Four high school students and five college students will spend the better part of their summer in various departments of PSTA ranging from transportation to information technology (IT).
Jordan Leitheiser, a senior at the University of South Florida, said she was ecstatic when she found out about PSTA’s social media internship through CareerSource Hillsborough.
“There’s so much to learn from an agency the size of PSTA,” said Leitheiser. “I knew it would be a unique opportunity to see how a big government agency uses social media to connect with the community it serves.”
This is not the first year PSTA has had interns. But providing a valuable development experience for nine at one time is something new.
“It’s a win-win-win for the students, the agency, and the community,” said PSTA Director of Human Resources Larry Longenecker. “What makes an internship at PSTA different from any other is the exposure to the public. Our interns come to board meetings, work in customer service, and they get to see what a day in the life of a public servant really looks like.”
Each of the nine interns were placed in departments specific to their goals, interests, and school requirements.
Sean Volmuth, a student from the Pinellas County Schools Executive Internship Program, has always had a passion for IT. Now he is learning how technology is used by a transit agency and how IT supports agency technology such as GPS vehicle location systems, video surveillance systems, Wi-Fi on buses, call center phone systems, server environment, and networking equipment.
“My career in transportation started with an internship more than 20 years ago, and I will always be thankful to the managers who introduced me to this great field where you can help so many people with their transportation needs,” said PSTA Chief Executive Officer Brad Miller. “It feels great to now pay it forward and work with these young people.”
This is the fourth year PSTA has offered internships through a partnership with The Boley Center and the City of St. Petersburg. PSTA has previously partnered with the Pinellas County School District, and this is the first time PSTA has shared resources with interns from CareerSource Hillsborough.