School may be out, but for 17 college students, the work doesn't stop! The City of Palm Coast has welcomed 17 interns for the 2019 summer internship program.

Interns are working on special projects designed to meet the current needs within City departments and are learning and practicing skills within their field of study. The students are supervised by professionals who are guiding and mentoring them.

The internship program allows college students who grew up in Palm Coast and the surrounding community to get professional experience while at home during summer break. The paid internships are full-time and may qualify for college credit with the student's respective college.

"We are excited to welcome our interns this summer," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. "Our internship program gives local college students a chance to obtain hands-on experience in their career fields while also helping the City with special projects and our new initiatives in innovation and technology."

This summer's interns are: Daniel Calderon, Taylor Campo, Christopher Caschera, Sophia Clark, Samuel Colasanti, Alexandra Feldman, Anabella Giuliano, Jonathan Hale, Danevsky Joseph, Andres Lebron, Jessica Middleton, Taylor Pettine, Shawn Proctor, Erin Robinson, Jacob Roth, Brianna Valente and Rath Yoeum.

Students who attend public and private colleges and universities throughout Florida - and even one in Georgia - were among the select few chosen for internships in innovation and economic growth, parks and recreation, finance, planning, fire, information technology, GIS, administration, communications and marketing, stormwater engineering and utility engineering.

"The experience is going to be valuable, and I think it is really interesting to see how the city I grew up in is operated from a governmental perspective," said Jessica Middleton, who also interned with the City last summer. "When I was given the chance to return this year, I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand on the professional skills that I developed last summer."

Middleton, a Florida State University political science major and graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School, is working on improving workforce talent recruitment this summer as an intern in the Administrative Services and Economic Development Department.

Internships at the City have also led to full-time employment opportunities. Safety Specialist Benjamin Caoili interned in the summer of 2018 and now works at City Hall as a full-time employee.

"My time as an intern was invaluable to learning the complex nature of what my job as a full-time employee would consist of," Caoili said. "I treated the internship as if it was a real job, and I was given the ability to be creative. I immersed myself completely in the internship."

In addition to working on projects within their respective departments, interns meet with the Assistant City Manager weekly to discuss their progress, as well as share insight they have gained about the City.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Communications & Marketing Manager, at clane@palmcoastgov.com and 386-986-3708.