culinary event that takes place in St. Thomas and brings together world-renowned chefs.


This year, the financial institution decided to expand the event and offer an internship that will offer two Virgin Islands students the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico for two weeks to take classes at the Jose A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts (ISHCA) of Universidad del Este located in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The selected students will also partake in a hands-on experience working at the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino under the supervision of Chef Efrain Cruz.


“Each year, Ultimate Flavors of the Islands brings together chefs from all over the world to showcase extraordinary skills and delicious cuisine to the Virgin Islands community. This year, we are taking it a step further by offering a two-week internship in Puerto Rico to two students from the community. It is a chance for them to really submerge themselves into the culinary profession and put their passion to work. We hope this opportunity provides them with an unforgettable experience that can help them on their journey to becoming a great chef”, stated Oran C. Bowry, Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Banco Popular’s Virgin Islands Region.


In order to participate, students must submit their resume to by August 15, 2014. Selected students will be interviewed during the last week of August. In order to qualify for the internship, students must meet the following criteria:


  • Be currently enrolled in a culinary program 
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Flexibility to work in multiple locations in the kitchen
  • Able to work weekend and extended hours
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper food handling
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic temperatures and food safety
  • Demonstrate passion for the culinary arts and desire to learn
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude
  • Proficient with basic tools, measurements and kitchen equipment
  • Strong guest service orientation
  • Prior work experience
  • Must be 18 years or older and USVI resident
  • Timely daily work and course attendance required
  • Availability from September 21 to October 4, 2014 


For more information, please contact Mariali Hernández at (787) 765-9800 x. 505840 or  

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Gabriela Maldonado
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