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Review for Local Government Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Local Government Academy's Municipal Internship provided me with an amazing experience in local government, far beyond any expectations that I had. Beginning with the search for an internship, the LGA staff was so helpful. Even though was not able to attend the internship fair, they were able to connect me with internship opportunities that appeared both interesting and rewarding. Once I was hired for an internship with Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus, the LGA provided invaluable support and networking. The two professional development sessions were great experiences. The first session afforded the interns the opportunity to explore how local governments can be at the vanguard of sustainable development and planning. The second session served as an introduction to the myriad of careers that are available in the local public sector, in addition to strategies to entering and thriving in these careers. This particular session opened my eyes to the important and rewarding work that is done by local governments, and certainly spurred my own thoughts of a career in local public service. The LGA sessions also provided me with an excellent opportunity to meet other interns, share our experiences, and make a few good friends. The internship itself was one of the best experiences I have had so far - not only was I provided with relevant, interesting, and important projects, but I was also welcomed into the office, where I quickly felt at home. I was also given the opportunity to witness local government by attending council meetings and hearings, in addition to neighborhood community meetings and discussions with constituents. I am permanently indebted to Councilman Kraus and his wonderful staff for making my internship experience so amazing. In sum, the LGA Municipal Internship Program was an amazing experience. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with some interest in local government - interns in this program are provided with excellent opportunities and unparalleled support.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its unparalleled commitment to improving the quality of life for local residents by ensuring that they have the most qualified and well-trained elected and appointed officials.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceedingly helpful, and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

recruit, train and support and entire generation of passionate, intelligent, and committed leaders in local goverment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Former staff & I work as an intern in the office of Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus, which was funded and supported by the LGA's Municipal Internship Program.