St. Petersburg College’s Public Policy and Administration program has formed a new partnership, this time with the City of Largo, who will appoint one SPC student each year into their Management Fellowship program.
The Management Fellowship, which pays $33,280 and lasts for 12 months, is open only to recent SPC graduates with a bachelor’s in Public Policy & Administration. During their time with the City of Largo, students will gain experience in business process improvement, strategic planning, performance measurement, annual budgeting, capital improvements and policy implementation.
The first student to participate in the program will be Rajiv Rambaran, who will begin the position immediately after he graduates in May. He will be working in the Budget and Performance Department. Rambaran has a history with the City of Largo, having lived there for 20 years. He served in a number of leadership positions while at SPC, including peer mentoring, the SGA Executive Board, the Public Policy and Administration Advisory Committee, FCCMA student council sub-committee, and as the ICMA Student Chapter President.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Rambaran said. “The Public Policy and Administration program has greatly prepared me. The guidance from the program leadership, especially Professors Elizabeth Van Scoyoc and Jeff Kronschnabl, has been invaluable.”
The City of Largo’s Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Joan Walko, said she believes Rambaran will be a great fit for the Largo team.
“He had the best combination of work and volunteer experience and involvement in related student professional associations,” Walko said. “In addition, he was enthusiastic about the internship and working for the City, even if just in a temporary capacity.”
Public Policy and Administration Instructor-in-Charge Jeff Kronschnabl said Largo was the second Pinellas County city to partner and offer an opportunity for our students.
“The City of Seminole was the first, and we are now into the fifth of a 10-year commitment with them,” he said. “Students who have gone through this outstanding program are now employed into full time positions and making significant differences in the community.”
Kronschnabl said he’s excited about creating more opportunities for students in the future.
“There are 22 more cities in Pinellas County,” he said, “so there is more work to do.”