Woonsocket Call

Town of Cumberland introducin­g first ‘Mayoral Internship Program’

- By JOSEPH FITZGERALD jfitzgeral­d@woonsocket­call.com Follow Joseph Fitzgerald on Twitter @jofitz7

f t d a CUMBERLAND — Mayor Jeffrey Mutter Friday announced the creation of a first of its kind formal internship program for high school juniors and seniors in Cumberland.

The Mayoral Internship Program is a competitiv­e opportunit­y designed to tprovide students who have a passion for community engagement with the chance to gain meaningful work experience while making tangible contributi­ons to the town.

The program will consist of two pathways for students, the first includes placement in the mayor’s office, and the second provides students with an interdest in engineerin­g with the opportunit­y to be placed in the town Water Department.

“In order to make Cumberland a bet- ter place to live, work, and play we need to make sure there is a seat at the table for everyone and that each voice carries equal weight, including those of our students,” Mutter said “Too often local government has proven inaccessib­le to young people and we want to do our part to change that.”

All Cumberland students who will have completed their sophomore year by the summer of 2019 are eligible to apply. The program partners with the Cumberland School Department to allow students to use their hours for course credit. All applicants must be willing to commit 10 hours per week for the duration of the program.

Student interns will work closely with executive staff across town department­s on an array of topics. For example, interns in the mayor’s office will work on projects including constituen­t services, social media tracking, community out- reach, and research. Students working in the Water Department will have the opportunit­y to work on mapping and shadow town employees as they complete field work, such as servicing water breaks.

Applicatio­ns for internship­s will open on March 25 and close on May 1. The applicatio­n materials will be posted to the town website and social media pages. Physical copies will be distribute­d during informatio­nal sessions hosted over the course of the applicatio­n period.

Any questions regarding the internship or applicatio­n process can be directed to Sarah King, administra­tive assistant to the mayor, who is coordinati­ng the program. She can be reached at 401-728-2400, ext. 132 or sking@cumberland­ri.org.

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