Name: Martin Hoak
Municipality where you are interning: Donora Borough
Please tell us about yourself.
I am a business major and marketing minor attending California University of Pennsylvania.
What attracted you to the Municipal Intern Program?
I am an active member of my community. When I heard of this opportunity for an internship in my hometown of Donora, I was very intrigued. After further researching this internship I noticed that a student who has or is currently earning a business degree was one of the criteria for this position.
What is the project you will be working on this summer and what is your interest in this project?
This summer I will have a few projects to work on here in Donora. First, I plan to completely re-vamp the borough’s webpage. Many critical pieces of information will be added to http://www.donoraboro.org under my watch. For example, just a few things which I will be adding are: borough ordinances, business listings, property listings, park information, upcoming events, and council minutes. Another top priority for the webpage is to make sure it climbs in the ranks on the search engines. It is important that I promote our website if I want people to be aware of our page.
Also I will be working on our MS4 permit. It is required by the DEP to map where all manholes and sewer inlets are in Donora. My goal for the MS4 is to increase public awareness of how we must care for the storm water discharge.
What do you hope to learn by the end of the internship?
By the end of this internship I hope to learn how to function in a professional workplace setting. It is important to be effective and professional.
My first day on the job…
My first day on the job I was greeted by Mayor Donald Pavelko, Borough Administrator Dennis Fisher, Code Enforcer Ed Brletich, and Bookkeeper Marsha Lawson. Being raised in Donora, these were all friendly, familiar faces even though I didn’t know Marsha or Ed very well. After Marsha showed me to my desk Dennis gave me my first assignment. He asked if I would begin to look over our web page and see what could be added to make it better.