ERIC Number: ED168921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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High School Interns in Local Government. A 4-H Community Development Project.
Sagan, Barbara M.
To help high school students learn first-hand about county and local government, educators in New York state developed a community internship program. The program stressed frequent discussions between students and officials to review meetings they had attended and to assess student progress on journals of local government activities, community study projects, and seminars with other interns. Teachers and/or representatives from agencies sponsoring internship programs began by contacting potential advisory committee members and local public officials. Advisory committee members then coordinated organizational matters such as scheduling internship activities, arranging release time, determining program costs, working with schools, obtaining formal approval, selecting students, arranging credit, and planning orientation sessions. Orientation sessions concentrated on background information about the county or municipality and program requirements and responsibilities. Projects on which interns worked included conducting research on current issues, polling constituents, responding to public questions and requests, and writing a constituent newsletter. Feedback from interns who participated in the program indicated that students became better informed about the workings of local government, enjoyed working directly with public officials, and gained exposure to career possibilities in local government. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, City Officials, Civics, Community Development, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Independent Study, Learning Activities, Local Government, Politics, Program Descriptions, Projects, Public Officials, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.; State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell Univ.
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