Local Government Interns, Easton Fellows Begin Work

    May 12, 2021

    With the school year wrapping up, college students are taking advantage of MORPC’s Local Government Summer Internship Program throughout Central Ohio.

    MORPC-member governments and regional organizations have the opportunity each year to host talented college students completing their studies in a variety of fields related to local government. These include city and regional planning, engineering, communications, information technology, public affairs, political science, geographic information systems, economic development, and more.

    “With a vast array of projects and tasks performed by the interns, they gain valuable work experience that gives them a competitive advantage when they are looking for a full-time job. It is important to our mission that we create a talented pipeline of students from diverse backgrounds to enter public service careers.”
    Eileen Leuby, MORPC Member Servicers Officer

    MORPC coordinates the recruitment, initial screening, and placement based on the host government’s desired needs. An orientation session for the interns takes place to review the tools and resources at their disposal. Students are also provided with a current, full-time professional to serve as a mentor throughout the program.

    In 2020, MORPC began working with the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which provides funds to support two interns that work with the Appalachian region.

    This year, MORPC announced a new partnership with the Easton Community Foundation and The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture to provide matching support for four planning student fellows this summer. These “Easton Future Vision Fellows” are focusing on actionable projects to expand and add value to the region’s trail network.

    Altogether, MORPC has participation from 27 students from Ohio University, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Central Ohio Technical College, and Morehouse College.

    The 2021 fellows and interns are:

    Easton Future Vision Fellows

    Shelby Oldroyd – MORPC
    Jeremiah Commey – City of Whitehall
    Janco Swart – Franklin County Economic Development & Planning
    Prince Kwarteng Crooklynn – City of Gahanna

    Local Government Internship Program

    Fatima Al-Jarani – Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
    Jake Buchanan – City of Chillicothe
    Marilyn Diaz – Grove City
    Alejandro Duque – Village of Somerset
    Christian Harris – City of Delaware
    Nigel Harris – MORPC
    Mackenzie Hebert – City of Hilliard
    Claire Horack – City of Hilliard
    Sarah Jonassen – Mifflin Township
    Kamran Karshidi – City of Reynoldsburg
    Mose Lattimore – City of Marysville/Union County
    Jack Lawless – Fairfield County Economic Development
    Zachary Maziar – Perry County
    William”Mac” McCloy – City of Hilliard
    Grant Molnar – City of Logan/Hocking County
    Randy Pargeon – Perry County
    Leah Pierre-Louis – Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
    Mitchell Pinsky – Bloom Township
    Joseph Sierputowski – City of Grandview Heights
    Caroline Stollar – City of Reynoldsburg
    Marlee Stollar – Morrow County
    Charles Van Leuven – Blendon Township
    Hannah Wynne – City of Circleville



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