Albany County Mentoring 65 Summer Interns

Albany County Legislature Chairman Sean Ward addresses 65 summer interns who attended orientation Wednesday in Albany.

ALBANY (June 29, 2016) – Dozens of young men and women will gain valuable experience working as paid interns for Albany County this summer.

Sixty-five high school and undergraduate students were selected for Albany County’s 2016 Summer Intern Job Training Program. They attended an orientation session Wednesday morning in the county office building at 112 State St., Albany.

Representatives from all of the county legislature’s districts forwarded the names of candidates for the positions to the office of legislature Chairman Sean Ward, which reviewed the applications and interviewed persons before awarding the internships. The successful candidates will earn $11 an hour performing duties and learning important skills in the county’s various departments from July 6 through Aug. 18.

“This is a job program that we want you to carry with you throughout your life,” Chairman Ward told the interns, all of whom are between the ages of 16 and 22.

Applications were accepted for the program this spring. Lexxus Serriano, 18, graduated from Albany High School Sunday and was chosen to intern in the county’s Law Department this summer. “She’s a real go-getter,” Serriano’s proud mother Erin said Wednesday while observing the orientation ceremony.

Frank Commisso, majority leader of the legislature, said the summer internships are a great opportunity for young adults in Albany County. The number of hours the interns work will depend on their experience and position they are assigned.

“For most, this is their first structured and supervised job,” Commisso said. “This is their foundation to grow into professionals. They get the meaning and value of work.”

Jessie Serfilippi
Chairman Sean Ward, Jessie Serfilippi, 22, of Delmar, and Majority Leader Frank Commisso at Wednesday’s orientation. Serfilippi, a graduate student at the College of St. Rose, will work in the Albany County Hall of Records this summer.
Mackenzie Ward
Mackenzie Ward gets her work identification picture taken Wednesday at the Albany County office building. The student of Holy Names aims to intern in the county’s Law Department this summer.

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