This summer, the City of Pittsfield is pleased to host several interns in various city departments. As part of this effort, we’ve conducted brief interviews with each of them to showcase their various talents and interests.
Today’s profile features Petrea Mannello an intern in the Office of Community Development.
Please indicate your current school and major. What made you choose your major/minor?
I am a rising senior at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. I am majoring in both Classics and cultural anthropology. I choose to double major because I feel the cornerstones of these fields are stories. I love hearing all different kinds of stories that stretch both time and place.
What made you chose the City of Pittsfield for your internship? Feel free to indicate anything else regarding your interest in local government.
Pittsfield is the urban center for Berkshire County as well as the most diverse city in the county. Local government is the closest form of government to the people. This internship has exposed me to the realities that small and underfunded cities face.
Tell us what you’ve been busy working on so far during your internship.
I have been working with the fresh food initiative on Tyler Street, Northbound Ventures, in conjunction with the Berkshire Dream Center, to help create a business plan for a new Dining with Dignity program where community members can eat restaurant style instead of the traditional soup-kitchen cafeteria style setting. We are also working on a feasibility study on possibly having a food retail (such as a food co-op or food buying group) in the Tyler Street neighborhood.
What’s an accomplishment you’re most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud of was starting a non-profit when I was 13. I loom-knitted hats and gave them to underprivileged kids at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires as well as the Brayton Elementary School in North Adams.
What are your future plans (if any) post-college?
My post-college plans are to attend graduate school; possible directions I am considering include law and accounting.