Kathleen Colley, University of Cincinnati
Kathleen Colley grew up moving around the country, but is now happy to call Cincinnati her home. She is a senior at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Economics and International Affairs. Kathleen is working in the Department of Trade and Development and enjoys learning about how economic development practices are implemented at the local level. After graduation, she hopes to continue studying economic development.
Laura Houston, University of Cincinnati
A Cincinnati native, Laura is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Laura received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010 and spent the last several years working in publishing in New York City. After almost a decade away from home, Laura is excited to be back in Cincinnati working in the City Manager’s Office. As a member of the communications team, she writes press releases, drafts talking points for the City Manager, researches media inquiries, and photographs civic events. This internship placement complements Laura’s passion for writing and effective communication, and strengthens her understanding of municipal government – a key asset as she moves into the final year of her Master’s program. After graduating, Laura hopes to leverage the skills learned as a Seasongood intern into a career that combines the fields of urban development and communication.
Ryan Laber, Ohio State University
Originally from Campbell County, KY, Ryan Laber is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and City & Regional Planning at Ohio State. His interests include site planning, land-use & transportation policy, and real estate & economic development. To date, Ryan has interned with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and with the Institute for Railway Transport, Construction, and Operation at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. Ryan is working as an intern with the Department of City Planning and is contributing to the development of Cincinnati’s draft Land Development Code. The experience has been very rewarding.
Erin Short, Wilmington College
Originally from Monroe, Ohio, Erin Short recently graduated from Wilmington College of Ohio with a B.A. in Social & Political Studies and a minor in Environmental Sciences. During her time at Wilmington, Erin partnered with the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C. to advocate for social justice, peace, and stewardship of the Earth. She is excited to be in Cincinnati interning in the Office of Performance & Data Analytics. The office is working to establish a comprehensive, integrated performance management program for the City. She hopes this experience will give her a better understanding of how local government works and provide her with a strong foundation for a career in civil service.
Trevor Smith, University of Cincinnati
Trevor Smith is from Trenton, New Jersey, and is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a major in Political Science and Economics and a certificate concentration in Homeland Environmental Security. He chose placement in the Office of Budget and Evaluation to connect his experiences as an undergraduate and gain a deeper knowledge of public finance and budget development. Trevor has a passion for learning about budgetary impacts on communities as a whole and wants to spend his career finding ways to leverage private investment for public works projects in order to facilitate economic growth and development in Cincinnati. Trevor will pursue a Master’s degree in Community Planning from UC and hopes to someday become a City Manager.