City Council Internship Program
One of my personal goals as a City Council member has been to encourage residents to participate in local government. There are many decisions being made by council and staff that effect the day to day lives of the citizens we serve.
I am particularly focused on giving young people an opportunity to be involved. During the summer of 2013, I implemented an internship program for college students who are interested in how local government operates. My interns have the opportunity to witness first hand how policy is made, how these policies directly effect citizens, and how the decisions made by state and federal agencies can impact our local city government.
I am happy to talk with any students who might be interested in interning with me.
The following are reflections by two of my interns:
“Interning with Glendora Mayor Judy Nelson has been one of the most rewarding and fascinating learning experiences for me. Through a multitude of different meetings, conferences, and informative workshops, I have been exposed to the inner workings of local, state, and federal government and how they intertwine with one another. Mayor Nelson does a fantastic job of including you in many of the discussions and debates of current issues affecting the city and the surrounding area overall.” –Pooja Kumar, Cal Poly Pomona Junior, majoring in Biology with a Political Science minor
“My internship with Mayor Nelson has developed my understanding of local government and the true meaning of larger concepts like federalism, governance, and political compromise. This program is a comprehensive learning experience where interns are fully immersed in community affairs. I have learned the most while attending various community meetings, which allowed me to hear many discussions regarding imminent issues cities must face. I highly recommend this internship to anyone with an interest in the public sector, political office, law, or business. City affairs overlap with almost every other sector, so one can learn a lot regardless of the long term career path in mind.” —Noelle Cozbar, 2014 University of LaVerne graduate with a BA in Political Science and BA in Speech Communication