2017 MIP Interns

Aishwarya Kumar, University of Pittsburgh

Quaker Valley COG

Strengthen the “Blight Fight” for communities by responding to changes in the funding landscape. Research and build on the knowledge of community revitalization strategies, planning, priority setting, databases and GIS, and sustainable development.

Andrea Lisky, University of Pittsburgh

Homestead Borough

Update the 2001 Comprehensive Plan, which comprises three adjacent municipalities in the Steel Valley. Assist in developing the framework for a Main Street Program and National Main Street Accreditation as part of the municipality’s economic development strategy.

Christina Phlegar, Geneva College

Ambridge Borough

Determine regional and national resources that reach potential investors with interest in historic district communities and traditional downtown cores; develop comprehensive contact spreadsheet for resources.

Emily Pence, University of Pittsburgh

Wilkinsburg Borough

Coordinate with community partners and Borough staff while developing, planning and launching a weekly, ongoing, Senior Citizen program and a 6-week summer recreation program that will occur once a week.

Joseph Volpe, Point Park University

Elizabeth Township

Assist the Code Enforcement Officer with various duties related to codes and ordinances, including complaint and violation inspections. Assist with Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission functions.

Mamadou Ndiaye, University of Pittsburgh

Braddock Borough

Braddock Borough is in need of a plan for capital improvement and development as well as getting funds to do improvement in the buildings and around the borough. The ultimate goal is to have a comprehensive funding plan for these capital improvements and present it to Borough Council.

Molly Sarver, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

East McKeesport Borough

Consolidate and modernize the record keeping of the Borough, and assist with the organization of historical files within the Borough. Create a filing system of records that can be used by the manager and council. Capture and create an action plan for the business district corridor.

Nicholas Schnelle, Butler County Community College

Municipal Authority of Buffalo Township

Improve customer reliability by designing and implementing a user-friendly and informative website, as well as linking the emergency notification system and possibly online bill pay to this website.

Stephen Berry, University of Pittsburgh

Brentwood Borough

Draft a Ten Year Capital Improvement Plan to improve the efficiency in the allocation of scarce resources toward capital projects while still retaining operational capacity. The project will lead to the formulation of a plan that will be annually reviewed as an integral part of the budgeting process.

Alexander Austin, University of Pittsburgh

Edgeworth Borough

Create an all-encompassing local government experience with an overarching goal of ushering in an era of digitization by creating a searchable database for all Borough street trees.

Anthony Cosgrove, University of Pittsburgh

Jackson Township

Assist in developing a Ten Year Capital Improvements Plan. Develop plans for road improvements, recreation improvements and equipment purchases. Prioritize and plan for submission of grant applications.

Emily Shawgo, Carnegie Mellon University

Moon Township

Research what should be contained within an employee personnel file, go through the active and inactive employee personnel files and organize them, then utilize the Township’s new HR module software upgrade and enter all available employee information.

Courtney McMillion, University of Pittsburgh

Penn Hills Municipality

Update existing ArcGIS mapping of the municipal storm sewers in order to maintain compliance of PA DEP and EPA mandates. The mapping will be done using tablets in the field while collecting data with GPS coordinates and adding it to an online mapping system.

Kelsey Collins, Mercyhurst College

Chartiers Township

Create a logical system to manage the files generated as a result of the subdivision land development process. Help create a system that will make filing not only uniform but also easily accessible.

Matthew Jannetti, Carnegie Mellon University

Baldwin Borough

Analyze effectiveness of current regulations in order to improve the rate of compliance. Evaluate the sanitary sewer consent order, residential and commercial safety regulations, and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Program.

Nicholas Romano, Thiel College

Greenville Borough

Compile as much information as possible and enter it into the GIS system. This data will help provide recommendations for policy considerations that can be implemented in an effort to create a more effective government.

Raymond Cunningham, University of Pittsburgh

Churchill Borough

Conduct a survey to determine the wants/needs of the population of just over 3,000. After an assessment, design and implement a database to include email addresses and other pertinent information for forms of communication.

Zhehan Zhu, University of Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh

Review and analyze data fields in the new Human Resources Information System and update the HRIS fields for each employee record according to the findings of their analysis.


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