On July 2, 2007, BDS welcomed students from Portland Public Schools’ School to Work Program and IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) to the bureau to participate in short-term summer internships offered by the bureau. Both of these programs are designed to focus on career development by educating, preparing and hiring high school students during the summer.
In total we have ten students, working in various sections: Site Development, Administrative Services, Compliance Services, Development Services Center, Customer Service, Information Technology, Combination Inspections, Signs/Electrical Inspections and Neighborhood Inspections. In addition, to learning about and performing duties for these sections, the students will be touring the Armory in Northwest Portland, the OHSU Tram and attending a council meeting. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Randy Leonard and learn about his biodiesel initiative.
This program is intended to encourage, mentor and provide our youth with tools for success in their future careers. In return, the City of Portland is hopeful that some of these students will choose future careers with us. Stay tuned for more information on this pilot internship program.
For more information, contact Program Outreach Coordinator, Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109.
Submitted by Tiffani Penson
BDS Program Outreach Coordinator