Name: Brittany Burkhouse
Municipality where you are Interning: Borough of Plum
Please tell us about yourself.
I currently attend the University of Pittsburgh majoring in finance and marketing. I plan on graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration.
What attracted you to the Municipal Intern Program?
What attracted me the most to the Municipal Intern Program was the real world, hands on experience. I did not know much about the program, but knew it would help increase my knowledge of local government. The Borough of Plum's program attracted me the most since some of the projects would require knowledge I’ve learned from my majors and would require me to learn something new and challenging.
What is the project you will be working on this summer and what is your interest in this project?
This summer I am working on several major and minor projects in all departments of the borough. A major project I am excited about is participating in the re-branding of the borough. One of my tasks is to gather information on other communities and present it to the borough re-branding committee. Plum wants to improve its image, come up with a logo and slogan, and begin a major marketing campaign in an effort to attract businesses and housing development.
Another project I am working on is electronic and hard copy file structure for the Department of Public Works. This department has recently undergone staffing changes and I am working on a centralized filing system to help these employees better locate important information.
I have also assisted the finance director by doing all the bank reconciliations for the borough, which includes 13 different checking accounts. He also has me doing 2016 budget preparation work.
Plum, in conjunction with the Rotary, sponsors the Plum Community Festival. The festival is a two-day event attended by approximately 5,000 residents. I have assisted in the coordination of vendors, as well as designing varies handouts.
What do you hope to learn by the end of the internship?
At the end of the summer, I hope to have a better understanding of how municipal government works. In attending staff meetings, I see how all departments come together for the good of the community. I also hope this internship makes me realize if I want to pursue a career in government.
My first day on the job …
I met everyone who I would be working with over the course of the summer then I attended a meeting with all of the department heads. We discussed the specific projects I would be assigned to for the summer. After the meeting, I went with the Assistant to the Manager and delivered “Meals on Wheels”. It is very important to the staff to give back to the community. When I came back, I reviewed the material for my first project until it was time for the Council Work Session. I attended the meeting, the agenda was reviewed and discussed and two local residents addressed the council with concerns.