Summer success

DPMG Ronald A. Stroman presents Engineering Systems intern Dan Radtke with a certificate of appreciation at a recent graduation ceremony for summer interns in Washington, DC.

Many of the 35 college students who spent the summer interning with USPS completed projects that helped the organization innovate and become more efficient.

For example, Engineering Systems intern Dan Radtke designed and manufactured a tray transfer device to improve mail automation. The design could be patented for the Postal Service.

“Our group was energized by working with Dan and having his perspective as a rising engineer,” said Letter Mail Technology Manager Todd Schimmel.

Two Operations Industrial Engineering interns, Jake Evans and Austin Raney, used Lean Six Sigma tools to identify processes that, if replicated nationwide, could save USPS an estimated $7 million.

In Capital Metro Area, intern Amy Powell analyzed maintenance tickets and helped reduce open orders by approximately 50 percent, while Eastern Area intern Priya Hegde helped reduce rejected mailpieces at the Pennwood Place, PA, Processing and Distribution Center.

Other notable projects included Brand Marketing intern Taylor Crawford’s marketing concepts for Pets stamps promotions.

“These students made significant contributions to USPS,” said Learning and Development Director Susan McKeen. “We look forward to building on the success of our intern program and continuing to invest in our future workforce.”

The 10-week summer intern program is open to college juniors and seniors. Employees seeking more information should email inquiries to