Charleston, W.Va. – Kyle Hickernell, a summer intern with the Secretary of State’s Office, was presented the West Virginia Information Technology Intern of the Year Award Thursday in Charleston.
The IT Intern of the Year is a young IT professional who has contributed to a major state initiative while working for the State while still attending college. Hickernell is a senior at WVU Tech in Montgomery, seeking his bachelor’s degree in management information systems.
| Kyle Hickernell, left, hands in his final internship project to Secretary Tennant on his last day in August.
Department of Administration Secretary Robert Ferguson and Kyle Shaffer of the Governor’s Office of Technology handed out the awards.
During Hickernell’s internship, he rewrote the Secretary of State’s e-commerce application for the web site, making it more secure and adding functionality for checking PrePaid Accounts, as well as providing a link to the Treasurer’s Payment site. He completed the project in less than two months.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant and Beth Ann Surber, the IT manager for the Secretary of State’s Office, accepted the award on Hickernell’s behalf at the awards ceremony and luncheon.
“In our office, we wanted our interns to actually learn how government worked,” Tennant
said. “I wanted to give our interns hands on experience so they could go back to school and have something to build on. We had Kyle working closely with our IT department, and he was a valuable asset to us. He’s going to do great things. I congratulate him on this award. It is well deserved.”
| Members of the Secretary of State IT Division accepted Hickernell's award on his behalf. They are, from left, Bill Carter, Sean Rose, Secretary Tennant, Beth Ann Surber, and Mike Hardt.
The other Intern of the Year Award winner is Jeremy Azevedo. His project was an email archiving database for the executive branch. Jeremy was an intern in the Client Services Division of the Office of Technology.
Ferguson and Shaffer also presented the Digital Government Awards, which recognize achievement in improving collaboration between government and citizens, businesses, and other government agencies.