A young Palauan is currently in the Netherlands after being chosen for an internship program by Pacifical, a tuna marketing company based in the Netherlands.

Olkeriil Eoghan Ngirudelsang, 19, told Island Times via e-mail that through the three-month internship, he will work closely with the team from Pacifical in collecting quantitative and qualitative data from store checks, internal and external market research, performing market analysis and research on the European and global market data for MSC certified Tuna and working with the Pacifical team on communication strategies for selected target markets.

“This internship has even taken me to Belgium and France and it has enlarged my knowledge and broadened my experience on a lot of things…including giving formal presentations to tuna retailers, learn about tuna sustainability, and working with a diverse international team,” Ngirudelsang shared.

“The internship has also given me a platform to enhance my writing skills through writing of blogs as well as an article that I’m currently working on to be published in the December edition of Atuna magazine, the largest magazine covering the tuna industry. It is fully paid for (accommodations and all) and pocket money provided. They take one internship at a time from the PNA countries, I am the first from Palau,” Ngirudelsang said.

According to Ngirudelsang, he learned about the internship from his friend, hence prompting him to apply for it.  After being accepted for the program, Ngirudelsang travelled to Netherlands and arrived there on August 5. He is set to return to Palau by the end of October after completing the internship.

Pacifical is a tuna marketing company jointly set up by the PNA which is composed of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu for the main purpose of promoting the PNA countries and also sustainable tuna fishing practices. The company is based in the Netherlands and is a 50/50 joint venture between the PNA and the Dutch Company Sustunable.

The company is also certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an independent Non-Profit Organization that recognize sustainable fishing practices.

Ngirudelsang shared about the opportunity as he wanted more people to know about the internship opportunity in the Netherlands that is available for the people of the PNA.

For more updates of Ngirudelsang’s works at the Pacifical, check out the blog https://pacificalinsider.wordpress.com/. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)