Despite the pandemic keeping many government employees working remotely, a Putnam County internship program is continuing. The Putnam Invests In Leaders of Tomorrow, or PILOT, is open to high school, college and graduate students. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the idea is to give young residents hands-on professional experience in county government. This year's summer session was delayed, but kicked off with a socially distanced orientation. This year, the PILOT applicants are more than just summer interns, they are also certified contact tracers. Due to a manageable caseload, interns were able to return to their previously scheduled summer work plans, including in the Health Department. Though they are now creating COVID-19 information pamphlets as well as assembling test kits.