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Millenials gain career experience over summer
Township internships and seasonal positions have provided valuable opportunities for budding young professionals to gain career experience in the public sector this year. Meet three Millenials who spent part of their summer getting to know how township government works.
RACHEL DEWITT - POLICE
Rachel DeWitt spent 10 weeks with the West Chester Police Department. The 2013 Lakota East graduate recently earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University.
Rachel is excited about the potential to follow in the footsteps of her father, Lt. Jon DeWitt, and become a police officer someday soon. Lt. DeWitt served the community of West Chester for more than 20 years before his battle with cancer ended in 2013 at the age of 46.
“I really want to make a difference in the lives of other people,” Rachel said of her motivation to protect and serve. Ultimately she hopes she’ll have a chance to land her dream job working with WCPD on a full-time basis, but says in the immediate future she plans to further her training and obtain her certification by enrolling in the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
“I loved every minute of my internship with the West Chester Police Department,” Rachel said. Her temporary beat included street patrol and working with detectives and officers in the Criminal Investigation Section and Public Affairs Unit. Rachel’s favorite experience was meeting and speaking with community members on police ride-alongs.
NATHAN BUBASH - PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Nathan Bubash split time in the Township Administrator’s office and with the Community Development Department. Nathan is a 2014 graduate of Lakota West and a senior at Miami University, where he is studying Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning.
“I worked on some projects for [former Administrator] Mrs. Judi Boyko, gathering various data about West Chester in comparison to other cities and towns as a way to be able to decide what kinds of projects the Township needs to pursue in order to maintain the status of being one of the Best Places to Live,” Nathan said. He also created Geographic Information System (GIS) maps of the community.
Nathan pursued an internship at West Chester with encouragement from his academic advisor after a career exploration trip to the nation’s capital. Over winter, Nathan met with Washington, D.C. officials and Miami alumni working in both the private and public sectors. He found that he prefers working on the local, rather than state or federal levels of government.
“One of the most important [internship] takeaways was seeing how local government worked and how passion for the work that all the employees had was the key to providing the best service to the public,” Nathan said.
MONICA HINES - EVENTS & FACILITIES
Monica Hines accepted a paid seasonal position in April to help plan events and coordinate facility rentals during the busy summer months. Monica earned her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies this May from Miami University and is a 2014 graduate of Fairfield High School.
“I’ve known I wanted to be an event planner since I was in high school,” Monica said. She got her feet wet as a student by organizing fundraising events for Shabooms, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to awarding memorial scholarships; and volunteering to work with her brother’s high school marching band.
Before joining the Integrated Multimedia & Marketing team, Monica worked part time at Main Event Entertainment in West Chester. She pursued the temporary event planning position as a way to network and build her resume.
“This position helped me focus on which aspect of event planning I want to pursue. I was initially leaning toward starting my own business for events like weddings and birthdays, but after this experience I found that I really enjoy working with businesses and for the people of the community,” Monica said.
In addition to helping plan and staff community concerts and other special events, Monica also primarily managed bookings at the Muhlhauser Barn. Over the last five years, the popular rental facility located within Beckett Park averaged 105 rentals per season (from April 1 through November 15).
West Chester Board of Trustees approved hiring a complement of 16 paid seasonal employees in 2017, including 15 seasonal laborers and one Events and Facilities employee.