The following is a press release from the Town of Natick.
NATICK – The Town of Natick announced the Susan G. Salamoff internship program.
The program is named in honor of retired Natick Select Board Member Susan Salamoff, whose volunteer capacities span of 50-plus years.
The program seeks to build on Salamoff’s legacy of public service by inspiring and developing tomorrow’s local government leaders.
The position is based in the Select Board/Town Administrator’s Office in Natick Town Hall.
Interns will report to Town Administrator or designee and will be assigned projects outlined in the position description. The intern will gain career-focused, professional development experience through a meaningful and enriching public service-centered program.
It is anticipated that the intern will engage in a wide variety of activities intended to benefit the Town of Natick and advance the policies/initiatives of the Select Board and Town Administration. It is also anticipated that the intern will have regular and direct interactions with Select Board members, who will serve in mentor/resource roles.
INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):
- Research and writing projects, constituent services, and other traditional public service intern responsibilities, as well as special projects as may come up from time to time.
- Performing public outreach, assisting in public night meetings.
- Planning attending, and executing events.
- Working with various internal and external offices and stakeholders on special projects.
BENEFITS TO INTERNS
- Gain valuable exposure to the workings of local government through first-hand interaction with Select Board members, town officials, leadership staff, and community volunteers – interactions which will serve to create and/or build upon the intern’s professional network.
- Practical, significant experience in local government.
- Hone and/or find their passion for public service.
- Experience in interpersonal communication and group dynamics.
- Meeting new contacts for possible future employment opportunities.
- Experience gained from bridging the gap between the academic and professional worlds.
- Currently enrolled at an accredited educational institution in an undergraduate program (minimum third or fourth year students), graduate program, or a recent graduate from a higher education institution (within the past 6 months) in field related to or supportive of a future career in government (i.e. liberal arts, public finance, law, public health, public policy, public administration, public safety, political science, planning and/or social services/ sciences).
- Demonstrated commitment to developing professional and interpersonal skills.
- Must be detail-oriented with keen analytical, organizational, and writing skills. Projects will require independent work and self-direction.
- A high standard of ethics, integrity, and courage.
- Aptitude and ability to learn.
- Positive attitude.
- Age 18 or older.
- Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
- Proficient in working with Google Docs, Word and PowerPoint.
- Able to work independently on research topics and reliably meet timeline requirements.
- Self-starter with critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Candidates must have excellent communications skills both oral and written.
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail will be required. This position will be highly visible and require the intern to represent the Town in a professional manner.
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment.
The Town will review letters of interested from candidates on rolling basis during the following internship timeframe:
Summer Internship: June/July/August –Submission deadline April 15.
Fall Internship: September/October/November-Submission deadline July 15.
Spring Internship: January/February/March-Submission deadline October 15.
Interns will be compensated at an hourly rate of $20.00 for graduate students and $18.00 for undergraduate students. Selected interns must commit to working a minimum of 15 hours per week throughout the duration of the internship. Occasional night meetings are required.
Interested candidates must submit a one (1) page essay explaining why the individual is interested in pursuing the internship and their knowledge of Natick; a copy of their most recent resume; three references (one of which must be active within the school of higher education at which they are currently enrolled or recently graduated); and an academic transcript or outline of relevant course work related to the field of government. This information shall be submitted in one single pdf document to firstname.lastname@example.org labeled as “LastName_FirstName_Salamoff2023”.
Candidate materials will be reviewed by the Select Board Chair, Town Administrator, and Human Resources Director.
The Human Resources office will contact qualified applicant(s) selected to start the hiring/interview process.