Students Serve Local Governments over Summer Break

Aug. 22, 2017

After 16 weeks of public service this summer, students celebrated the conclusion of their internships at MORPC.

This year, MORPC’s Local Government Internship Program provided 20 college students the opportunity to obtain a professional experience, by working at a local government entity over the summer. Interns attended and participated in commission meetings, program work groups, and special MORPC sponsored events such as the social media workshop.

The Local Government Internship Program, which was established in 2015, originally sought seniors in the city and regional planning program. Now, the program has expanded into a variety of fields such as civil engineering, human resources, and marketing. Eileen Leuby, MORPC’s membership coordinator, leads the program.

“The internships provide a variety of opportunities for students to work in areas that match their academic and personal interests,” Leuby said. “Students can refine teamwork skills, practice working independently and gain valuable feedback from supervisors.”

The internship program is designed for students who are considering a career in public service. Each intern is assigned a MORPC staff member who serves as their mentor throughout their internship.

“The constant flow of encouragement and creative freedom, not only from my mentor but the entire organization, allowed me to make a project my own,” said Ashley Leddy, an intern serving in MORPC’s planning and environment department. “Between the projects and the people you interact with, you learn so much.”

MORPC recruited from the following area Colleges and Universities:

  • Columbus State Community College
  • Columbus College of Art and Design-Graphic Arts
  • Franklin University
  • The Ohio State University College of Engineering-Civil Engineering
  • The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture-City and Regional Planning

Leddy is continuing her service at MORPC this fall.