Engineering program interns earn
full-time employment here at NFE

Our Foundation

Growing Jamaica’s labor force

One of our greatest passions is building and growing STEM programs in local communities where we operate.

In Jamaica, we have created the tertiary engineering internship for engineering students completing their first degree at The University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH), and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). For six weeks, interns can create meaningful connections and gain first-hand experience in the world of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and cryogenics while bringing their youthful drive and fresh ideas to our business.

NFE interns

Thanks to their hard work and accomplishments during their internships, five of our scholarship recipients – Adam Bogle, O’Brian Simpson, David Smith, Terrain Turner, and Jada-Rochelle Walke – have recently been accepted into full-time positions at New Fortress Energy.

“NFE is delighted to play our role in building a robust knowledge-based economy by providing these brilliant, up-and-coming engineers with meaningful internships that can create direct employment for them,” said Verona Carter, Vice President of Public Affairs at New Fortress Energy. “Now that they’ve completed their studies and are working full-time, they can play their part in nation-building. STEM is the future, and we’re pleased to be part of the growth and development of this all-important sector in Jamaica.”

The students had been well-prepared during their college experiences, and their internships helped them continue their professional education through more direct, hands-on opportunities.

“I am always motivated to work hard and learn more,” said David Smith, a mechanical engineering major at UTECH who completed his internship at the Montego Bay LNG terminal. “It’s just an amazing environment for young people to learn and grow.”

They found their NFE experiences invaluable in understanding and finding their place in the industry.

NFE employee

“My internship provided a solid foundation, instilling confidence and building on the competences needed,” said Jada-Rochelle Walker, who studied mechatronics engineering at CMU and interned first with NFE’s small-scale team then at the Old Harbour Marine Terminal. “I'm now able to build on these experiences and apply myself even better, and to take on more responsibilities and contribute to the team and the company's success.”

“My performance and hard work paid off,” agreed Terrain Turner, who studied electrical power engineering at UWI and completed his internship at our combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Clarendon. “Now I can contribute in a tangible way and learn from a team of highly skilled, educated, and well-rounded individuals.”

The chance to make a difference for their neighbors has proved inspiring.

“As an operations technician, I feel a sense of responsibility knowing that I am now part of a critical infrastructure that powers and empowers communities and industries,” said Adam Bogle who studied industrial engineering at CMU and completed his NFE internship at the Old Harbour Marine Terminal.

O’Brian Simpson, an industrial engineering major from CMU who interned at the Clarendon CHP plant, appreciates that his efforts have helped him reach his first career goal.

“I’ve always wanted to work with NFE,” he said. “I did my research and made the most of my internship. I admire how the team carries out daily operations to ensure our customers are always satisfied, and how the team is interested in helping young people to learn and grow.”

This internship program supports our commitment to supporting Jamaica’s socioeconomic development. It introduces high-potential talent to the LNG sector, while also creating a pipeline for talented, full-time employees who can continue to advance our mission to light the world with positive energy.