USFSM, Sarasota County unite for public service careers day

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 12, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 12, 2016) University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students will learn about careers in public service as part of an informational tour of Sarasota County’s government offices this week.

The event, “County Career Connections,” is set for Wednesday, July 13, and follows a similar session three weeks ago in which 15 USFSM students traveled to Bradenton for a behind-the-scenes tour of Manatee County’s administrative offices and judicial center.

Sarasota County Career Connections Details

Students will mingle with department heads and listen to presentations as part of their tour. Assistant County Administrator Steve Botelho, Human Resources Director Joanie Whitley and Jeff Maultsby, director of Economic Development and a USFSM MBA alumnus, are expected to address the students.

Additionally, the students will attend a county commission meeting and hear from experts about county planning, information technology and other career options. The all-day tour, supported by Enterprise Holdings Foundation, is intended to show students of all levels and majors the career and internship opportunities available at local government.

“Sarasota County Government is excited about the opportunity to partner with USF Sarasota-Manatee in providing students with an introduction to public service and opportunities with county government,” County Administrator Tom Harmer said. “We look forward to continuing to grow our collaboration with USFSM as we explore potential recruiting and internships in key areas of service.”

About USFSM’s Dedication to Career Success

USFSM is committed to working with local employers like Sarasota County to identify meaningful careers for graduates.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to see first-hand the employment options available in public service,” USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone said. “In many cases, these are impactful career options and we are grateful that our students will be given the chance to learn more about them.”

Learn More About Sarasota County

For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit

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