Students from the Muskie School’s Policy, Planning & Management graduate degree program taking Dr. Carolyn Ball’s PPM 534 Managing Cities Towns and Counties course were stars this summer! Four students took the combined option of a paid internship along with taking the on-line class. This culminated with students attending the Maine Town City County Management Conference.
The interships led to short term assignments for students after the internship and one student was offered a full time job.
Katie Ramirez worked on a portion of the town of Bath comprehensive plan and created an on-line survey to guage interest and concerns in a 4 day workweek.
Alexandros Giannos interned in Freeport and created a database on harbor ordinances surveying other communities giving him an opportunity to not only learn about how one town worked but the role of town clerks and harbor masters in other communities.
Skye Siladi worked in the South Portland’s Sustainability office. Recognizing that communities often receive little input from low-income residents or those that speak another language and a concern for social equity, she created a survey and a means to obtain their input into the comprehensive plan.
Demetria Pellegrino interned with the city of Westbrook where she examined business licensing and associated ordinances to streamline the process and eliminate unnecessary regulation. This quickly became a full time job as the Deputy Director of Economic Development.
Congratulations to all our students!