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Many City employees started out as interns or fellows. Here's what they have to say about their experiences ...

 

     
  Heather Campisano  
     

I worked as an intern in the Development Review Department at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the summer prior to my senior year in college. This internship proved to be a great opportunity for me as I was offered a permanent position at the BRA after graduation.

I have been working in the same department within Economic Development for the past 7 ½ years, and was promoted to Deputy Director for Development Review in 2006. I currently manage a staff of ten Project Managers and oversee the permitting process for all projects within the City of Boston.

Heather Campisano

Development Review Intern

Current Position: Deputy Director for Development Review

 

     
  Nigel Jacob  
     

Working in City government can be an extremely challenging environment. One must be able to successfully deal with new issues on-the-fly as they arise and be able to be very pro-active and strategic in developing new initiatives, projects, etc.

The kind of experience I accrued during my time as a fellow couldn't be bought. I was given access to the highest levels of City government and was able to take part in the decision-making process quite often. I worked as an Urban Mechanics Fellow for a year, and I very much consider this time a crash-course MBA in public management.

Nigel Jacob

Urban Mechanics Fellow

Current Position: Senior Advisor for Emerging Technologies

 

Chris Osgood

Fellow

Current Position: Advisor to the Mayor

Through an internship with the City of Boston, you learn about government; you make a tangible impact, and you work with a great group of colleagues. It's a rewarding experience and a tremendous opportunity for anyone interested in public service.


 

     
  Sarah Zaphiris  
     

I started as a Fellow in the Mayor's Office in 1998. As a Fellow, I was able to observe how the Mayor interacted with his Cabinet, Department Heads, and senior staff and saw first hand how ideas became official policies and programs. I learned how to contribute effectively as well as critical writing and verbal communication skills. The Fellowship prepared me for future employment by exposing me to the operations of city government. My current position is Policy Advisor to Mayor Menino.

Sarah Zaphiris

Fellow

Current Position: Advisor to the Mayor

 

Ryan Fitzgerald

Mayor's Office Intern

Current Position: Director of Sports, Fitness & Recreation, Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Going into my summer internship, working in the Mayor's Office, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I reported to the Deputy Chief of Staff, assisting her on various special projects, but was also encouraged to take on assignments with other city departments. I learned a tremendous amount about the issues and challenges that affect our great city and witnessed, firsthand, the hard work of those responsible for taking them on.

More than anything, I came away with a deep respect and admiration for those who commit their lives to public service. I was struck by how truly dedicated, hardworking and caring the city leaders were when it came to serving Boston's residents. I strive everyday to put as much energy and passion into my work as those I observed on the 5th Floor that summer. This was the greatest impact of my internship on my professional life.

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