Quinnipiac students get first-hand look at how government works

Quinnipiac University student Tymothee Kelley Anderson with Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra. Anderson has spent a portion of this summer working for Wydra. Contributed photo.

 

Quinnipiac University rising senior Tymothee Kelley Anderson is one of 10 students who have spent the summer getting a first-hand look at how municipal government works.

The students are working in offices at in both Hamden and North Haven governments. Anderson  is working with the Hamden Police Department and Chief Thomas Wydra.

The students are part of the university’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program, an initiative by the university that gives students the opportunity to work in municipal government offices with a department head as a mentor-supervisor. The fellowship is supported by a generous financial donor trust and the federal work-study program.

“Any experience in which I can use my knowledge to better a community is one that I’d say is my best professional experience to date,” Anderson said.

The fellowship program began at Quinnipiac in 2003 and gives students the opportunity to work in municipal government offices with a department head as a mentor-supervisor.

“The Quinnipiac University Fellows have been a real value to our town,” Mayor Curt Balzano Leng said. “This partnership with the university has been very fruitful for all involved.

“Several of our former Fellows went on to become full-time staff members and have been outstanding,” Leng said. “I look forward to many years of continuing and strengthening this program.”

Fellows are expected to report on their progress bi-weekly and to prepare major reports for the towns. Official presentations will be made Aug. 4.

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