FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: County Executive Odell to Welcome P.I.L.O.T. Interns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

June 5, 2013

County Executive Odell to Welcome P.I.L.O.T. Interns

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will welcome approximately 30 interns who will work in various Putnam government departments during the summer as part of the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) program. The interns, students in high school and college, will gather at the Training & Operations Center on the Donald B. Smith Campus on Old Route 6 in Carmel at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

The PILOT program is available to Putnam County residents only. County employee family members were not eligible for the internships. 

“This program was designed to assist the taxpayers, the families with students who need some assistance in employment and career opportunities,” said Odell.  

Odell first introduced the idea of PILOT during her March 2013 State of the County address. She hopes by providing both paid and unpaid internships for these young people, they may be encouraged to return to their hometowns and become a vital part of the County employee roster.

“We look to our high school and college students as the future in Putnam County,” Odell said. “These temporary jobs give these students the opportunity to see how their County government works. Who knows? It may also lead to full time positions for our soon-to-be young professionals.”

Whether or not any of these young men and women applies for a County job at a later date, they will still have the opportunity during their eight weeks to test their talents in their assigned temporary jobs and earn impressive work credentials to present on future resumes.

The two-month internship will also allow the County to pre-screen for the best candidates for future positions within the government sector.

“PILOT provides a temporary and cost effective boost to the workforce within County government while building a possible succession plan,” said Odell.