UMass Boston Students Become Boston City Hall “Insiders” for a Day

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More than two dozen UMass Boston students spent the day at Boston City Hall learning about internship and fellowship opportunities at an event last week designed to establish a pipeline of student talent and prepare them for premiere public service career opportunities in municipal government.An initiative of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office in collaboration with the university’s Office of Community Partnerships, Career Services, and the College of Liberal Arts, students were introduced to top city officials who are shaping the way Boston is managing issues ranging from criminal justice and education to immigration and housing.

Select city departments offered a glimpse into the types of projects and policies they focus on, highlighting current priorities and innovative research underway.

Chief of Policy and UMass Boston alumnus Joyce Linehan ’96, ‘04 kicked off the event with welcome remarks and shared a personal story about her journey into city government. Linehan has held many leadership positions within the community, and is known for her involvement with local political campaigns and programs supporting the arts.

Other UMass Boston alums joined the visiting students for small group speed-talk sessions, offering tips about life after graduation and providing insight into how they transitioned into their own City Hall careers.

Brendan Little ’13, policy director for the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, first began his city career while a matriculating UMass Boston student. Little recalled the fears and insecurities he felt about his non-traditional path in education and shared words of encouragement with the students.

“I just remember school being a lot of time of fears and doubts,” Little said. “You can overcome them and [you] are not alone. There are people who work within the city government that care.”

Little also acknowledged that his years as a UMass Boston student prepared him for the work he does in the recovery community today, helping people of …

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