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Chairperson Grant Announces Summer 2012 Internship Program


             Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) is seeking six students age 16 and older to serve as unpaid interns for the Summer 2012 semester.

             Interns will assist the elected legislators and their support staff during the regular session of the Erie County Legislature for college credit or for experience, and will be expected to commit to 15 hours of service a week. Interviews will be scheduled with prospective intern candidates to determine the selected interns; women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

The desired intern qualifications are:

  • A strong desire to learn about public policy and the legislative process;
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Mature judgment;
  • Knowledge of photographic, video and other forms of communications and integrating them with social media platforms;
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced environment.

            Duties may include assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the Legislative offices; answering inquiries by phone and through written communications; preparing letters, memos, certificates, resolutions, proclamations or reports; assisting with research assignments and special projects; developing and executing communications programs with individual legislators and the Democratic Caucus; analyzing policy; attending meetings or community events; filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.

             Students meet weekly with legislators, department heads, and various committee members to deepen their understanding of all components of local government. Students interact with County officials as they learn about the function of county government, the procedures for introducing new legislation, and the roles of the various departments in each branch. Interns will be supervised by a legislative staff person and will be assigned to either subject-oriented committees or to the offices of the Democratic staff.

            For more information, please contact intern program coordinator Shiana Denise Eve at 858-8853 or eves@erie.gov.