The Mayor's Fellows
The Mayor's Fellows internship program provides both undergraduate and
masters-level students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how a
high-energy local government office operates. This program caters to
students satisfying class credit, fulfilling internship requirements, or those
simply wishing to gain experience working in public service, the community, and
the governmental arena.
The attached application, along with a resume and references, should be
completed and mailed, emailed, or faxed to:
South Carolina 29201
*In an effort to conserve paper, if you are able, please
email the completed application.
Should you have any questions regarding the internship program or
application, please contact Sam Johnson, Intern Coordinator, at (803) 545-3075.
Applications will be accepted until Monday, January 7th, 2013. The Fellowship for the spring semester will be from January 14th
to April 29th.
Please note that this is an unpaid internship program.
Download for an overview of the Mayor's Fellows program.
Click here to download an application to join the Mayor's Fellows for the summer semester.
Mayor Benjamin welcomes 2013 Spring
Columbia, SC – Mayor Steve Benjamin is proud to announce the selection
of the 2013 Spring Semester class of Mayor's Fellows.
Upon taking office, Mayor Benjamin launched the internship program that
has welcomed over 40 students to date. It is open to undergraduate, graduate,
and professional students and provides an opportunity to actively participate
in the municipal government process.
The Spring 2013 Mayor’s
Andrew Kovtun (Cleveland,
OH) is an International Business, Economics and Marketing triple major and French
and Russian language studies minor at the University of South Carolina. Andrew
sees the Mayor’s Fellows program as an opportunity to valuable gain insights
into the inner workings of city government and hopes to apply that knowledge
and his experience planning and collaborating on various city projects to a
future career in civil service and public administration. In his free time,
Andrew enjoys traveling, skiing, writing and learning new languages.
Anne N. Evangelista (Greensboro,
NC) is a senior Political Science major and Criminal Justice minor at the
University of South Carolina. Anne became interested in the Mayor's Fellows
program because it provided an opportunity to experience government in a
different way and hopes to learn more about the interaction between municipal
government and the citizens it serves. Anne is also a Resident Mentor and a
member of the USC Gospel Choir and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business
Elaine S. Farmer (Richmond,
VA) is a sophomore Business Major and Spanish Minor at the University of South
Carolina. She was drawn to the Mayor's Fellows Program by her interest in
community service and saw the program as a unique opportunity to broaden that
experience through working on programs like the new One Columbia: CityServe
initiative. In addition to her wide-ranging community-based activity, Elaine is
currently training for the Columbia Half-Marathon.
Keysha Arthur (Irmo,
SC) is a Midlands Technical College student graduating with an A.A.S. in Human
Services and will soon sit for her HS- BCP (Human Services- Board Certified
Practitioner) credentials. In the Fall Keysha will continue her studies by
pursuing a B.A. in Human Services, with emphasis in Community and
Organizational Leadership at Columbia College. Committed to serving others,
Keysha sees the Mayor’s Fellows program as an important step on the road to
becoming an effective community advocate.
Mallory O’Brien (Charleston,
SC) is a senior International Studies Major and Spanish Minor at the University
of South Carolina. Mallory became interested in the Mayor’s Fellow program
because she wanted to learn more about how local government works and hopes to
gain a better overall understanding of how the city of Columbia operates. In
her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends and family and play
Marcus Hart (Columbia,
SC) is a junior Public Affairs Major and Communications Minor in Columbia
College’s Evening Program. A Dreher High School graduate, Marcus sees the
Mayor’s Fellows program as the perfect opportunity to further himself and his
community. He is excited to work on initiatives aimed at retaining young, homegrown
talent through community development, job placement and providing various
recreational venues year-round. Marcus is a die-hard Gamecock and Green Bay
Packers fan and loves to talk about football 365 days out of the year; to him
there is no off season.
Sheimaliz Glover (Columbia,
SC) is a junior International Business & Marketing major-Chinese minor at
the University of South Carolina and a student in the International Business
& Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) academic program. She is heavily involved with
Student Government's Congressional Advisory Board and the International Student
Association. In the future, she aspires to be a U.S. Foreign Service Officer
specializing in social and economic development and joined the Mayor's Fellows
Program in order to gain firsthand experience on how policy turns into
practice. Sheimaliz grew up in a military family and enjoys dancing and creating
works of art.
Shuyang Zhao (Guangzhou,
China) is a Master of Accounting (MACC) student at the University of South
Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. This is her second year in Columbia,
SC and after graduation she plans to become an auditor. As someone who always
likes to try many new experiences, she volunteers for the Marine Mud Run and
helps at the YMCA by filing tax returns (VITA) for lower-income groups. Besides
satisfying her passion for new experiences as a foreign student studying in America,
she wishes to gain expertise by working in public service and the governmental
area. Shuyang believes the Mayors Fellows internship is an opportunity to
understand the City of Columbia while working within the community.
Taylor Fontan (Fishers,
IN) is a freshman at the University of South Carolina studying Political
Science with a double minor in Spanish and Business Administration and
absolutely loves being a Gamecock! She believes being a Mayor's Fellow is a
unique opportunity to immerse herself into Columbia and experience local
government firsthand. In her free time she enjoys long walks on the beach,
playing Zoo Tycoon and cheering on the New York Giants.
Taylor Lybrand (Spartanburg,
SC) is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina studying Political Science and Philosophy. He sees the Mayor's Fellows program as
an opportunity to get a feel for the practical side of politics that is rarely
experienced by the public. Municipal government is also interesting to him
primarily because it has such a direct impact on the lives of the citizens it
serves and hopes he can assist the Mayor in making a positive impact in
Columbia. After graduating, he plan to either attend law school or earn a
graduate degree in political theory.