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2015 MIP Participants

The following students completed the 2015 Municipal Intern Program. See the interns’ video at the bottom of this page!

Rachel Boss Munhall (copyRachel Boss | University of Pittsburgh | Munhall

Rachel created a 2016 – 2020 capital improvements plan and an annual plan updating process. She identified infrastructure projects and possible funding streams for these projects.


BrackinsErnest Brackins | California University of Pennsylvania | Charleroi

Ernest served as the borough’s Special Programs Coordinator, overseeing a variety of projects including Sustainable Marketplace for Artists, Artisans and Trending, or SMAART Business District; riverfront initiatives, an historical preservation grant; and a zoning update.



Brittany Burkhouse Plum copyBrittany Burkhouse | University of Pittsburgh | Plum

Brittany launched a computer employee benefits system and assisted with the borough’s 2016 operating budget. She helped to develop an IT disaster plan and updated land development requirements.



Casturo copyRobert Casturo | Pennsylvania State University School of Law | Glassport Police Department

Robert updated and revised department’s procedures and policies manual. He helped identify current policy risks, and also developed and implemented training schedule for new procedures.



Max CerconeMax Cercone | University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA | North Versailles Township

Max cataloged vacant and for-sale properties. He researched the township’s current business district for the growth and retention of businesses and created a development plan for both economic and social growth.



Conners copyPatrick Conners | University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA | North Fayette Township

Patrick reviewed and updated zoning ordinances to be consistent with the township’s comprehensive-land-use plan. He also created an one-stop-shop webpage for developers and an online development manual.



IMG_20150807_120017503-01Daniel Dickerman | Chatham University | Cranberry Township

Daniel researched and developed a Sustainable Fellowship program, plus identified partners and financial benefits for the program. He also researched water efficiency, recycling and light pollution.




Ruiying Fang Pittsburgh (4)Ruiying Fang | Carnegie Mellon University | City of Pittsburgh

Ruiying developed a database of city facilities for Open Data, developed a facilities capital and maintenance plan. He prioritized building improvements and worked with community stakeholders.




Holly Gerber Brentwood copy 2Holly Gerber |  University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA | Brentwood

Holly reviewed the borough’s polices and procedures. She interviewed borough staff and as well as those in nearby communities, while researching best practices and developed operating procedures manual from the information she gathered.



Michael GriffithMike Griffith |  Indiana University of Pennsylvania | Jackson Township

Mike researched the township’s comprehensive plan and acted as liaison to neighborhood groups, planning commission and Jackson CDC. He worked on the development of GIS system and the creation of long-range capital improvement plan.


Martin HoakMartin Hoak | California University of Pennsylvania | Donora

Marti digitally scanned borough ordinances and organized digitization of borough  documents. He also worked on grant writing and marketing for a new land bank.



Kevin Kisow Potter (11)Kevin Kisow | Indiana University of Pittsburgh | Potter Township

Kevin researched and developed a Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design Plan for the township’s industrial growth, including mapping and developing new and future walking trails.



Zihaou Liu Monaca copyZihao Liu | Carnegie Mellon University |  Monaca

Zihao cataloged, photographed and GIS mapped the borough’s infrastructure and assets. He developed sustainable policies and worked in each borough department.



Qianyu Mo Headshot copyQianyu Mo | University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA | Churchill

Qianyu reviewed Churchill’s zoning ordinances and made recommendations for the borough’s comprehensive plan with Wilkinsburg. She also had the opportunity to work in all of the borough’s departments.




Redmond copyBrooke Redmond | John Carroll University | Greenville

Brooke evaluated delinquent parcels and created policies for tax sales, prioritized real estate to be eliminated from delinquent tax roles and learned about real estate tax collections and community development.




Darrian Rice New Castle copy (3)Darrian Rice | Indiana University of Pennsylvania | New Castle

Darrian worked on city-wide income survey and developed future community improvement projects. He learned about public and federal funding and aided in mapping of blighted properties.



Rachel Susko | University of Pittsburgh | Castle Shannon

Rachel joined the borough’s state Department of Community and Economic Development Main Street/Elm Street and façade improvement programs, She worked on creation of urban walking trail, and researched and created physical/digital property files using assessments and photographs.




Yongzhe Zong Turtle Creek (4)Yongzhe Zong | University of Pittsburgh | Turtle Creek Valley COG

Yongzhe implemented a GIS system for the COG’s joint code enforcement program and created a users manual. He also worked on Tri-COG Collaborative Housing Market Analysis for development of a land bank.


Here is the 2015 MIP participants’ end-of-summer video.