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Massport Awards Annual David W. Davis Memorial Internship

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dorchester Student Awarded 13-Week Internship

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipient of the first annual David W. Davis Memorial Internship. The internship honors the memory of Dave Davis, the longest-serving Executive Director in the 53-year history of the Massachusetts Port Authority, leading Massport from 1975 until 1990.  The thirteen-week paid internship in the Authority’s Community Affairs Department was awarded to Dorchester resident Rosemary Allen.  Rosemary is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studies Communications and Social Thought and Political Economy.

“We are very pleased to award Rosemary with the David W. Davis Memorial Internship. Rosemary has shown a commitment to public service and volunteer activities both in her Dorchester community and as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Her commitment to family and community epitomizes what we were looking for when we established the internship program in memory of our friend and colleague Dave Davis and we welcome her contributions to our community affairs efforts.”

During his tenure Davis demonstrated a commitment to Massport’s neighbors as well as to its customers; Davis developed one of the very first residential soundproofing programs in the country. “Kidport” was another airport industry first that Davis unveiled at Boston Logan International Airport in 1987 as the nation’s first airport-based children’s play area. It was also under Davis’s leadership that Massport established its own employee retirement system, which Davis later joined when Massport’s employees elected Davis to be their representative on the retirement board in 1996.

The David W. Davis Memorial Internship is awarded annually to an exceptional junior or senior in college. The David W. Davis Memorial Internship allows students to develop a professional network that will aid them in their pursuit of a career in government and/or the public sector.

To be considered for the David W. Davis Memorial Internship, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay of 1,000 words describing why they believe a career in public service is essential to their career interests. In her essay, Rosemary described the “importance of sustaining relationships between businesses and the people they serve so that communities can remain a close and encouraging place to live and develop.” Students interested in applying for the 2014 internship should visit for eligibility requirements.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.  For more information please visit