Name: Max Cercone
Municipality Where You Are Interning: North Versailles Township
Please Tell Us About Yourself.
I am currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where I am studying to receive an MPA with a focus in policy analysis and research. I earned my Bachelor's in Arts from the University of Pittsburgh - Bradford where I majored in history/political science. My interests include local economic development as well as energy and environmental policy.
What attracted you to the Municipal Intern Program?:
I wanted to gain real experience in the realm of local government. Local government may not be the most glamorous of arenas, but these governments serve as the primary point of contact between residents and the public sector. The MIP program also interested me because each municipality had a set project that they needed assistance with that would be completed by the end of the internship.
What is the project you will be working on this summer and what is your interest in the project?
I am currently in the process of developing an economic development plan, as well as creating a database of vacant/abandoned property for North Versailles. The challenging nature of developing an economic development plan for an entire community is what drew me to this project. I wanted to be able to apply some of the skills learned at GSPIA, as well as develop new tools in a real work environment.
What do you hope to learn by the end of this internship?
I want to be able to absorb as much knowledge as possible from my coworkers in North Versailles Township. I have already been lucky enough to learn from the local code inspector and township engineer. My main priority is to develop a plan that North Versailles can use to help spur economic growth in their community.
My first day on the job…
My first day was surprisingly painless. I had already been introduced to everyone in the municipal building a few weeks prior, so on Day 1 I was able to get right to business. I was given a tour of the township and then got to work.