Twelve Quinnipiac University students are gaining valuable hands-on experience in local government this summer.
The university awarded Presidential Public Service Fellowships to juniors and seniors to help them gain a clear understanding of how town governments operate.
“The mission of the fellowship is both educational and civic,” said Scott McLean, professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the program. “The fellowship seeks to expose fellows to the workings of municipal government, the history of the community and issues of economic development.”
Fellows go through an extensive orientation program and bi-weekly seminar/dinners with guest public servants who help them reflect on their experiences in the town, he said.
Fellows met with Connecticut leaders, including Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, at the State Capitol on July 24.
The students also spoke with Senate Majority Leader and Quinnipiac Adjunct Professor Martin Looney, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Mark Ojakian, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s chief of staff.
The program is open to all Quinnipiac juniors and seniors, regardless of major.