At Weston Town Hall, interns are essential.
During her 21 years working at the town hall, Sharon Shattuck, the town’s information systems manager, has overseen 10 interns. Usually, these youthful employees spend many years under Ms. Shattuck and have an in-depth knowledge of computers.
“For the most part, our interns do IT [information technology] work, but they also have to be able to do odd jobs when needed,” said Ms. Shattuck. “Since being here involves interaction with so many people, they also must be able to work with adults.”
The current intern, Zak Goldmanscher, began working at town hall in his sophomore year of high school. About five years ago, Mr. Goldmanscher came to town hall looking for computer work he could do in his spare time.
Now a rising senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Goldmanscher’s tasks as an intern over the years have shaped his interest in computers: He is pursuing a degree in information security and forensics.
Much of Mr. Goldmanscher’s work at town hall includes basic systems administration. He helps to maintain the network at town hall and assists those who are having computer trouble. Over the years, he has become familiar with the diverse software installed on the computers of town hall’s various departments. Website administration and maintenance is another one of Mr. Goldmanscher’s daily tasks.
He has also been exposed to town hall duties that are not necessarily computer-related, as interns are expected to be flexible and fill in wherever needed.
“When someone is out, it is often an intern’s duty to take over for them. So they become well acquainted with everything that we do here,” said Ms. Shattuck.
“I spend a lot of time stuffing envelopes in addition to working with computers,” said Mr. Goldmanscher. “But I enjoy the work at town hall because I have appreciated growing up in Weston, and surrounding myself with the great people here. And for someone so integrated in the computer world, having forced social interaction is always a plus.”
Usually Ms. Shattuck hires at least two interns at a time. This summer, Mr. Goldmanscher will be joined by his younger brother, Schuylar, a Weston High School senior.
Sky, as he is known, will also help with computers at town hall and will fill in as needed. He plans to attend Hampshire College in the fall.
Ms. Shattuck said though hired on a temporary basis, the interns become a part of the town hall family and they tend to keep a long-standing connection with town hall. “I always form a bond with my interns,” Ms. Shattuck said. “After they go, I try and keep in touch with [them] as much as possible.”