The Managing Director’s Office would like to welcome an amazing cast of summer interns. Only one month in, they have already proved to be valuable members of our team. Here’s a little bit about them and their roles:
Bobby Shijialu, the Geographic Information System Intern at Philly311, is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Design and City Planning. Shijialu is interested in community development and feels that this interest has a direct connection to GIS . Bobby is most excited about the data he can use to produce maps and learn more about specific neighborhood problems.
Elisa Stroh, a PhillyRising intern, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Urban Studies. Stroh finds site visits with the PhillyRising Coordinators interesting because she is able to see how positively their work impacts neighborhoods—Elisa has especially seen this in PhillyRising’s work with Strawberry Mansion High School. Elisa hopes to learn as much as she can about the best ways to engage the community.
Erik Maxwell Jones is the Philly311 Neighborhood Liaison Program Intern. It’s his first time living in Philly and he’s excited to explore, especially with NLP. In this role, Eric will go into the field (attending meetings and community events) to hear about neighborhood concerns and spread the word about NLP training sessions. Erik has a passion for community organizing and hopes to see the number of liaisons grow significantly over the course of the summer.
Jake Paston, the Special Events Intern, is a student at the University of Delaware majoring in Management Information Systems. Patson helps plan special events ranging from street closures to concerts. He likes getting to experience how the city government plans events and holidays as well as how much coordination it takes to keep the city running.
Bruce Martin is a student at Temple University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Management Information Systems. He is the Digital Media Intern at Philly311. Skilled in film production, Bruce has already edited videos for YouTube and plans to direct and shoot several creative videos about government services.
Fred DeRitis,a Knowledge Base Intern at Philly311, is a student at Seton Hall University. He reorganizes most of the articles in the Philly311 database to make sure they adhere to a specific format. Last year, DeRitis worked for New Jersey State Department of Homeland Security and is thrilled to have another opportunity for public service.
Muhammad Usman,a Knowledge Base Intern at Philly311, is a recent graduate of Temple University. Working with Fred, Muhammad will upkeep Philly311’s article database so that it is useful and easy to navigate for 311 agents. Usman accepted this internship in hopes to gain experience working in the public sector where he hopes to work full-time in the future.
Rachel Andes, a Center of Excellence Intern, is a graduate student at West Chester University studying Industrial Organizational Psychology. Prior to this internship, Andes worked at several nonprofits in Philadelphia. She has a social work counseling background and was a psychology undergraduate major. At the Center of Excellence, Andes assists in brainstorming sessions, facilitates focus groups, and gives support and feedback for projects. Andes’ favorite thing about her internship is her coworkers and getting to sit in on meetings with Mayor Nutter.
Laura Antinucci, a PhillyRising intern, is a student studying Political Science at Shippensburg University where she also runs track and cross country. Laura likes working with PhillyRising as she coordinates with various neighborhoods for special projects such as community clean-ups.
Andy Carazo is a Digital Intern at Philly311. While currently holding other positions in video editing, Andy is excited to work with 311 on “How-to” videos and other creative, informative pieces for Philly311’s community engagement efforts. Andy is currently working on a “How to use the Philly311 Mobile App” video.
Marissa Miller, a student at Temple University studying Broadcast Journalism is the Communications Intern. In this role, Marissa interviews city employees and writes about a variety of internal and external programs. Miller also assists with social media efforts to connect citizens with City initiatives. As she aspires to be a news anchor, Marissa is excited about the chance to communicate with residents about their issues and the ways city government can help.