City Hall staff got a helping hand this summer from the 28 high school students in Mayor Dolan’s summer intern program, who worked in a number of different City departments under the direction of the Mayor’s Office and intern coordinator Keith Lovett. Lovett is a former intern who graduated from Melrose High School in May.
In the program, which ends on August 20, the interns volunteer to spend eight hours a week doing a variety of different types of community service, including cleaning and documenting the City’s veterans’ memorials; helping City staff with filing, mailing, and other office tasks; and helping school personnel make preparations for the upcoming year. They also compiled information for new residents and put together an informational pamphlet about the City’s sustainability initiatives.
“This program serves two purposes,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “The interns are a big help as we wind up one fiscal year and move into another. We have a lot of organizing this time of year, as we put files into storage and close the books on Fiscal 2015, and a lot of preparation for the year ahead. The interns are instrumental in this, and we try very hard to find work for them that matches their interests.
“The other side of it is that the interns gain workplace skills that hopefully will put them ahead of other candidates when they go job-hunting. They learn the importance of arriving on time, communicating with their supervisor, and appropriate behavior and dress for a work environment. For many of our interns, this is their first work experience, and we hope it will get them off to a good start.”
“It’s a good way to get community service hours out of the way, but it also really gives you great insight on how the city runs,” said intern Allan St. Claire.
“I learned a lot about how to interact in a workplace, and a lot about filing and organizing,” said Tommy Callanan.
This is the 14th year for the internship program, which began in 2002. Hundreds of Melrose students have participated in the program during that time. For further information, e-mail Brigid Alverson at email@example.com.