The City of Houston had a hiring freeze – no new police, first responders in the event of floods – but managed to create a new $95,000 a year internship for someone the Mayor has “a past working relationship” with, after initially claiming to have no idea who the intern was. The position allows the candidate to decide for themselves whether to stay on at the conclusion of the 12- to 18-month internship.
Curiously, the $95,000 internship isn’t at George Bush International Airport (IAH) or Houston Hobby (HOU) but at general aviation Houston Municipal Airport.
Houston Bush Intercontinental
Although the Mayor says the internship is necessary “to identify and train young professionals” and part of his efforts at “recruiting talented millennials to work in municipal government” the man holding the internship seems to already have been identified and is hardly new to government work. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and had already been employed by the City of Houston since 2014.
And while the Mayor’s office has also said the position was created “to attract new talent in the field of aviation” and it isn’t being filled with ‘new’ talent, it’s also not being filled by someone with any previous experience or listed familiarity with aviation.
At $95,000 per year plus no experience with no aviation experience, imagine how well you could do in the Executive Internship Program at the Houston Municipal Airport if you had aviation credentials? Well, aviation credentials and close ties to the Mayor.
(HT: Nicki N.)