City of Saco Interns
An internship is an educational work experience that allows students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. Interns work on temporary job assignments to gain on-the-job training and experience while still in school. Many students have interned with the City of Saco working for various departments throughout the city, including: City Administration, Economic Development, Planning, Information Technology, Public Works, Water Resource Recovery, and more. Internships provide an opportunity for students to explore potential careers, obtain academic credit, and develop a professional network of contacts.
For information about current internship opportunities, please contact HR@sacomaine.org
During the summer of 2016, five students interned with the City of Saco. Provided below is a list and summary of the projects those five interns were involved with.
Annual Report: Two interns produced the City of Saco’s 2015 Annual Report. This project required direct and frequent communication with every department head, extensive research and analysis, and the creation of an entirely new format for the presentation of information. The 2015 Annual Report will serve as a template for future annual reports.
Creation of a Policy Database: This project involved a review of the City Charter and City Code to identify the policies that are incorporated into those two documents. The intent of this project was to lay the foundation for an administrative Policy Manual to be inclusive of all city policies, and to organize them according to the hierarchy of their legislative or administrative reference. This database will provide a central location and uniform formatting of all city policies across departments.
Development of a Policy on Policies: The purpose of this project was to create a process for reviewing and amending existing policies, as well as formulating new ones. The intern laid the groundwork for this policy on policies so the human resources staff could complete and implement the aforementioned document.
Execution of Council Packets: The City of Saco provides summaries and all supporting documents for items that go before the City Council. The interns were tasked with compiling, preparing and distributing Council packets, as well as providing administrative duties for the City Administration Office during the Executive Assistants absence.
Assisted with Web Page Development: The City of Saco launched a new website. The interns assisted departments with the transfer of materials from the old site to the new website.
Camp Ellis Erosion Report: One intern researched and wrote an informational report summarizing the threat of erosion in Camp Ellis and its effects on the surrounding area and the City of Saco’s economy and tax base.
Created New Zoning Ordinances and Codes: The Medical Marijuana Caregivers Zoning Ordinance (adopted by the City Council in September 2016) was drafted by an intern, city staff, attorneys, caregivers, and developers who worked together to create the ordinance. Another intern researched and developed the ban on polystyrene foam used for food and beverage packaging (adopted by the City Council in September 2016).
Substance Abuse Prevention Grant Application: One of the interns provided assistance for a successful grant application to the state department of Public Safety for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Age Friendly Saco Initiative: One of the interns worked closely with community volunteers to identify the needs and develop a program for the aging population in Saco. This included a kick-off event which attracted nearly 100 residents of Saco.
Downtown Business Inventory: Several interns worked together to conduct an inventory of the businesses in the downtown, including vacant business spaces and parking needs. Using this data a Downtown Business Inventory Map was created.
Map of Recreation Activities: The interns inventoried all of the recreational activities available in the Saco area and compiled these into a comprehensive online map.
Scanning of Documents: All of the interns worked to scan the large number of paper materials in an effort to make City Hall become paperless. Once the items were scanned, they ran text recognition in adobe and moved these documents into SharePoint.
Comprehensive Plan Review: One of the interns reviewed our 2011 Comprehensive Plan with our Planning Department and helped to identify areas that needed improvement. This helped launch our current Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.
Tax Increment Financing: Our interns assisted with the development of a worksheet identifying current TIF usage.