Two ESU Graduate Students Gain Real World Experience with the Middle Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors

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Photo caption: Middle Smithfield Township Supervisors Annette Atkinson and Mike Dwyer with intern Steven Natiello (center), an ESU graduate student from East Stroudsburg.

Two East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) graduate students, Ryan Senay and Steven Natiello, had the opportunity to gain real world experience while serving as interns for the Middle Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors this summer. Both students are pursuing their masters’ degrees in political science.

Senay, from Portland, Pa., attended township supervisor, committee, and marketing meetings during his internship. He also worked on special projects for the township supervisors, the township administrative coordinator, and multiple departments including sewer and planning. Additionally, he served as township liaison to the Middle Smithfield Historical Commission, helped grow township social media presence, and developed other communication initiatives such as a mass text message notification system and email marketing.

Natiello, from East Stroudsburg, Pa., managed digital media and moderated the website for the municipal golf course and the township. He also wrote press releases, communicated with the local press on behalf of the township and golf course, and coordinated with the golf subcommittee to design, manage, and maintain weekly advertising and email campaigns.

Senay and Natiello were supervised by Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., ESU associate professor of political science and Annette Atkinson, chairperson and operations and administrative director of the Middle Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors. “Ryan and Steven are stupendous interns,” according to Atkinson. “They have contributed greatly to the success of the projects the township is working on. Middle Smithfield Township couldn’t ask for better employees.”

For more information about ESU’s political science department or student internships, please contact Dr. Adams at 570-422-3924 or